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					                         Slough
                   Local Safeguarding
                     Children Board

                                 Annual Report
                 1st April 2009 – 31st October 2010

           Version Control
           Controller: Mary Shannon
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1 Draft          LSCB     Annual Report     1.4.2009   –                          M F Shannon for   23.11.2010
                 31.10.2010                                                       LSCB Board
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2        Draft   LSCB     Annual Report     1.4.2009   –                          M F Shannon for
                 31.10.2010                                                       LSCB Board
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3 Draft          LSCB Annual Report 1.4.2009 12.1.2011     LSCB        3.2.2011   M F Shannon for   4.2.2011
                                                           Executive              LSCB Exec Board
                                                           Board
Section                                                             Page

  1.      CHAIR’S REPORT                                            1
  2.      SLOUGH LSCB CONTEXT                                       2-3
  3.      ABOUT THE BOARD STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP AND                  4
          GOVERNANCE
          3.1 Slough LSCB Board – Overview , Key Purpose            4
                 Functions and Tasks
          3.2    Visions and Principles                             4-6
          3.3    LSCB Members and Representation (see Appendix 1)   7-8
          3.4    LSCB Business Plan (See Appendix 2)                9
          3.5    LSCB Sub-Groups                                    9-12

  4.      SLOUGH KEY PRIORITIES FOR 2009 – 2010 AND                 12-14
          REVIEW OF ACHIEVEMENTS
          4.1.   Developing thresholds, policies and procedures     15
          4.2.   Communicating and Raising Awareness                16
          4.3    Monitoring and Evaluation                          17-18
          4.4    Participating in Planning and commissioning        19
          4.5.   Serious Case Review function                       19-20
          4.6.   Function Relating to Child Deaths                  20
          4.7    Education and Training
                                                                    21
          4.8    Safer Recruitment and Workforce Planning
          4.9.   E-Safety                                           21-22
          4.10   Lay members                                        22-23
          4.11   Multi Agency Child Protection MAPPA/MARAC          23

  5.      SUMMARY OF SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN’S                        24-32
          STATISTICS

  6.      LSCB TRAINING STATISTICS                                  33

  7.      OTHER INFORMATION                                         34

          7.1    Financial                                          34
          7.2    Risk Management                                    34-35

  8.      PLANNED ACHIEVEMENTS FOR 2011 ONWARD                      35

  9.      APPENDICIES                                               36
          Appendix 1 LSCB Membership                                37-41
          Appendix 2 LSCB Business Plan                             42-46
          Appendix 3 LSCB New Structure Chart 2011                  47

  10.     BACKGROUND PAPERS                                         48




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1. CHAIRS REPORT
I have been chairing Slough‟s Safeguarding Children Board (Slough LSCB) since
October 2009, and during this time Slough LSCB has been through a period of
significant change.

A review of the structure and membership of the Slough LSCB took place in
February 2009 and the early part of the year was taken up with establishing a new
governance structure for the Board, reviewing the Constitution and organising the
work of the sub-groups, their strategies and work plans. I would like to
acknowledge the hard work of the Business Manager in developing the structure
of the Board and the dedication of Laura Eades who previously chaired Slough
LSCB.

I am pleased to say that the revised structure has resulted in a more strategic
LSCB with a wide membership across senior management from both the statutory
and voluntary sector. The membership and chairing arrangements of all sub-
groups have been reviewed and this has resulted in new Chairs for most sub-
groups together with the formation of one new sub-groups Serious Case Review
Panel. We did this in order to reflect our increased commitment to the monitoring
and reviewing of serious incidents in Slough. I am confident that this puts Slough
LSCB in a better place to address safeguarding as a result of our improved way of
working together with partner agencies.

This year has also brought many changes nationally – Lord Laming‟s progress
report “The Protection of Children in England”1 was published, followed by a
review of Working Together to Safeguard Children2, a review of inter-agency
training3 and with the new Coalition Government in place alongside an additional
review by Eileen Munro, the next year looks to be another challenging year of
great change in our work

In recognition of the challenging political and financial situation Slough LSCB has
been considering the potential to work collaboratively with Bracknell Forest
                    LSCB, on selected areas of work.

                              I would like to thank all those who have worked hard over
                                the past year to put safeguarding and promoting the
                                 welfare of children and young people in Slough at the
                                  top of our agenda. We look forward to developments
                                  in joint working with Bracknell Forest in 2011 and more
                                  integration of sub group working as the year
                                  progresses.


                                                      Elaine Coleridge Smith, November 2010



1
  The Protection of Children in England: A Progress Report, Lord Laming March 2009
2
  Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010 DCSF hereafter WT
3
  Organisation, outcomes and cost of inter-agency training for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of
children November 2009

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2. SLOUGH LSCB CONTEXT

Slough is a predominantly urban area situated in the east of Berkshire, 25 miles to
the west of Central London. It is a densely packed urban environment, in which
the increasing demands for housing conflicts with the desire to maintain existing
open spaces. Some of the fabric of the town is poor, with social housing needing
greater investment and significant pockets of the private housing stock being in
poor condition.

Slough has a fast growing population, the full size of which is not adequately
reflected in official population counts. Population growth is contributed to by a high
birth rate as well as inward migration from within and outside the U.K. In
particular,

The proportion of the population that are children are above average and
predicted to increase further relative to those of working age and older people.
Slough‟s population is highly diverse, with many different ethnic groups,
nationalities and faiths represented.
Deprivation factors are high when considered in the context of neighbouring
authorities and the regional picture.
Economic deprivation has worsened over time.
Despite its small physical size, marked differences exist in terms of communities
and the outcomes achieved.


Slough Children and Young Peoples Plan Needs Analysis ( Nov 2010) is an
important document used by the LSCB to inform its business planning. The report
identifies the following areas of concern for safety in Slough,

Data suggests a higher than average incidence of emergency admissions due to
injury.
 children killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents between 2006 and
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2008.
Rates of referral to social services are extremely high.
High numbers of child protection concerns are investigated under section 47
powers.
The number of children who are subject to protection plans has increased
significantly in recent years (although this is now decreasing), and the number of
children supported through the Common Assessment Framework („CAF‟) is
increasing slowly.
There has been a significant increase in the number of children looked after in
public care; this currently shows no sign of slowing.
Local crime rates are high, and the fear of crime is subsequently also high.



Children‟s services are delivered across Slough by a range of organisations,
which work closely together through the Children‟s Trust Partnership. Certain of


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these organisations operate solely within Slough, but the majority serves a wider
area

Slough Borough Council is a unitary authority responsible for a number of
functions including Children‟s Social Care services, community safety, and
support to local schools. There are five Nursery schools, 28 Primary schools, 11
Secondary schools and three Special schools within Slough, as well as four
private schools. Post 16 and higher education is also provided by East Berkshire
College and Thames Valley University. Preschool care and learning is provided
through maintained schools and the private and voluntary sectors at a range of
venues.

At the time of this report Berkshire East Primary Care Trust (PCT) is responsible
for commissioning primary care services. The PCT also covers the adjoining local
authorities of Windsor and Maidenhead and Bracknell Forest. Berkshire East
Community Health Services provide primary care services. Acute Health services
are provided by Heatherwood & Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust.

Policing in Slough is the responsibility of the Thames Valley Police Force, through
the Slough Local Police Area. Slough Youth Offending Team operates exclusively
within Slough.

In addition, there are a number of highly effective voluntary sector providers of
support and specialist services operating locally, which represent local branches
of national bodies down to Slough-specific groups.


The Children Act 2004 requires each local authority to establish a Local
Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). The LSCB is a statutory local partnership
that promotes effective partnership working in order to safeguard and promote the
welfare of all children in the local area.

Slough LSCB is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how relevant
organisations in Slough co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of
children, and work together to address the risk issues in Slough. The LSCB is
responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of these organisations in delivering the
safeguarding agenda. .

Since April 2010 there is a requirement that Slough LSCB present an annual
report on the effectiveness of safeguarding in Slough to the Children‟s Trust. This
report details the achievements and the progress that has been made within
Slough as well as providing an overview of the challenges that lie ahead. Finally,
the report makes recommendations to the Children‟s Trust and its partner
agencies.




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Further information on Slough LSCB can be found at
www.sloughchildrenstrust.org.uk




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3.  ABOUT THE BOARD STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP and
GOVERNANCE


3.1   SLOUGH LSCB BOARD –OVERVIEW, KEY PURPOSE, FUNCTIONS
      AND TASKS

      The core objectives of all LSCBs are set out in S.14 (1) of the Children Act
      2004 as

         To coordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the
          Board for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of
          children in the area of the authority

         To ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or
          body for that purpose



3.2   VISIONS AND PRINCIPLES


3.2.1 Safeguarding Principles


      Slough LSCB believes that Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of
      children is everyone‟s responsibility.

      The LSCB‟ seeks to ensure that all children are safe by ensuring that local
      services work in partnership to focus on supporting the needs of children
      and those of their parents, carers and families.

      The LSCB brings together all agencies, to develop a shared commitment to
      and responsibility for improving outcomes for children and young people in
      Slough. We believe

         The needs of the child or young person are paramount and should be at
          the heart of all child protection and safeguarding work

         All children and young people are entitled to the opportunity to achieve
          their full potential in a safe envirnonment.

         Children and young people‟s welfare can only be safeguarded and
          promoted, and individuals at risk protected, when all relevant agencies
          and individuals accept their share of responsibility and co-operate with
          one another.

