Summary of CSCB Meeting – 22nd July 2019
Di Smith (Independent Chair CSCB) welcomed attendees to the final meeting under the current arrangements of the CSCB before it becomes the Croydon Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) from 1st September 2019.
Updates From Previous Meetings
The CDOP Annual report was approved for publishing – it can be found here on the CSCB website.
The Neglect development Day was well attended – however there will be a follow up with Education and CVA about their engagement.
Following recommendations from the Vulnerable Adolescents review to place schools at the heart of everything we do when looking at these young people, there was a small task and finish group set up including schools and education. Neil Matthews (Det Superintendent, Metropolitan Police) led on this. Around 25-30 schools attended a workshop where findings of the VA review were shared focusing on “this is what we know” with the purpose of identifying what can we do about it. A further meeting of the Task and Finish Group is due to take place and the future plan is to roll out the learning to the rest of the schools in the Autumn.
Update on Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements
Di Smith presented this item. The new logo created by Anita McGrath has been approved by the CSCP Executive. The new arrangements were published at the end of June.
You can see the full details of the new arrangements here.
Existing arrangements will continue as business as normal until full implementation from the 1st September 2019.
The CSCB website will be developed over the next three to six months. The idea is that there will be one base to find all Croydon information and documents from a number of agencies.
Update on child Death Process Under the New Arrangements
Croydon’s proposed arrangements for the Child Death Review process had been circulated in advance of the meeting. Dr Shade Alu (Designated Doctor Child Protection) presented this item.
The two main partners in the new child death process are CCG and the local authority. There is an emphasis on health who have the main responsibilities.
Oversight and responsibility for child death has moved from the Department for Education to the Department of Health.
There was a requirement to have a footprint are for CDOP that is big enough to enable the analysis of themes and trends relating to child deaths. Therefore Croydon has become part of the South West London CDOP footprint.
The first meeting of the SWL CDOP will be on 3rd September 2019 and it will be chaired by Rachel Flowers, Croydon’s Director of Public Health.
Quality Assurance & Development Work
1: Private Fostering Report.
Steve Hall (Chair of the Private Fostering Panel) presented this item. You can view his presentation here.
There were only 33 notifications in the last 12 months.
The largest proportion of the termination of private fostering arrangements is because the child turned 16 years old (43%). 14% returned to birth families, 29% became looked after by the local authority and 14% were orders obtained by PFC. These numbers exclude the language schools.
Themes from the PF arrangements (excludes language schools):
- Permanence – There are a number of cases where arrangements are presented to the PF Panel, where issues exists which relate to permanence. Often children are placed in circumstances where parents are overseas or not in regular contact with the Private Foster carers. This can result in circumstances where decisions regarding the future arrangements for these children are unclear.
- Immigration status – Of the 52 current active cases within the PF team, 9 currently have issues relating to the immigration status of the young person. In some cases parents are no longer able to enter the UK and therefore their ability to exercise PR effectively is questionable
The full report will be available on the CSCB website once approved.
2: Who we are and where are we going?
This report from Children’s, Families and Education was presented by their Executive Director Rob Henderson. The presentation can be seen here
- Putting children at the centre of all that we do. Trying to stop fitting children into boxes that we have set out.
- Put the child at the centre and focus on solutions.
- Building and sustaining trusting relationships.
- Doing things with children and their families, not to them, and enabling independence.
- Listening to children and their families.
- Language shift.
- Working with the whole family, the school and the community.
- Making the journey of the child and family as simple as possible. Try and hold the family with one worker as much as possible.
- Delivering services as early as possible.
The outcomes Children’s Social Care focus on are Health, Education and Social Development.
There was positive challenge from partners in the room, to clarify how the cultural change, and positive outcomes for children would be evidenced.
Partners thanked Rob for his presentation and commented that the signs of improvement were visible and tangible.
Celebration Of Achievements Of The CSCB
There was an activity held on each table, to capture the achievements the attendees believe the CSCB has secured this year.
- Vulnerable Adolescents Review leading to real change which has been nationally recognised.
- Positive constructive challenge. An example being Health & Children’s social care didn’t really know each other’s culture, work undertaken has shown a healthy appetite to know and understand other challenges, leading to better working together.
- More data has helped us know ourselves, the good bits and the areas for development.
- Continuity of the CSCB members; building confidence which supports a strong direction.
- The issue of Neglect and how we have started a journey and made positive steps.
- Children with disabilities is now on our agenda.
- SCRs; 9 in one year where there was no compromise on quality.
- SCRs have focused minds and influenced strategic and political decisions.
- The quality of the support given to ensure the quality of the work was not compromised.
- Communications have started to improve and have become more joined up.
- Better quality of free training on offer which is being used by a wider reach into the community and professionals.
- Contextual safeguarding and the complex adolescent panel are all positive. The CAP doesn’t just stop at the Social Worker; however it needs to be shared more widely.
- New CSCP arrangements; smooth transition.
- Improvements following visible leadership and change in the local authority.
- Partnership buy in, driving change, working well together, parallel planning, an appetite for working.
Di Smith concluded this session by thanking all members of CSCB for their commitment and for the contribution they had made to the effectiveness of partnership working. She said that the CSCB was concluding on a positive note and she thanked everyone for their contribution.
The first meeting of the CSCP will take place on Monday 25th November 2019