Message from the Independent Chair
Having now chaired three meetings of the board, I have been impressed by the collective and individual commitment clearly evident from all partners to securing the most effective safeguarding possible for children in Derbyshire.
It will be vital that we all maintain this commitment, as we enter a period of transition not only in our board arrangements, but also in how we work together in areas such as early help, child protection, domestic abuse and increasingly, neglect.
I was privileged to chair a conference in Derbyshire a few days ago on serious case reviews. I was reminded of the fundamentals of being vigilant and persistent in all we do, sharing information and insights with relevant colleagues across agencies and, most important of all, of listening to children… and acting on what we are told.
There was nothing profound in that reminder, or there shouldn’t have been, but I share it with you, as the fundamentals are easy for all of us to forget in the daily complexities in which we become immersed. Seeing and listening to children must be at the heart of what we do!