         All children and young people have the right to be safeguarded from
          harm and exploitation without regard to:


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         o   Race, religion, or ethnicity
         o   Age, gender, health, sexuality or disability
         o   Location or placement
         o   Criminal behaviour
         o   Immigration status


3.2.2 Our safeguarding aims

     Slough LSCB aims to ensure :

         the best use of agencies‟ resources to reduce the potential for and
          frequency of any child suffering significant harm as a result of abuse or
          neglect
        a prompt and effective „needs-led‟ response when it appears that a child
         may be at risk of abuse or neglect
        that agency policies and practices reflect the fact that all children
         requiring safeguarding or protection are „children in need‟ and are
         consequently entitled to family support services
        that staff are adequately trained, managed and supervised in order to
         operate effectively in line with our agreed procedures
        that services are provided in a manner which does not discriminate in
         any way and which shows respect for diversity
        that case and service planning should always draw upon the views and
         experiences of children and young people
        the wishes and feelings of children and young people are key elements
         in assessing risk and formulating protection plans, and must always be
         sought and given due consideration




3.2.3 Our Core Activities
     The core activities of all LSCB‟s are set out in Working Together to
     Safeguard Children 2006 and include:

     Strategic Planning
        Overseeing the implementation of the C&YP Plan in relation to
         safeguarding and staying safe.

        Reporting to members of the C&YP Trust Board on the work of the
         LSCB on an agreed basis.

        Ensureing that the commissioning arrangements for Children‟s Services
         take safeguarding into account.

        Evaluating data relevant to safeguarding in the Borough and to making
         recommendations for action accordingly.

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            Promoting service user involvement and participation in the design of
             effective safeguarding arrangements.



        Case reviews / Monitoring practice


            Investigating the circumstances of any case, which raises concerns
             about the effectiveness of interagency working

            Maintaining an overview of the results of audits of individual agencies
             and partnership work.

            Ensuring that agencies are held accountable for the effectiveness of
             their work to safeguard children and young people.

            Developing, reviewing and commissioning inter-agency training.

            Commissioning Serious Case Reviews, and other inter-agency and
             management related reviews and recommending improvements in
             arrangements and practice accordingly.

            Ensuring recommendations and learning points for all Serious Case
             Reviews, inter-agency operations and management reviews are
             implemented.

            Implementing and making recommendations following child death
             reviews.




Partnership working

            Maintaining effective working relationships with the local strategic
             partnerships.

            Co-ordinating the work of all partners for the purpose of safeguarding
             children and young people.

            Reviewing interagency procedures, protocols and practice guidance to
             ensure effective safeguarding.

    Managing safeguarding developments

           Considering developments in legislation/research and the implications for
            policy, procedure and practice in relation to safeguarding

           Ensuring there are adequate resources for the functioning of the Board

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          Publishing an Annual Report and Business Plan and reviewing these on
           a regular basis

          Auditing the effectiveness of the Board and evaluating the way local
           services work together to improve outcomes




3.3       LSCB MEMBERS AND REPRESENTATION


The Slough Children‟s Local Safeguarding Children‟s Board is made up of
representatives from the following organisations:

• NHS Berkshire East (formerly Berkshire East Primary Care Trust)
• Connexions Berkshire
• East Berkshire College
• Heatherwood and Wexham Park NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust
• Slough Children‟s Trust
• NHS Berkshire
• Slough Borough Council
  Schools
• Slough Council for Voluntary Service
• Slough Youth Offending Team
• Thames Valley Police


          All of the participating organisations recognise the importance of securing
          effective co-operation by appointing officers and professionals of a
          sufficiently senior level as representatives to the Slough Local
          Safeguarding Children Board.

          Members representing individual agencies all have access to sufficient
          knowledge of child protection and child in need procedures and practice to
          contribute to the work of the LSCB . Board members all have sufficient
          delegated authority to allow them to speak on their agency‟s behalf, make
          decisions to an agreed level without referral to their own agency. Board
          members are able to commit resources to enable the LSCB to operate
          effectively

          In order to provide continuity and to enhance the working of the LSCB each
          voting member of the Board has nominated a single named deputy to „act
          up‟ when necessary. Each deputy has sufficient delegated authority to an
          agreed level without referral to their own agency, and can commit
          resources to enable the LSCB to operate effectively. Each deputy is
          afforded the same Board rights as the person they are deputizing for during
          the period in question


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      In some circumstances LSCB members may represent more than one
      partner agency.


The main responsibilities of the Board are;


   To develop policy and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the
   welfare of children in the area in relation to
          1) The action to be taken where there are concerns about a child‟s safety or
             welfare, including thresholds for intervention

          2) Training of persons who work with children or in services affecting the
             safety and welfare of children

          3) Recruitment and supervision of persons who work with children

          4) Investigation of allegation concerning persons working with children

          5) Safety and welfare of children who are privately fostered

          6) Co-operation with neighbouring children‟s services authorities and their
             Board partners



   To communicate to persons and bodies in the area of the authority the need
   to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, raising awareness of how
   this can best be done and encouraging them to do so.


   To raise awareness within the wider community of the need to safeguard
   children and promote their welfare and to explain how the wider community
   can contribute to these objectives.


   To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by the Local
   Authority and Partner agencies and the Board to safeguard and promote the
   welfare of children and advise them on ways of improving. This responsibility
   extends to the overseeing and co-ordination of the joint area review inspection
   in relation to safeguarding. Determination of annual and longer term
   performance indicators and targets. Establishing reporting arrangements.


   To audit the effectiveness of arrangements by Board partners within their own
   agency to safeguard children in the following areas:

         1) Policy and procedures

         2) Clear lines of accountability

         3)   Involvement of families in the development of services

         4) Training


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            5) Safe recruitment

            6) Inter-agency working strategically and at operational levels

            7) Information sharing protocols

            8) Work with individual children and their families

            9) Integration of services around children.


      To participate in the local planning and commissioning of children‟s
      services to ensure that they take safeguarding and promoting the welfare of
      children into account. The arrangements established will provide a mechanism
      for:

            1) Improving outcomes for children and their carers

            2) Delivering strategic national and local objectives for a modern service

            3) Securing long term service level agreements which foster strategic thinking
               and financial security

            4) Addressing key local issues and national priorities

            5) Balancing long and short term agendas

            6) Addressing issues of equity e.g. in access, provision

            7) Creating an environment conducive to service re-design




A list of members of the LSCB can be found at Appendix 1.




3.4      WAYS OF WORKING

        The working practices of LSCB members vary across the UK and need to
be considered locally to reflect local needs. In order to secure the effective
operation of LSCB functions and ensure that all member organisations are
effectively engaged, Slough LSCB has established an Executive group and a
number of working groups.

All groups working under the LSCB work to agreed terms of reference, with
explicit lines of reporting, communication and accountability to the LSCB. This is
detailed in a written constitution detailing a job description for all members and
service level agreements between the LSCB, agencies and other partnerships.
Chairs of sub-groups are all LSCB members.

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The LSCB business plan provides the work programme for the Board for a given
      period. The themes in the plan are derived from the priorities within the
      Children & Young People‟s plan and from the Boards processes and
      functions as defined by government legalisation, guidance and national
      drivers such as Lord Laming‟s report.

      Some actions in the plan are derived from SCRs, performance information,
      audit and review which highlight areas for challenge and scrutiny. The
      Plan reflects the functions of the Board to co-ordinate safeguarding activity
      and to monitor and evaluate performance. Each of the priorities of the
      Business Plan has been assigned to a particular LSCB or Children‟s Trust
      sub group to lead. Each group reports regularly to the LSCB Board.

      Progress against Performance Indicators and improving outcomes for
      children and young people will be assessed by means of analysis of the
      LSCB Dataset and quarterly reports to the LSCB.

      A review of progress against the LSCB Business Plan will be conducted
      annually. The Plan is a working document which is updated in consultation
      with all member agencies. (Business Plan Appendix 2).



3.5   LSCB SUB-GROUPS

      LSCB Serious Case Review Panel

      Serious Case Reviews are undertaken in the event of the death or serious
      injury of a child where abuse or neglect is known or suspected, the aim
      being to identify where agencies could have worked together more
      effectively.

      The Executive of the Slough LSCB form the core membership of the SCR
      Panel.

      The Panel is chaired by someone who is independent both of the LSCB
      and any agency involved in the case under review.
      Other agencies are co-opted to the Panel depending on the issues to be
      discussed or the cases to be reviewed.



      The main responsibilities of the SCR Panel are;

         To undertake Serious Case Reviews in accordance with Government
          guidance and review cases referred by members of the LSCB.
         To consider referrals for SCRs and decide whether the case meets the
          criteria in Working Together and if not whether another type of review
          is required
         To scope commission and lead individual reviews


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         To commission an overview report author and individual management
          review authors from the relevant agencies
         To quality assure the IMRs, the overview report and executive summary
          and to recommend them to the LSCB for approval for submission to
          Ofsted
         To design an action plan in response to the SCR recommendations and
          to ensure it is implemented and the impact is evaluated.
         To ensure that the learning from reviews both in terms of good practice
          and areas for improvement are disseminated
         To advise the LSCB of any major new developments and initiatives
          within this area of responsibility.



Quality and Performance Sub Group

Slough LSCB has a key role in achieving high standards in safeguarding and
promoting welfare across Slough, not just through co-ordinating but by evaluation
and continuous improvement.

The requirement for LSCB‟s to monitor the effectiveness of safeguarding locally is
challenging as it involves collecting and evaluating performance information
across each member agency.

      The Quality and Performance sub-group was formed to ensure a
      systematic means of cross agency quality assurance for the LSCB.

      The main responsibilities for the Quality and Performance sub-group are;

         To develop a performance Management Framework for the LSCB &
          present quarterly management information to the LSCB at each
          meeting. Review performance management information quarterly and
          present to the Board, Identify themes and areas requiring action.
         To carry out audits agreed by the LSCB according to an audit
          programme and when it is necessary to drill below the data/statistics
          for further information and explanation.
         To feed back learning arising from the audit of individual cases to key
          staff involved in those cases.
         Audit and evaluate the safeguarding arrangements made by local
          agencies individually and together – Section 11 reviews



      Safer Staffing sub-group

       The Safer Staffing sub group was established to ensure that effective
policies and procedures are in place, for checking the suitability of people
applying for work with children in Slough.

