May 2019 newsletter

Quarterly news and information - May 2019.

Key points from the board meeting on 15 March 2019

Progress to finalise changes to board arrangements

The integration of the Derbyshire and Derby City Boards into a single body from September 2019. The joint Working Group continue to make progress. The host for the Integrated Board and the Board Business Unit will be Derby City Council. Details of the final arrangements will be published in June 2019.

Performance and risk management

A working group, reporting to the Core Business Group, is developing processes and information flows, along with the important need to provide greater analytical capacity to support the board in its evaluation and assurance activities. Future meetings will address consistent data detail and collection.

Neglect strategy

The neglect strategy has been updated and approved by the board. The action plan to reflect these changes will be revised accordingly.

CDOP themed panel – suicide and self-harm

A well-received report, based on careful analysis of 5 recent cases. We are looking to disseminate the findings as widely as possible.

Annual report

The board annual report was formally signed off.

'What did the board achieve on 15 March?’

Responses referred to:

  • the adopted findings of the CDOP themes panel report
  • progress by the sub-groups
  • agreement on revisions to the neglect strategy
  • improving the collaborative work on CSE and 'missing'
  • the ability to feed back information to front-line staff

Early help review

The fourth meeting of the Early Help Task and Finish Group was held on 16 May 2019. The group was convened under the auspices of the Safeguarding Children Board to ensure appropriate collaborative and consistent working between agencies. It will continue to meet to that end until September 2019. The key outcomes of the last 2 meetings were:

  • noting that Derbyshire County Council Cabinet agreed the recommendations for the Derbyshire County Council's Children's Services Early Help Review, after scrutiny call-in - they are now being implemented, subject to appropriate consultation
  • the task and finish group is in the process of developing a fully collaborative approach between agencies in respect of the delivery and operation of early help services across Derbyshire by all agencies, recognising the impact on all partner agencies - an approach encouraged by the Local Government Association - the draft has been developed and agreed by members of the group – it will be shared for endorsement by the next DSCB full board in June
  • workforce development colleagues will facilitate and encourage the use of consistent practice standards, developed by the task and finish group and monitored and managed by the learning and development group
  • a single-page workflow diagram has been developed to enable understanding of the early help process and will incorporate 'family solutions' points at natural intervals - this is due to be launched imminently along with updated early help guidance and assessment tools

Any questions on the content of this newsletter or other safeguarding matters should be addressed to the business unit, email:  derbyshire.scb@derbyshire.gov.uk

Serious case reviews and serious incident learning reviews

Please ensure that your knowledge around learning from serious cases is up to date. We'll be publishing learning from 2 recent reviews in the coming weeks.

Action plans are in place for all our learning reviews to ensure that all the recommendations are implemented and there are improvements to how agencies work to safeguard children as a result.

Information regarding national serious case review learning is also available.

The Derbyshire ‘Learning from Derbyshire Serious Case Reviews and Serious Incident Learning Reviews 2014 – 2017’ is attached to this page.

Training programme

The DSCB training programme for the period April 2019 to September 2019 is available. The training programme supports the implementation of the DSCB priorities.

Mental health training

It’s important to recognise and respond to mental health issues affecting children, young people and parents. Derbyshire County Council are currently offering a range of mental health training courses for practitioners, particularly those who are less familiar with working with mental health issues. 

Policies and procedures

Updated early help assessment tools and guidance

The early help assessment tools and guidance have been updated to enable practitioners across all agencies to identify and respond to emerging needs. This will help to ensure that children, young people and families receive the right help at the right time and to prevent problems from escalating.

For the early help guidance, toolkit, and TAF meeting document please see the DSCB documents library.

The providing early help procedure can be found in the DSCB procedures.

The DSCB is asking all agencies to support their practitioners in familiarising themselves with the new tools. Please share the information with your teams and speak to your managers about what support you can get to develop your early help assessment skills.

Updated children at risk of exploitation (CRE)

This procedure (formerly known as Children Abused Through Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)) has been fully reviewed, broadened and updated to incorporate the different forms of exploitation to which children may be subject. The procedure identifies the similarities between the different forms of exploitation and the overlap between sexual (CSE) and criminal exploitation (CCE). It incorporates the numerous models in which exploitation may be identified including CSE, CCE including exploitation by criminal gangs also known as 'county lines', modern slavery, extremism and radicalisation, internet based exploitation and children who go missing.

A new 'child at risk of exploitation (CRE) risk assessment toolkit' has also been published to identify and plan to protect children at risk of being exploited at the earliest opportunity. This replaces the 'child at risk of sexual exploitation toolkit'.

The CRE toolkit can be found in the assessment tools section of the DSCB documents library.

The children at risk of exploitation (CRE) procedure can be found in the DSCB procedures.

Information sharing

The information sharing agreement and information sharing guidance for practitioners are now available in the DSCB multi-agency safeguarding children procedures and document library.

Please see the DSCB multi-agency safeguarding children procedures.

There is a full list of amendments to policy and procedures.

To ensure that you receive an alert when the procedures manual is updated, please register for updates. Please ensure you regularly visit our website for updates to policy and guidance in the documents library.

Recent updates to the DSCB documents library also include:

  • use of written agreements
  • Derbyshire dissent from CP conference and dissent form
  • multi-agency protocol for pre-birth assessments

Learning event

Book now for the annual DSCB learning event.

The day will offer a multi-agency focus to essential local and national learning, keynote speakers, participation activities throughout the day and a networking lunch.

The theme for this year's event is 'emotional wellbeing and reducing the risk of youth suicide'.

The event will be held on Thursday 11 July 2019 from 9:30am to 4pm at:

The Post Mill Centre
Market Close
South Normanton
Alfreton
DE55 2EJ

To secure a place, please contact Ella Boulton, email: ella.boulton@derbyshire.gov.uk

Future newsletters

If you have information or news that you would like to share via the newsletter, please contact Ella Boulton, email: ella.boulton@derbyshire.gov.uk

The deadline for the next bulletin is 5 July 2019.