It marks another very busy period for the DSCB and our partner agencies with the commencement of the next phase of multi- agency auditing focusing on neglect. Multi- agency auditing has already taken place in relation to domestic abuse and the key lessons from this are detailed below.
In addition, a programme of board and sub-group meetings has been held, including a full board meeting which took place in March 2017.
This was attended by HHJ Bellamy, the Designated Family Judge for Derbyshire. He said:
I was delighted to be invited to the meeting of the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board on 10 March 2017. The Children Act 2004 requires every local authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board [LSCB] for their area.
The function of a LSCB is 'to co-ordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the board for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area of the authority by which it is established…and…to ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for those purposes.' (Section 14(1)).
I was deeply impressed by the meeting I attended. In particular, I was impressed by the number of professionals who attended, by the range of issues that were considered, by the level of individual participation by those who attended and by the leadership provided by its Independent Chair, Chris Cook OBE.
It appeared to me to be a board that is in good heart and clearly committed to its core task of working together to ensure that children and young people in Derbyshire are kept safe and have their needs met.
We are working closely with all agencies and the local family justice system to ensure that lessons from serious case reviews can be embedded effectively in practice.
We are planning to have an annual training and development day which will focus entirely on lessons learned, both locally and nationally. If you would like to be notified of this free event please preregister your interest by email: firstname.lastname@example.org