The sub group also ensuring that the children‟s workforce is properly supervised,
with any concerns acted on appropriately and that organisations are aware of
national guidance, and practice accordingly.

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     The main responsibilities for the Safer Staffing sub-group are;

        To manage allegations/concerns made against adults in the children‟s
         work force in relation to safer employment process and the cycle of
         good practice
        To develop relevant policies, procedures and related documents
        To share examples of practical tools/guidance/external benchmarking/ a
         range of working arrangements developed across Slough and beyond.
        To develop training materials and standards for safer staffing practice



Berkshire LSCB’s Policy and Procedures sub-group


     Slough LSCB uses the Pan Berkshire safeguarding procedures and the
     development and review of these are the responsibility of a pan Berkshire
     sub group which reports to each of the six Berkshire LSCB‟s.

     The main responsibilities for the Policy and Procedures sub-group are;

        To develop local Policies, Procedures, Protocols and Guidance for
         safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children on behalf of the
         Berkshire LSCB‟s.
        To make recommendations to the LSCB on policy and procedural
         matters
        To identify policies and procedures that require review and amendment
         and ensuring policies and procedures are kept up to date.
        To ensure that new policies and procedures are presented to the Board
         for approval and sign off
        To communicate changes to the procedures to the Berkshire LSCB‟s



     East Berkshire Training sub-group

     The three LSCB‟s in East Berkshire have a shared training sub-group to
     take advantage of the economies of scale in commissioning an effective
     training programme . The Training sub group has a key role in ensuring
     that Slough is a safer place for children by helping to ensure that the
     children‟s workforce understands its duty to safeguard children and
     promote their welfare and is equipped to translate this knowledge into
     practice.

     LSCB‟s have a responsibility to ensure that both single and inter-agency
     child protection training is provided effectively, but not necessarily to deliver
     the inter-agency training.




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Berkshire Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)


The six Berkshire LSCB‟s have commissioned a shared CDOP in order to
benefit from a larger child population.

The Panel reports to each of the six LSCB‟s and data on child deaths is
disaggregated accordingly.

The main responsibilities of the CDOP are ;

The Child Death Overview Panel has two interrelated processes for
reviewing child deaths, either of which can trigger a Serious Case Review:

     a rapid response by a group of key professionals who come together for
      the purpose of enquiring into and evaluating each unexpected death of
      a child
     an overview of all child deaths (under 18 years) in the LSCB area
      undertaken by a panel

The CDOP is responsible for reviewing information on all child deaths, and
should be accountable to the LSCB Chair. The disclosure of information
about a deceased child enables the LSCB to carry out its statutory
functions relating to child deaths. The LSCB should use the aggregated
findings from all child deaths, collected according to a nationally agreed
minimum data set to inform local strategic planning on how best to
safeguard and promote the welfare of the children in their area.

Through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary review of child deaths, the
aim is to define why a child dies and use the findings to take action to
prevent other deaths and improve the health and safety of our children.

In carrying out activities to pursue this purpose, the CDOP will meet the
functions set out in paragraph 7.4 of Working Together to Safeguard
Children in relation to the deaths of any children normally resident in the
Borough namely collecting and analysing information about each death
with a view to identifying –

(i)    any case giving rise to the need for a Serious Case Review
(ii) any matters of concern affecting the safety and welfare of children in
     the Slough
(iii) any wider public health or safety concerns arising from a particular
      death or from a pattern of deaths in the Borough




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4.    SLOUGH KEY PRIORITIES FOR 2009 – 2010 - REVIEW OF
      ACHIEVEMENTS


Slough LSCB priorities are influenced by National Policy that places the core
      objectives of a LSCB in statute and provides the framework for local action
      in scrutinising the way in which services for children and young people are
      planned and delivered.




Slough LSCB Business Plan reflects local needs as agreed with the Slough
Children‟s‟ Trust and published in the Slough Children and Young people plan and
ensures that its statutory functions are fulfilled.



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The LSCB Business plan was refreshed at the Business Planning Day in April
2010. Key priorities are:

 1. Improve the effectiveness of Slough‟s LSCB functioning by implementing the
    new arrangements for working with Bracknell Forest LSCB, incorporating
    lessons learnt from the national stock take of LSCBs and responding to
    Laming and Working Together
 2. Develop further the participation strategy for children and young people and
    communities and implement this, taking account of current mechanisms for
    participation in Slough
 3. Develop further the communication strategy for raising the awareness of
    safeguarding in Slough and the work of the LSCB
 4. Develop robust systems to audit and quality-assure multi-agency
    safeguarding processes and practice

 5. Improve information, written and electronic, about Slough LSCB and
    safeguarding for children, parents, those working with children, and for the
    public.

 6. Develop the inter-agency training strategy taking account of the areas
    identified for development in the review of training

 7. Ensure inter-agency guidance regarding safer employment including CRB
    checking, is in place and widely known

 8. Ensure recommendations from the Serious Case Review Panel are
    undertaken and implemented

 9. Audit safeguarding within agencies and provide support/challenge where
    required to improve these

     Improve quality and analysis of data provided to Slough LSCB

 10. The working practices of Slough LSCB members have been considered
     locally with a view to securing effective operation of LSCB functions and
     ensuring that all member organisations are effectively engaged.



The key priorities of the Business Plan are delivered through the Executive and
sub groups established to deliver against the LSCB Business Plan Core functions

(See Appendix 2 for allocation of key tasks to sub-groups)




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SLOUGH LSCB ACTIVITY & ACHIEVEMENTS 2009 - 2010




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4.1. Developing thresholds, policies and procedures

What have we done              Why did we do it              What are the outcomes

Requested that            The LSCB had been made          Revised Social Care thresholds
partners reported to      aware through                   were agreed by all partners.
the Board on their        performance reporting, of
patterns of referral to   the substantial increase in     Referral to CSC for child
CSC for child             child protection referrals to   protection slowly returned to a
protection concerns.      CSC. This increase was          more manageable figure.
Request that              placing considerable
„thresholds‟ were         pressure on the Referral
discussed by partners.    and assessment team, and
                          CS.
                          Thresholds for referral
                          impact on all partner
                          agencies and it is
                          important that the impact
                          of changes made by one
                          partner on others, is
                          understood and where
                          possible, negotiated.

Following the             „Working Together‟ was          On 7th September 2009 the
selection of a            revised during 2010. In         revised procedures were
contractor (TriX) to      particular Chapter 8            published at
undertake electronic      (Serious Case Review)           http://proceduresonline.com/berks.
publication of the        was substantially changed
                                                          The website is accessible to the
Berkshire Child           as a result of formal
                                                          public. It is used by professionals,
Protection                consultation.                   parents and the public. All staff
Procedures, the Policy                                    working with children are able to
and Procedures Sub                                        use up to date policies and
Group consulted                                           procedures.
extensively, reviewed
and updated the 2006                                      The Berkshire Procedures are
procedures.                                               available electronically, all
                                                          published versions are obsolete.

                                                           Use of the procedures in
                                                          Berkshire is significantly greater
                                                          than in other LSCBs who have
                                                          formed consortia to undertake
                                                          work on their procedures and
                                                          there have been 64 responses to
                                                          the „contact us‟ form since it was
                                                          implemented in the manual.
RECOMMENDATIONS
TriX have undertaken a significant amount of additional work in helping with the
Working Together 2010 revisions. Slough CTB is asked to note and support the
continuing benefits of the partnership.



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4.2. Communicating and Raising Awareness

 What have we done               Why did we do it             What are the outcomes

Reviewed and               The LSCB web site is              The review is currently in
monitored the use of the   accessed via the Slough           progress but suggests
LSCB website.              Children‟s Trust site and         scope for rationalisation
A corporate review of      needs to be more accessible
websites is being          to partners and the public‟
undertaken to make
LSCB information more
accessible to the public
Independent chair          The voluntary sector was          Evaluations demonstrated
spoke at the Voluntary     being asked to become more        that the delegates had
sector conference on       involved with the delivery of     more understanding of the
„vetting and barring‟      services to children and          role of the LSCB, and their
                           young people. Legislation         own responsibilities with
                           around safer employment,          regard to safer recruitment.
                           and in particular, „vetting and
                           barring‟ was causing concern
                           for the sector.
Independent Chair          The scrutiny committee            Scrutiny committee
attended a specials        requested an update on the        members were able to
scrutiny committee for     work of the LSCB. This            question the LSCB
members in January         committee provides scrutiny       independent chair and
2010                       and challenge to the LSCB         assure themselves of the
                           and is part of the governance     effectiveness of the LSCB
                           arrangements in place to          in Slough.
                           support the „independence‟
                           of the LSCB
DCS attended a special     Members of the Scrutiny
health scrutiny            Panel and other interested
committee for members      members requested input
                           from health partners on
                           safeguarding in the health
                           service. This meeting was
                           held on 22nd April.
„Cue cards‟ were           LSCB partners and other           Diary sized „cue cards‟
developed for              professionals did not always      have been produced by
professionals and          have immediate access to          the LSCB and distributed
distributed across the     contact information available     to all professionals,
partnership                on the web site, and were not     providing easy to access
                           always aware of how to            phone numbers and
                           contact appropriate people        guidance.
                           for advice and / or support.

RECOMMENDATIONS
It is important that the CTB recognises the statutory function of the LSCB with regard
to monitoring and evaluating effectiveness and ensures that sufficient resource is
made available to enable the LSCB to fulfil this function.


