Apr 11

Update from Di Smith – Independent Chair CSCB

It has been a busy few months and I am grateful to so many of you for your contribution.

Two Serious Case Reviews have been published by CSCB since January. These SCRs have required the active involvement of all agencies and I want to thank those of you who have taken part for your commitment and professionalism. It is now up to everyone to ensure that we learn from these SCRs; as practitioners, as individual agencies and as a multi-agency partnership. One of the challenges from Ofsted was that we need to embed the learning from SCRs. We recognise that this is a real challenge and it will be the focus for discussion at our next Board meeting.

In the meantime, please read the SCRs on the CSCB website and take some time to reflect on the learning and implications for your own work.

As Independent Chair of CSCB I report every month to the Improvement Board on the progress we are making as a partnership. It has been encouraging to report on the following developments:

·         Vulnerable Adolescent Thematic Learning Review;
·         Roll out of Graded Care Profile 2 training;
·         Development of the Neglect Strategy;
·         Learning from Serious Case Reviews.

Changes to local arrangements for safeguarding have been outlined in the Government’s proposed revisions to ‘Working Together’. The CSCB is required to develop a proposal for what these changes will mean for Croydon. The three safeguarding partners referred to in the guidance are; the local authority, the police and the CCG and it is their responsibility to develop a coherent and relevant response for implementation in Croydon. Senior representatives of the three safeguarding partners in Croydon are meeting regularly as the Executive Group and will consult and engage with the broader CSCB over the coming months. The new arrangements will need to be implemented in 2019.

Regular updates on these developments will be included in the CSCB newsletter so please look out for these.

Thank you once again for your commitment to the safety and wellbeing of the children and young people of Croydon.

Kind regards

Di Smith
Interim Independent Chair of CSCB

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