Summary of the Croydon Safeguarding Children Partnership Meeting
The meeting was well attended and took place on 25th November 2019. Di Smith welcomed everyone to the inaugural meeting of the CSCP under the new Partnership arrangements as outlined in ‘Working Together 2018’. Di introduced herself as the CSCPs Independent Chair and Scrutineer.
Croydon’s new arrangements were implemented on 1 September 2019.
Di Smith presented an overview on the role of the Partnership and the work programme for the coming year. Each of the 3 Chairs of the Priority Groups provided an update on the work already taken place and the work plan for the future.
The Priority groups are:
- Vulnerable Adolescents – chaired by Neil Cochlin – Detective Superintendent Met Police
- Neglect – chaired by Rob Henderson – Executive Director, Children, Families and Education
- Children With Disabilities – chaired by Elaine Clancy – Joint Chief Nurse Croydon CCG & CHS.
Right Time Right Place
Nick Pendry (LBC – Director Early Help and Children’s Social Care) & Iain Lowe (LBC – Head of SPOC & Assessments) presented this interactive session where each table was given a different case study showing the detail given on a referral. . Nick Pendry challenged attendees to move away from thinking about ‘thresholds’ or ‘referrals’ but to consider how different agencies could work together to meet the needs of the child or young person and their family.
Each table provided feedback on their individual case studies. Without exception they all wanted more information. Iain Low reminded attendees that these were actual referrals received into the MASH SPOC.
Other comments included:
- the case should have been managed by the school, after reference to their own policies and procedures
- other schools contacted for advice
- advice sought from the LADO
- the need for further exploration of background information
- personal support / buddy system / mentor
- professional curiosity
- the position of A&E doctors when presented with an injured child or young person
- the pressures of social media
- exploring the child’s history
- the availability of services operating between ‘significant harm’ and ‘early help’
- the need for a conversation
- the partnership’s desire to enable professionals to have difficult conversations
Di Smith thanked Nick Pendry and Iain Low for the useful session that presented different strategic issues and illustrated the practical challenges encountered when trying to keep children and young people safe. The exercise provided attendees with a better understanding of the work of SPOC particularly in relation to inadequate or inappropriate referrals.
Next meeting of the Croydon Safeguarding Children Partnership;
Monday 24 February 2020