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4.3. Monitoring and Evaluation

 What have we done                 Why did we do it             What are the outcomes

Allocated time at each       Performance data indicates        Detailed analysis of
LSCB meeting to              an increase in the numbers        children looked after
critically consider          of children in care across        numbers and the reasons
specific local issues.       Slough. The LSCB wished to        for their entry to care.
This has included an in      understand this trend and         Partner discussion about
depth analysis of the        consider the impact on            collective responsibilities
care and management          C&YP, staff and resource.         for corporate parenting.
of Looked after children                                       Work continuing outside
and missing children in                                        the LSCB to find
Slough                                                         alternatives to care for
                                                               children not at significant
                                                               harm and understand
                                                               impact on all partners
                                                               resources of the rise in
                                                               numbers and the
                                                               complexity of need.
                             The LSCB was aware of the
                             failure to interview children     Clear system set up to
                             who have run away and was         track missing children,
                             seeking assurance that            reporting quarterly to DfE
                             process were being put in         and through performance
                             place to fulfil this function     information to LSCB.




Requested that partners      As discussed under                Development of triage
reported to the Board on     „thresholds‟.                     system within SBC from
their patterns of referral                                     August 2010 to take initial
to CSC for child             High levels of referrals from     contacts and divert
protection concerns.         all partner agencies to           enquiries which do not
Request that                 Children and Families has         relate to safeguarding.
„thresholds‟ were            resulted in increased             Further work is being
discussed by partners.       demand for social work            carried out through the
                             services. Discussion              Children‟s Trust to engage
                             between all agencies about        partners in the triage
                             seeking advice and guidance       system.
                             about safeguarding, while
                             continuing to take                Work with partners on
                             responsibility for working with   implementation of CAF
                             children and their families.      and lead practitioner roles,
                                                               to train and equip all
                                                               agencies to



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Reviewed and refreshed       LSCBs have a responsibility        A new sub group chair has
the Quality and              for monitoring and                 been appointed. TORs
performance sub group        evaluating of the                  have been revised and
                             effectiveness of what is done      membership adjusted to
                             by the all Board partners          ensure correct levels of
                             individually and collectively to   seniority and continuity.
                             safeguard and promote the
                             welfare of children and
                             advising them on ways to
                             improve

Section 11 audits are        The LSCB is required to            Audit‟s are being returned
currently being              have a particular focus on         and will be analysed by the
completed                    ensuring that those key            quality and performance
                             people and                         sub group.
                             organisations that have a          Recommendations for
                             duty under section 11 of the       further actions will be
                             Children Act 2004 or section       presented to the LSCB
                             175 or 157 of the Education        exec. And the 2011 work
                             Act 2002 are fulfilling their      plan will be adapted to
                             statutory obligations about        incorporate findings.
                             safeguarding and promoting
                             the welfare of children.

An adaptation of the                                      Schools have guidance
section 11 audit has                                      and exemplar materials for
been used for use by                                      conducting the audit and
schools                                                   presenting to governing
                                                          bodies.
Received annual reports from relevant partners, scrutinised the reports a questioned
presenters as requested further information / work as appropriate.
Reports received include
      Private Fostering
      MAPPA / MARAC
      CDOP
      Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospital
      Domestic Violence

RECOMMENDATIONS

The Quality Assurance sub‐group should develop an action plan detailing how Slough LSCB
might work to support agencies that had difficulty in attaining the required standards. This
work will be ongoing over the coming year.

SCTB recognises the statutory function of the LSCB with regard to monitoring and evaluating
effectiveness and ensures that sufficient resource is made available to enable the LSCB to
fulfil this function.




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4.4. Participating in Planning and Commissioning

What have we done?           Why did we do it?             What are the outcomes?

The LSCB has contributed     LSCB‟s have a statutory       The C&YP Plan has been
to the implementation of     function to participate in    considered by LSCB
the current C&YP plan and    local planning and            members and the
development of the next      commissioning of              refreshed version for
one by ensuring, in          children‟s services to        2010-11 has been agreed.
discussion with Children‟s   ensure that they take
Trust partners, that         safeguarding and
planning & commissioning     promoting the welfare of
of services for CYP takes    children into account
account of their             (Working Together section
safeguarding                 3.4)
responsibilities.
                             An essential aspect of
The LSCB exec has            forthcoming work of the
considered the need to       LSCB must be to ensure
develop a more robust        that safeguarding practice
approach to the Boards       will be considered fully
involvement with Planning    and implemented
and Commissioning. The       effectively during this
work plan has been           period of change and
amended to reflect this.     financial constraint.



4.5. Serious Case review function

  What have we done?            Why did we do it?          What are the outcomes?


Reviewed the membership The LSCB did not have a            An SCR standing sub
and terms of reference of specific group for               group      has     been
all LSCB sub groups.      considering the need to          established and has met
                          undertake SCR or IMR. It         on 3 occasions.
Requested the             had no mechanism for
establishment of a SCR    ensuring that near misses        Since December 2009 the
standing sub group.       were considered or that          sub-group has reviewed
                          local and national learning      two action plans of
                          was embedded in practice.        previously conducted
                                                           Serious Case Reviews
                             The LSCB has a statutory      and both action plans
                             function to,                  have now been completed
                                                           and closed.
                             Undertaking reviews of
                             cases where abuse or          It has called was extra-
                             neglect of a child is known   ordinary meeting to review
                             or suspected, a child has     two serious incidents.


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                              died or a child has been         No Serious Case Reviews
                              seriously harmed, and            have been initiated in
                              there is cause for concern       2010.
                              as to the way in which the
                              authority, their Board
                              partners or other
                              relevant persons have
                              worked together to
                              safeguard the child.
 RECOMMENDATIONS
 There is national concern that some of the amendments to Chapter 8 Working
 Together 2010 will incur an additional financial burden to LSCBs when conducting
 SCRs. The CTB is requested to support the LSCB to Identify a process for
 registering, assessing and commissioning overview report writers in line with
 regional and national initiatives




 4.6. Functions relating to Child Deaths.

     What have we done?              Why did we do it?                What are the
                                                                      outcomes?
Ensured representation by a       The LSCB has a                The CDOP has held five
Slough LSCB member on the         statutory requirement to.     meetings in the past
Berkshire wide CDOP (Child                                      year.
Death Overview panel)             Collect and analyse
                                  information about the         During the period April
Received the CDOP annual          deaths of all children in     2009 – March 2010 the
report from the CDOP Chair and the area with a view to          Panel was notified of a
considered the findings as they identifying:                    total of 71 deaths and
relate to Slough. A full Annual   i) any matters of concern     reviewed 58, over half of
Report was received by the        affecting the safety and      which occurred in the
LSCB from CDOP in July 2010 welfare of Slough                   first year of life.
and can be viewed at              children,
www.sloughchildrenstrust.org.uk.   including any case           Of those reviewed
                                  giving rise to the need       deaths only 5 were
Requested, in partnership with    for a Serious Case            considered to be
the other Berkshire LSCB‟s an     Review;                       preventable and the
analysis of the position of Rapid ii) any general public        relevant LSCB was
Response teams.                   health or safety              informed. Non of these
                                  concerns arising from         deaths related to Slough
                                  deaths of children.           children.

                                  And put in place              None of the child deaths
                                  procedures for ensuring       considered by CDOP
                                  that there is a co-           have resulted in a
                                  ordinated response by         request for a Serious
                                  the authority, their Board    Case review.
                                  partners and other



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                                  relevant persons to an
                                  unexpected death of
                                  a child.




4.7. Education and Training

What have we done?             Why did we do it?             What are the outcomes?

Slough LSCB is                 The LSCB is responsible
represented on the             for developing local          Between April 2009 and
Berkshire East LSCB            policies for safeguarding     March 2010 910 delegates
Training sub group.            and promoting the welfare     were trained in CP1 and 140
                               of children, in relation to   were trained at CP2.
                               the training of people who
                                                             See Appendix 2 for more
Current training has been      work with children or in
                                                             detail
reviewed, gaps identified      services affecting the
and a new programmes           safety and welfare of
identified and designed.       children.
Proposals are in place for     This includes training in
improved joint working         relation to the child death
across East Berks              review processes and
                               Serious Case Reviews.

Ran a one day                  The LSCB has a                70 delegates attended the
safeguarding conference        responsibility to             conference. Evaluations
for professionals, including   communicate with a wide       showed that the day had
the voluntary sector           range of professionals,       met the expectations of
providers.                     and raise awareness of        delegates and that
                               both local and national of    networking had been
                               safeguarding issues.          effective.
RECOMMENDATIONS
The Children's Trust Is reminded of its responsibility to ensure that systems are in
place to deliver both single-agency and inter-agency training on safeguarding and
promoting the welfare of children.

Slough CTB is asked to consider, in discussion with the LSCB, which bodies should
commission or deliver single and inter-agency training during the coming year




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4.8. Safer Recruitment and Workforce Planning

What have we done?           Why did we do it?             What are the outcomes?

Slough LSCB has              LSCBs should ensure that      The above sub-group was
consulted with the Slough    robust quality assurance      established late in 2009
Workforce Planning group     processes are in place to     and was beginning to
to explore ways of           monitor compliance by         operate well but changes
incorporating the            relevant agencies within      to staffing and structure
safeguarding agenda into     their area with               has left the group without
workforce planning.          requirements to support       a Chair and no future
                             safe practices.               meetings have been
                                                           planned
Merging the Children‟s       These processes should        The first meeting under the
Trust Board and LSCB         include audits of vetting     new format is due to take
workforce groups was         practice and sampling of      place.
agreed as an appropriate     compliance with checks with
way forward.                 Criminal Records Bureau
                             and, once it is introduced,
                             Independent Safeguarding
                             Authority registration
RECOMMENDATIONS
The Board is asked to support the proposal and work with the LSCB in identifying the
best way of managing this key area of work.



4.9. E-Safety
What have we done?           Why did we do it?             What are the outcomes?

The e- safety group has      E-safety has been
mapped e-safety provision    identified as an area of
across Slough. E-safety      risk because of its link to
policies and procedures      grooming for sexual
have been distributed to     exploitation, bullying and
schools and training         grooming for radical
organised for non-school     extremism.
practitioners who have
regular contact with
children

RECOMENDATIONS
Slough Children's Trust receives a report from this sub group identifying gaps in e-
safety provision. The Trust should recommend future developments.

Future funding and resourcing of this group is unclear. The Children‟s Trust is asked
to advise on a succession plan for the ongoing development of this area of work,
given the importance of e-safety in safeguarding




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4.10. Lay Members

What have we done?          Why did we do it?                  What are the outcomes?

Slough LSCB will develop    Working Together 3.74              The purpose of appointing
a job specification, job    provides that LSCBs                lay members to the Board
advert and induction        should appoint two lay             is to add an additional
programme to help with      members.                           level of scrutiny and
the appointment and                                            develop better links with
introduction of the lay                                        the local community.
members.

Slough LSCB will develop
a lay member's Induction
Pack




4.11. Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (Mappa) And
      Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (Marac)

What have we done?          Why did we do it?                  What are the outcomes?

Received a MAPPA /          Paragraph 12.16 Working            Slough LSCB members
MARAC annual report         Together 2010 states “Each         have an increased
presentation                area has a MAPPA Strategic         awareness of work of
                            Management Board (SMB)             MAPPA & MARAC and
Independent Chair sits on   attended by senior                 the need for each agency
                            representatives of each the
the MAPPA Strategic                                            to have a named linked
                            responsible authorities, and
Management Board            duty to co-operate agencies,       person with
                            plus two lay advisers. It is the   MAPPA/MARAC
                            Strategic Management
                            Board‟s role to ensure that
                            the MAPPA are working
                            effectively and to establish
                            and maintain working
                            relationships with the Local
                            Safeguarding Children
                            Board.”

RECOMENDATIONS
that the Slough LSCB Quality and Performance sub-group considers auditing cases
involving MAPPA/MARAC




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5. SUMMARY OF SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN’S STATISTICS

PERFORMANCE AND ACTIVITY STATISTICS FOR LSCB



                                                     Sep     Sep     Sep    The recording of Contacts began in April 2007 with the
                                                                            launch of the ICS social care case management system.
                                                     08      09       10
                                                                            Previous to this there was no way of distinguishing
Contacts received by social care                    5,083   6,222   6,800   between contacts and referrals. A Contact in this instance
                                                                            is every contact made with childrens social care. The
                                                                            number of contacts received in the last 12 months has
                                                                            increased by 34% from this time 2 years ago and 9% from
                                                                            this time last year.




                                     Sep     Sep     Sep     Sep     Sep    A Referral is where Social Care is contacted about a
                                                                            child, who may be a Child in Need, and where there is a
                                      06      07      08      09      10
                                                                            request for advice, information, or a service. Referrals
Referrals received                  3,733   2,668   3,270   4,205   2,081   numbers in April 2007 fell as the introduction of a pre-
     Rate per 10,000 children       1,298    917    1,099   1,413    699    referral Contact stage resulted in a change in recording
                                                                            practice. Slough's referral rate per 10,000 is significantly
     SN Average - - - - -            555     537     749     583            higher than the latest available SN and England averages
     England Average ------------    515     496     490     497            - and has been for the last 5 years. We await the latest
                                                                            comparator information from the DfE.




                                     Sep     Sep     Sep     Sep     Sep    This is a brief assessment to determine whether the child
                                                                            is in need, or there are concerns of Significant Harm, the
                                      06      07      08      09      10
                                                                            nature of any services required and whether a further,
Initial Assessments completed       1,063   1,146   1,842   2,221   1,634   more detailed Core Assessment should be undertaken.
       Rate per 10,000 children      370     394     619     746     549    Slough's Initial assessment rate per 10,000 is significantly
                                                                            higher than the latest available SN and England averages
       SN Average - - - - -          290     270     309     394            - and has been for the last 4 years. We await the latest
     England Average ------------    272     277     291     317            comparator information from the DfE.




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                                    Sep 06   Sep 07   Sep 08   Sep 09   Sep 10   The purpose of a Core Assessment is to conduct a
                                                                                 comprehensive assessment, of the child's needs
                                                                                 and the extent to which services and further
Core Assessments completed           170      255      274      284      280     assessments are required to meet them. Slough
     Rate per 10,000 children         59       88       92       95       94     consistently completes less core assessments per
                                                                                 population compared to our statistical neighbours
     SN Average - - - - -            108      103      116      119              and the England average. We await the latest
                                      77       85       96      110              comparator information from the DfE.
     England Average ------------




                                             Sep 07   Sep 08   Sep 09   Sep 10   If there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a
                                                                                 child is suffering or is likely to suffer Significant
Section 47 Investigations                     422      504      609      306     Harm, a Section 47 Enquiry is initiated. These are
initiated                                                                        usually conducted by a social worker, jointly with
       Rate per 10,000 children               145      169      205      103     the Police. Where concerns are substantiated and
                                                                                 the child is judged to be at continued risk of
       SN Average - - - - -                    75       75      101              Significant Harm, a Child Protection Conference
     England Average ------------              71       70       76              should be convened. Slough initiates more section
                                                                                 47s per population compared to the latest
                                                                                 available SN and England Averages - and has
                                                                                 done for the last 4 years. We await the latest
                                                                                 comparator information from the DfE.




                                             Sep 07   Sep 08   Sep 09   Sep 10   Percentage s47s led to ICPC in year. The
                                                                                 proportion of s47s that led to an ICPC in the last
                                                                                 12 months is significantly lower than the last
% s47s led to CP Plan in year                 15.2     26.8     27.3     32.4    published SN and Eng average figures - too low a
    SN Average - - - - -                       55       58       52              percentage may indicate that the thresholds for
                                                                                 undertaking s.47 enquiries need to be looked at
     England Average ------------              59       52       52              locally. Slough performance against this indicator
                                                                                 is well below the latest available SN and England
                                                                                 averages - and has been for the last 4 years. We
                                                                                 await the latest comparator information from the
                                                                                 DfE.




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                                    Sep 06   Sep 07   Sep 08   Sep 09   Sep 10   The number of children subject to a Child
                                                                                 Protection Plan started rising dramatically from July
                                                                                 2008 onwards. This upward trend finally reversed
Children subject to a CP Plan        68       59       100      157      86      in November 2009.We await the latest comparator
      Rate per 10,000 children       24       20        34       53      29      information from the DfE.

      SN Average - - - - -           24       25        27       31
     England Average ------------    30       31        28       35




                                    Sep 06   Sep 07   Sep 08   Sep 09   Sep 10   Slough's number of children in care per population
                                                                                 has always traditionally been well below both the
Numbers of Children in Care          144      113      128      141      169     SN and England average - however the recent rise
    Rate per 10,000 children          50       39       43       47       57     in the number of Looked After Children has seen
                                                                                 our rate approach that of the latest comparator
    SN Average - - - - -              55       55       54       55       58     values.
     England Average ------------     71       71       71       65       65




                                    Sep 06   Sep 07   Sep 08   Sep 09   Sep 10   BETTER TO BE HIGH: This indicator tries to
                                                                                 establish whether children who are in need are
NI 59: % of completed Initial        63.9     79.7     75.3     73.3     75.5    being assessed in a timely manner as a proxy for
Assessments completed within                                                     the effectiveness of the assessment, and the
                                                                                 meeting, of children's needs. It should be
timescale                                                                        undertaken within a maximum of seven working
     SN Average - - - - -            68.5     62.3     67.6     73.0     67.7    days. Sloughs latest performance is above with the
                                     64.9     68.4     70.7     72.9     67.1    latest SN and Eng averages.
     England Average ------------




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                                    Sep 06   Sep 07   Sep 08   Sep 09   Sep 10   BETTER TO BE HIGH: This indicator tries to establish
                                                                                 whether children who are in the greatest need are
                                                                                 being assessed in a timely manner as a proxy for the
NI 60: % of completed Core           76.5     84.7     84.7     76.8     84.6    effectiveness of the assessment, and the meeting, of
                                                                                 children's needs. It should be undertaken within a
Assessments completed within                                                     maximum of 37 working days. Sloughs latest
timescales                                                                       performance is better than the latest SN and Eng
     SN Average - - - - -            75.0     79.0     83.0     78.9     79.8    averages.

     England Average ------------    74.0     78.0     80.0     78.4     73.4




                                    Sep 06   Sep 07   Sep 08   Sep 09   Sep 10   BETTER TO BE LOW: A child experiencing 3 or more
                                                                                 placements in one year may represent an effective
NI 62: % of CLA with 3 or more       11.8     5.3      9.4      13.5     13.6    transition through care settings (e.g. initial emergency
placements in year                                                               placement, short term foster placement and successful
                                                                                 adoption placement). More usually, this represents
     SN Average - - - - -            13.0     12.0     12.0     10.0     11.3    some degree of placement disruption. We have a duty
     England Average ------------    12.0     12.0     11.0     10.7     10.9    to our children to minimise the disruption to their living
                                                                                 patterns while maximising their continued happiness
                                                                                 and security. Sloughs latest performance is above the
                                                                                 latest SN and Eng average for the first time.




                                    Sep 06   Sep 07   Sep 08   Sep 09   Sep 10   This indicator relates only to children under 16,
                                                                                 recognising that for 16 and 17 year olds there are
NI 63: % of U16 LAC that have        55.3     65.5     66.7     67.9     64.5    more likely to be placement changes as they prepare
been in care for at least 2.5                                                    for independent living. Children who fall into the
years that are in "stable"                                                       "Stable" placements category of this indicator include
placements                                                                       any who have been living in the same placement for at
                                                                                 least 2 years or who are currently placed for adoption.
     SN Average - - - - -            62.9     64.4     66.0     67.2     67.8    Sloughs latest performance is sloightly below (i.e.
                                                                                 worse) than the last published SN and Eng averages.
     England Average ------------    64.8     65.9     66.5     67.0     68.0




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                                    Sep 06   Sep 07   Sep 08   Sep 09   Sep 10   BETTER TO BE LOW: This measure looks at
                                                                                 children's Protection Plans that have ceased in the
                                                                                 year to date by the length of time they were active.
NI 64: % of CPPs ceased in the       13.1     1.2      2.1      3.7      2.3     Effective child protection interventions should in most
year that were active for 2 years                                                cases be achievable within 24 months - if more than
                                                                                 10% of children's Protection Plans are ceased after 24
or more
                                                                                 months, this is seen as a worsening performance.
     SN Average - - - - -            4.9      6.2      5.0      4.6              Sloughs latest performance is well below (i.e. better)
                                                                                 than the last published SN and Eng average. We await
     England Average ------------    5.8      5.8      5.3      5.3              the latest comparator information from the DfE.




                                    Sep 06   Sep 07   Sep 08   Sep 09   Sep 10   This indicator takes no account of time between CP
                                                                                 Plans, nor of the reasons for the child becoming
NI 65: % of children subject to a    11.4     6.7      14.7     9.6      16.3    subject to a CPP. So, in theory a child may have a
protection plan for a second or                                                  CPP briefly at birth, then again aged 17 for entirely
subsequent time                                                                  different reasons and show up on this indicator. Too
                                                                                 high a rate may indicate CPPs are being discontinued
     SN Average - - - - -            11.2     10.9     12.2     13.7             too quickly and / or that child support interventions are
                                     14.2     13.4     13.6     12.5             not effective. Too low a rate may indicate ineffective
     England Average ------------                                                child protection procedures. Sloughs latest
                                                                                 performance is in above the last published SN and
                                                                                 Eng average. We await the latest comparator
                                                                                 information from the DfE.




                                    Sep 06   Sep 07   Sep 08   Sep 09   Sep 10   BETTER TO BE HIGH: All children MUST be reviewed
                                                                                 within timescales: within 3 calender months of
                                                                                 becoming subject to a CPP, and at intervals of no
NI 67: % of child protection        100.0    100.0     96.7     95.9     98.5    more than 6 calendar months thereafter. There are no
cases reviewed within                                                            exceptions to this rule, regardless of any difficulties
timescales                                                                       encountered convening the review attendees. We
                                                                                 await the latest comparator information from the DfE.
     SN Average - - - - -            99.1     99.5     99.4     99.1
     England Average ------------    99.4     99.5     99.4     98.2




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                                    Sep 06   Sep 07   Sep 08   Sep 09   Sep 10   This indicator tries to establish whether appropriate
                                                                                 thresholds are being used in the cases of children who
                                                                                 are in need and whether their needs are being
NI 68: % of Referrals to social      28.5     43.0     56.3     52.8     78.5    properly assessed. A high percentage may indicate
care going on to initial                                                         good inter-agency understanding of thresholds for
                                                                                 social care services. A low percentage may indicate a
assessment
                                                                                 lack of understanding of social care services, perhaps
     SN Average - - - - -            59.6     63.6     48.9     70.7     70.0    due to poor inter-agency, or poor intra-agency
                                                                                 understanding of application of thresholds. Slough's
     England Average ------------    52.7     56.0     59.4     66.5     64.3    performance is above the latest SN and Eng averages.




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6. LSCB TRAINING STATISTICS

Education and Training Activity April 09 - March 10



Between April 2009 and March 2010 910 delegates were trained in CP1 and 140 were trained at CP2.




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7.     OTHER INFORMATION
7.1.   Financial

       All items detailed in this report will be resourced from the
       current LSCB budget which is made up of partner
       contributions. With re-structure of partnerships budget
       contributions are likely to change in 2011 – 2012 and it
       will be important for the LSCB to plan its budget carefully
       for the next financial year.


LSCB Budget 2010 – 2011

Code   LSCB                                  10-11       Spend so far     Projection   Variance

                                            Budget

0027   Estimated Cost of chair              18,000              13,466       18,000
       Estimated cost of Consumables         4,400                   0        4,440
0001   Cost of Business Manager basic pay   24,980              13,473       24,980
0120   Cost of Business Manager NI           1,890                 954        1,890
0125   Cost of Business Manager Super        3,880               2,061        3,880
0182   Staff Subs/Professional fee                                 125          125
0462   Refreshment                                                  54           60
0946   Publications                                                  0        1,000
1070   Conferences                                               1,145        1,145
1740   Project work                         16,000                   0       16,000
1901   Car Allowances                                              362          500
1919   Staff Travel Expenses                                        51          100
       Total Expenditure                    69,150              31,691       72,120        2,970

       Income

3270   BFBC                                                      -1,547       -1,547
3270   CAFCASS                                 -191              -1,100       -1,100   *
3270   East Berkshire PCT                   -20,000             -20,000      -20,000   *
3270   Connextions                                               -3,000       -3,000   *
3270   National Probation                      -200                -150         -150   *
3270   Thames Valley Police                  -2,609              -2,000       -2,000   *
3270   Berkshire PCT                         -1,000              -1,000       -1,000   *
       TOTAL Income                         -24,000             -28,797      -28,797       -4,797

       Total Budget                         45,150                2,894      43,323        -1,827




7.2.   Risk Management

        Slough LSCB is required to form a view of the quality of local activity, to challenge
        organisations as necessary, and to speak with an independent voice. The LSCB is
expected to challenge the work of the Children‟s Trust Board and its partners to ensure that
necessary overarching structures, processes and culture are in place to ensure that children
are fully safeguarded.


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For this reason the LSCB will identify those areas of risk that may impact on the LSCBs
ability to fulfil its statutory requirement to,

       a. co-ordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the
          purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area of the
          authority; and
       b. ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for that
          purpose.

       The key risks associated with the functioning of the LSCB are:

     RECOMMENDATION           RISK/THREAT/OPPORTUNITY                            MITIGATION(S)

     Review budget of         Capacity to support the management of the
     LSCB and its             LSCB
     allocation
                              Capacity of all partners to fulfil their
                              obligation to contribute to the work of the
     Organisational risk is   LSCB, its exec and its sub groups
     included as a standing   Risk that safeguarding practice may fail to be
     item at all LSC Board    considered fully and implemented effectively
     meetings                 during this period of political & organisational
                              change and financial constraint.


       Whilst the LSCB has a role in co-coordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of local
       individuals and organisations, it is not accountable for their operational work. Each
       Board partner retains their own existing lines of accountability for safeguarding and
       promoting the welfare of children by their services, and should hold it's own Risk
       Register. The LSCB does not have a power to direct other organisations but will
       scrutinise the level risk across the partner agencies and bring this to the attention of
       the relevant directors.


8.     PLANNED DEVELOPMENTS FOR 2011 ONWARD.

       The LSCB completed a review of its Business Plan at the LSCB Business
       Planning Day in April 2010. The 2010 – 2012 Business Plan provides LSCB
       members with an overview of the aims and future work of the LSCB and is
       broken down by sub group responsibility.

       The LSCB Executive has overall responsibility for the delivery of the Business Plan
       and the „stay safe‟ agenda. All sub group Chairs are now members of the Executive
       and report regularly on progress of the work of the sub group. Sub group chairs are
       responsible for populating the Business Plan.

       The frequency of Executive meetings has been increased to two hours every two
       months to ensure adequate time for important business.

       Whilst the aims and objectives of the LSCB remain the same for the coming
       year, a shift in priority to overview, scrutiny & challenge is required. We are,
       therefore, progressing re-structure and change in operational issues to ensure
       that the safeguarding needs of CYP are not lost during this period of transitional
       change/budget restraints.
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9.   APPENDICES
     Appendix 1 - LSCB Membership

     Appendix 2 - LSCB Business Plan




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Appendix 1 LSCB Membership

                                                         LSCB MEMBERSHIP DETAILS


                    NAME                        JOB TITLE                ORGANISATION                          KEY RESPONSIBILITY

A   Ashe, Gene                       Head of Prevention and              Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue   Lead for communication between
                                     Protection                          Service                           fire service and LSCB and for
                                                                                                           safeguarding practice and
                                                                                                           performance within fire service

    Aves, Neil                       Assistant Director Housing          Slough Borough Council            Lead for all Housing related
                                                                                                           services and attendance at LSCB

B   Adult Social Care Rep - vacant                                       Slough Borough Council

    Brigue-Parker, Rekha             Senior Probation Officer            Thames Valley Probation           Lead for

    Barrett Virginia                 Vice Principal                      East Berkshire College            Lead for communication between
                                     Curriculum & Quality                                                  FE settings and LSCB
                                                                                                           Lead for safeguarding in transition
                                                                                                           to college and Higher
                                                                                                           Education/work

C   Crofts, Robin                    Assistant Director, Inclusion       Slough Borough Council            Lead for
                                                                                                           Represent the Inclusion Branch of
                                                                                                           the Directorate for Education and
                                                                                                           Children‟s Services
    Clare Culpin                     Director of Nursing and Midwifery   Wexham Park Hospital NHS Trust    Strategic lead


D   Dhokia, Jesal                    Children and Young People           Slough CVS                        Lead for communication of
                                     Development Worker                  Voluntary Representative          safeguarding issues from CVS to
                                                                                                           LSCB and from LSCB to CVS
    Arif Dar                         Assistant Director, C & F           Slough Borough Council

    Dulon Caroline                   Primary Head teacher                Ryvers School


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    NAME                     JOB TITLE                           ORGANISATION                       KEY RESPONSIBILITY

E   Elaine Coleridge Smith   Independent Chair                                                      Lead for LSCB performance and
                                                                                                    development. Chair of LSCB and
                                                                                                    SCR Panel

    Etheridge. Christine     Children‟ young people and          South Central NHS                  Lead for support and challenge too
                             maternity lead                                                         health trusts and for liaison with
                                                                                                    GOSE. Lead for SUIs, child deaths
                                                                                                    and SCRs for health

    Edwards, Janine          Scheme Manager                      Home-Start Slough.SCVS Trustee     Lead for
                                                                                                    Voluntary Sector Representative.
                                                                                                    Particular interes in under 5‟s
                                                                                                    Works 9.00 – 3.00


F   Ford, Kate               Chief Inspector                     Thames Valley Police
                             Deputy LPA Commander
G

H   Humphrey, Richard        Chief Inspector, Deputy LPA         Thames Valley Police
                             Commander Slough
    Helen Huntley            Executive Headteacher               Haybrook College                   Secondary head representative
I

J   Jordaan, Theresa         Named doctor for child protection   Berkshire East                     Lead for communication between
                             HNS Berkshire East (PCT)            PCT – Community Health Services-   GP‟s and LSCB
                                                                                                    Lead for performance
                                                                                                    developments in safeguarding in
                                                                                                    GPs

K

L   LaRose, Shelley          Head of Service                     Slough Youth Offending Team        Lead for young people at risk of
                                                                                                    offending and youth offending and
                                                                                                    for young people in custody




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    NAME                 JOB TITLE                        ORGANISATION                      KEY RESPONSIBILITY

L   Lacey, Rebecca       CHS Director of Children's and   Berks East PCT Community Health   Member of LSCB Executive
                         Families Services,               Services                          Member of SCR Panel
                                                                                            Lead for safeguarding performance,
                                                                                            practice and service development
                                                                                            for providers of community health
                                                                                            services

    Loftus, Jessi        Connexions Manager               Connexions Berkshire              Lead for NEET issues
                                                                                            Represent Connexions and
                                                                                            interests of young people age 13 –
                                                                                            19 in terms of safeguarding and
                                                                                            multi agency working in Slough.
                                                                                            Member of Quality Assurance Sub-
                                                                                            Group
    Leroy, Pat           Independent Reviewing Service    Slough Borough Council            Lead for the Child Death Overview
                         Manager                                                            Pane for Child Protection
                                                                                            conferencing process and Slough
                                                                                            safeguarding Training.
                                                                                            Slough LSCB Rep on the Berkshire
                                                                                            Policy and Procedure Group
M   Mansfield Margaret                                    Heatherwood and Wexham Park
                                                          Hospitals

    Morales, Peter       Interim Service Manager          Cafcass                           Lead for safeguarding issues in
                                                                                            public and private law including
                                                                                            care proceedings, child contact,
                                                                                            impact of divorce and separation
                                                                                            and domestic abuse within families

                                                                                            To represent ~Cafcass and to
                                                                                            report back to Cafcass staff and
                                                                                            management key issues arising
                                                                                            from the LSCB
                                                                                            Would be interested in joining a
                                                                                            relevant sub group in the future

N   Nicholas, Judeline   Training and Development         Slough Borough Council            Co-opted member to report on SBC
                         Manager                                                            training needs when required


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        NAME                   JOB TITLE                          ORGANISATION                      KEY RESPONSIBILITY

    0

    P   Pyper, Clair           Director of Children‟s Services    Slough Borough Council            Statutory Lead for interagency
                                                                                                    safeguarding work across Slough
                                                                                                    Agencies
        Priestman, James       Head of Drugs and Community        Slough Borough Council            Lead for
                               Safety

        Cllr Natasa Pantelic   Cabinet Commissioner for           Slough Borough Council            Lead member
                               Education and Children                                               Lead for safeguarding children
                                                                                                    across Slough Borough Council.
                                                                                                    Accountable with the Director for
                                                                                                    performance in safeguarding. Lead
                                                                                                    on relationship with PCT

    R   Rumsey, Hazel          Assistant Director of Operations   Berkshire Healthcare NHS          Lead for child and adolescent
                               (CAMHS)                            Foundation Trust                  mental health including 16 plus,
                                                                                                    hospital admissions and transition
                                                                                                    to adult services


S       Shannon, Mary          LSCB/CT Business Manager           Slough Borough Council            Lead for the organisation
                                                                  Education & Children‟s Services   management and development of
                                                                                                    the LSCB Lead and joint work with
                                                                                                    Slough Children‟s Trust

        Skinner, Julie                                            Connexions                        Slough Rep E Berks training sub
                                                                                                    group

W       Watson, Louise Dr      Consultant Paediatrician           Child Development Centre          Lead for community paediatrics,
                                                                  Berkshire East PCT                children‟s consultants.
                                                                                                    Chair of the quality and
                                                                                                    Performance Sub-group
        Wales, Julia           Slough DAAT Manager and            Drug and Alcohol Action Team
                               Commissioner
        Welch, Elaine          Named Nurse for CP for Slough      Berkshire East                    Sub group lead Quality and
                                                                  Community Health Services         Performance



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    NAME                JOB TITLE                         ORGANISATION                  KEY RESPONSIBILITY

    Worgan, John        ICT Strategy Manager              Raising Achievement Team      Lead for the Business Plan Theme
                                                                                        of e-safety
                                                                                        Chair of E-safety Sub group
    Wing-King, Sophie   Domestic Abuse coordinator for    Thames Valley Police/Slough   Lead for Domestic Violence –
                        Berkshire East                    Borough Council               dissemination of national and local
                                                                                        policy and procedures. Main link to
                                                                                        DV Forum. Focus on prevention
                                                                                        and support to children and young
                                                                                        people living with domestic violence

                                                                                        Ensuring that issues around
                                                                                        domestic abuse are
                                                                                        raised/addressed
                                                                                        Link between the DA Forum
                                                                                        agencies and the LSCB
                                                                                        Member of Berkshire East LSCB
                                                                                        Training sub group
Y   Yeoman, Susanna     Locality Manager- Mental Health   Berkshire Healthcare NHS      Lead for the Business Plan themes
                                                          Foundation Trust and Slough   of
                                                          Borough Council               Representative of adult and older
                                                                                        persons MH service
                                                                                        Representative of Adult Social Care
                                                                                        SBC
                                                                                        Responsibility of attend LSCB
                                                                                        Board delegated to Peter Oldham,
                                                                                        Community Services Manager for
                                                                                        MH.




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 Appendix 2

                                                               SLOUGH LSCB Business Plan 2010-11
 Version Control
 Controller: Mary Shannon

Version No     Document Reference                                       Approved                  Date               Issued By                           Date

1 Draft        LSCB Summary Work Plan 2010 – 31 March 2011               LSCB Executive           1.7.2010           M F Shannon for LSCB Exec           1.7.2010
2 Draft        Updated with sub-group information                                                                    M F Shannon for LSCB Exec           9.9.2010



                            Key Priority Area                                Priority              Milestones/ Outputs to be achieved                   Completion   Lead Group/ Named
                                                                              Level                                                                       date           Individual
1) GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY

                                                                                                                                                                        LSCB Exec
In light of the revised guidance in Working Together to Safeguard Children              1    Review existing LSCB membership in order to revise
2010:                                                                                       membership to meet national requirements, this will         November
                                                                                            include extending membership to new members i.e. lay          2010
1.1 Reviewing the membership and structure of the LSCB;                                     members, lead member for children‟s services
                                                                                            (contributes to 1.1);
1.2 Reviewing management of the LSCB agenda;
                                                                                        2   Review the membership of schools to ensure effective        November
1.3 Reviewing roles and responsibilities of LSCB members and LSCB                           representation (contributes to 1.1);                          2010
    Business Manager;
                                                                                        3   Revising the Terms of Reference for the LSCB                November
1.4 Clarifying the inter-relationship between the LSCB and Children‟s                       (contributes to 1.1);                                         2010
    Trust i.e. functions, lead responsibilities and shared resources;
                                                                                        4   Introduce a new agenda management system and seek            January
1.5 Establish a framework and process for measuring the impact of LSCB
                                                                                            feedback from LSCB members (contributes to 1.2);              2010
    activity on outcomes for children, young people and families.
                                                                                        5   Work with the Berkshire East Training sub-group to          March 2011
1.6. Work with the CYP Trust to establish a joint Performance Analysis                      introduce a LSCB members training programme
                                                                                            (contributes to 1.3);
1.7. Ensure Sub-group in place to analyse safeguarding data returns and
     produce exception reports for the LSCB.                                            6   Establish a framework to qualitatively and quantitatively   March 2011
                                                                                            analyse the impact of LSCB activity on outcomes
1.8. Sub-group to liaise with Partner Agencies and establish baselines and                  (contributes to 1.5);
    targets for indicators.
                                                                                        7   Conduct a mapping of LSCB, CYP Trust and                    December
1.9. Adhere to new requirements for the LSCB‟s Annual Report to the CYP                     Vulnerable Adults Board sub-groups and identify:              2010
     Trust                                                                                      i) opportunities for sharing sub-groups;
                                                                                                ii) requirements for new sub-groups;
                                                                                                iii) an exit strategy for fixed-term sub-groups
                                                                                                (contributes to 1.4);
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                             Key Priority Area                                Priority              Milestones/ Outputs to be achieved              Completion    Lead Group/ Named
                                                                               Level                                                                  date            Individual

                                                                                         8   Establishing a Protocol between the LSCB and CYP
                                                                                             Trust , which formalises roles and responsibilities,
                                                                                             clearly identifying areas of joint or separate         March 2011
                                                                                             responsibility (contributes to 1.4); ;

                                                                                             Produce an annual report for the CYP Trust that
                                                                                             clearlyidentifies local safeguarding priorities        September
                                                                                             (contributes to 1.9).                                    2010


2) POLICY AND PROCEDURE

In light of the revised guidance in Working Together to Safeguard Children                                                                          March 2011   Policies & Procedures
2010:                                                                                                                                                                  Sub-group

2.1 Contributing to the review, and amendment, of Berkshire‟s Child
Protection Procedures;

2.2 develop and agree local multi-agency policies and procedures for
safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in Slough

3) QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE


3.1 Participate in the pan-Berkshire consultation on, and review of, the                 MS to link in with LSCB Business Managers                  March 2011      Mary Shannon
LSCB Comprehensive Dataset and implement changes.

3.2 Complete Phase 3 of the Section 11 Audit.                                            Process of Phase 3 Section 11 audits to be confirmed       End Oct       Elaine Coleridge-
                                                                                                                                                    2010         Smith/Mary Shannon
3.3 Establish chair and sub-group members                                                Complete                                                   2.6.2010     Quality & Performance
                                                                                                                                                                      Sub- Group
3.4. Conduct an audit of partner agencies to see what audits and                         Receive populated audit/.survey pro-forma from all LSCB    6.10.2010
     inspection activity take place within their organisation to ensure the              member agencies                                                         Quality & Performance
     safeguarding of children                                                            Review agency action plans following completion of         Jan 2011           Sub-Group
                                                                                         Audit/Survey pro-forma

In light of the revised guidance in Working Together to Safeguard Children
2010:
3.5 Review thresholds for safeguarding services available in Slough for                  Discuss as an agenda item on 6.10.2010                     March 2011   Quality & Performance
children in need and children in need of protection.                                                                                                                   Sub-group

3.6 Review the outcomes of Partner Agency case audits and distil                         Q & P members bring any completed case audits inclusive    Ongoing      Quality & Performance
partnership learning.                                                                    of outcomes to the subsequent Q & P meeting for review                        sub-group
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                            Key Priority Area                                  Priority              Milestones/ Outputs to be achieved                 Completion    Lead Group/ Named
                                                                                Level                                                                     date            Individual
                                                                                          and how to disseminate learning points to be agreed
3.7 Identify and disseminate changes to policy or practice.


4) CHILD DEATHS AND SERIOUS CASE REVIEWS

4.1 Establish a Serious Case Review (SCR) sub-group and develop a                         -   Conduct Serious Case Reviews (where appropriate)                       Serious Case Review
    SCR project plan for implementing all local SCR‟s to define roles,                        and disseminate learning to the Partnership               March 2011          Panel
    expectations, timelines with milestones                                               -   Monitor implementation of action plans from any
                                                                                              Serious Case Reviews
4.2 Gather and disseminate national and local learning from SCRs and                      -   Gather and disseminate learning from local and national
    near misses to the workforce, digest Ofsted Executive Summary                             cases
    reports on SCR‟s nationally and evaluate learning and actions for
    Slough,

4.3 Review the membership to ensure representation from Adult Services
    and include the designated doctor

4.4. Contribute to the activity of the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)                                                                                             Child Death Overview
     and a review of Rapid Response functions by CDOP, and collect and                                                                                                   Panel (CDOP)
     analyse information about all child deaths within Slough

5) WORKFORCE AND TRAINING
In light of the revised guidance in Working Together to Safeguard Children
2010:
5.1 Review the current safeguarding training programme to identify             High       -   Current training reviewed and gaps identified.            Nov 2010        Berkshire East
     variations from national guidance and ensure that Slough LSCB is                                                                                                 Training Sub-Group
     responding to requirements.

5.2 Design and implement new safeguarding training programmes, where           Medium     -   New programmes identified and designed                    Jan 2011
    these are required, including developing a refresher training                         -   Refresher training standardised
    programme for Level 2 Safeguarding

5.3 Ensure that increased demand from the workforce for safeguarding           Medium     -   Monitor usage and waiting lists, adapting supply to       Ongoing
    training is planned for and managed across Slough.                                        meet demand.

5.4 Evaluate, and review the effectiveness of, safeguarding training and its   Medium     -   Monitor feedback from each session; adapt training as     Dec 2010
    impact on outcomes.                                                                       required. Consider spot checking training impact.         review and
                                                                                                                                                        ongoing
5.5 Review the requirements for supervision in national guidance,
    communicate the requirements to partnership senior managers and                                                                                                  Children’s Workforce
    produce resources where these are required.                                                                                                                      Strategy group

5.6 Discussion joint commissioning and funding arrangements with Slough
    CT‟s
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                            Key Priority Area                                Priority             Milestones/ Outputs to be achieved                Completion    Lead Group/ Named
                                                                              Level                                                                   date            Individual

6) SAFER RECRUITMENT & EMPLOYMENT
6.1. Complete a Scoping exercise across organisations (including                        Develop audit questionnaire for agreement by LSCB, inc      July 2010    Safer Recruitment and
     commissioning organisations) to test „compliance‟ in Recruitment,                  introduction, and subsequent despatch for completion by                  Employment Sub-Group
     Induction/Guidance, Safe working culture and monitoring                            „consumers‟


6.2. Engage partner groups to ensure full representation among the group                Propose merger with Workforce Development Sub-Group
                                                                                        (and Integrated Working SG) which already has strong        July 2010
6.3. Identify and engage with – Voluntary Groups, Supplementary Schools                 representation across all 0-19 age groups and sectors /
     and Independent schools                                                            partners

                                                                                        See above.
7) COMMUNICATION, ENGAGEMENT & RAISING AWARENESS
                                                                                                                                                    March 2011
7.1 Raise awareness within Slough Borough of the need to safeguard and
    promote the welfare of children, encouraging involvement at all levels
    within the community.

7.2 Develop a protocol to ensure that agencies share a common
    understanding of how and when action should be taken to protect a
    child.                                                                                                                                                        Raising Awareness
                                                                                                                                                                      Sub Group
7.3 Develop a Communications Strategy & Protocol


7.4 Oversee and co-ordinate the participation and engagement of
    children, young people, parents and carers in LSCB activity.

7.5 Review the partnership arrangements for involving children, young
    people, parents and carers in the evaluation of safeguarding services.

7.6 Web site development

8) E SAFETY

                                                                                                                                                                  E-Safety Sub-Group
8.1 Complete the development of E-Safety resources and disseminate to                   E-safety policies and procedures have been distributed to   March 2011
    workforce.                                                                          schools – need to monitor implementation and
                                                                                        effectiveness
8.2 Complete the development of E-Safety training and implement.                        Training organised for non-school practitioners who have    Oct 2010
                                                                                        regular contact with children (Oct 2010)
8.3. Child Protection Processes                                                         Need for succession planning as funding cuts impact         March 2010
                                                                                        resourcing and personnel of the group
8.4. Missing Children

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                          Key Priority Area                             Priority            Milestones/ Outputs to be achieved             Completion   Lead Group/ Named
                                                                         Level                                                               date           Individual


9)   PARTICIPATION IN PLANNING & COMMISIONIG

Enshrine in discussion with the Children‟s Trust partners that                     Contribute to the C&YPP plan
planning and commissioning of services for children within the local
authority area takes account of their responsibility to safeguard and              LSCB is actively involved in any developments to
promote children‟s welfare                                                         amend the Children‟s Trust Board, in light of current
                                                                                   legislative change.

                                                                                   LSCB Independent chair continues to sit on the CTB
                                                                                   or equivalent Board.

                                                                                   Participate in the local planning and commissioning
                                                                                   of children‟s services to ensure that they take
                                                                                   safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
                                                                                   into account




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                                         SLOUGH LOCAL SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN’S BOARD (LSCB)
                                                           STRUCTURE

Version No                   Document Ref                Approved                   Date                       Issued by                        Date
V1                           Top level LSCB                                                                    M Shannon                        November 2010
                             Organisation



                                                                        LSCB EXECUTIVE
                                                                             BOARD
                       Overview & Scrutiny                              Independent Chair
                                                                         Elaine Coleridge
                                                                              Smith




                                             CT STRATEGIC                    LSCB                  BERKSHIRE                  BERKSHIRE
                                             PARTNERSHIP                  PARTNERS                  BUSINESS                   CHAIRS
                                                BOARD                                              MANAGERS                     GROUP
                                             CLAIR PYPER                  HIP FORUM                  GROUP




            SUB GROUPS


PAN-BERKSHIRE GROUPS
 POLICY & PROCEDURES          QUALITY AND                                SAFER RECRUITMENT   CHILD DEATH OVERVIEW     SERIOUS CASE REVIEW             COMMUNICATION &
     (Pan Berkshire)         PERFORMANCE          TRAINING EAST BERKS     AND WORKFORCE       AND STEERING GROUP             PANEL                      ENGAGEMENT
                              Elaine Welch             Julie Skinner       DEVELOPMENT             AND PANEL
     Robert Bradshaw            (Vacant)                 (Vacant)                                                      Elaine Coleridge-Smith           Rebecca Lacey
                                                                                                 Margaret Goldie
                         .




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10.   BACKGROUND PAPERS
      The Protection of Children in England: A Progress Report, Lord Laming March 2009

      Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010 DCSF

      Organisation, outcomes and cost of inter‐agency training for safeguarding and promoting
      the welfare of children November 2009

       Brandon, M. et al (2009), Understanding serious case reviews and their impact: a
      biennial analysis of serious case reviews 2005-07

      Getting it right for children and young people: Overcoming cultural barriers in the NHS so
      as to meet their needs
      www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_11944




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