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									    Wandsworth
Safeguarding Children
       Board

    Annual Report
     2008/09 and
Priorities for 2009/10
  Including WSCB Action Plan 2009/10




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Content                                                                              Page


     Preface                                                                            4

1.   Introduction                                                                       5

2.   Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board                                             7
     2.1    Structure                                                                   7
     2.2    WSCB Multi-agency sub-groups                                                8
     2.3    WSCB Working groups                                                         9
     2.4    Individual organisations and other multi-agency safeguarding groups         9
     2.5    Membership (Appendix 1)                                                     10
3.   Key Actions & Achievements of 2008/09                                              11
     3.1    Delivery of WSCB multi-agency training programme                            11
     3.2    Joint Area Review Inspection                                                11
     3.3    Successful roll out of updated 3rd Addition of London Child Protection
            Procedures                                                                  12
     3.4    Discontinuation of Child Protection Register                                12
     3.5    General awareness raising and publicity campaigns                           13
     3.6    Consultation with children, young people and families:                      14
            3.6.1 ‘Youths’ handbooks – information for young people                     14
            3.6.2 ‘Keeping safe online’ mouse mat competition & prize giving            14
            3.6.3 Implementation of Anti-bullying Strategy – consultation events with
                    children and young people                                           15
     3.7    Safeguarding Leads Workshop and ‘Learning from Experience’ Seminars         16
     3.8    Serious Case Reviews / Internal Management Reviews / Multi-agency case
            reviews                                                                     17
     3.9    e-Safety Strategy                                                           19
     3.10   Section 11 Self-Assessment Audit                                            19
     3.11   Other achievements or actions completed during 2008/09                      20
            3.11.1 London Dataset Pilot Project                                         20
            3.11.2 Children’s visiting policy – HMP Wandsworth                          20
            3.11.3 ‘First Night in Custody’ Toolkit                                     20
            3.11.4 Domestic Violence One-Stop Shop                                      20
            3.11.5 Domestic Violence Intervention Project                               21
            3.11.6 Young Carers Conference                                              21

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                 3.11.7 Common Assessment Framework & Lead Professionals               21


4.      Facts and Figures 2008/09                                                      22
        4.1      Child Death Overview Panel                                            22
        4.2      Private Fostering                                                     24
        4.3      Child Protection Plans [or on Child Protection Register (CPR)]        25


5.     Financial report - Statement of Income & Expenditure 2008/09                    30
        5.1 WSCB Income 2008/09                                                        30
        5.2 WSCB Expenditure 2008/09 & Projected Spending for 2009/10                  31


6.     Key Priorities for the WSCB 2009/10                                             33


7.     Appendix 1 – Memberships of WSCB (A breakdown of current membership
        of each WSCB partner agency’s representation on Executive and Main Board, as
        well as WSCB’s multi-agency sub-groups and working groups as at 31st March
        2009).


8.     Appendix 2 – WSCB Action Plan 2009/10




Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board
c/o Welbeck House
43-51 Wandsworth High Street
London
SW18 2PU

Tel.: 020 8871 8610
Fax: 020 8871 7217

Email: wscb@wscb.org.uk
Website: www.wscb.org.uk




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Preface

Every now and again the impact of a single incident leads to a major review of
arrangements for keeping children safe. The death of Victoria Climbié was the
driver for the "Every Child Matters” agenda and the more recent death of Baby
Peter in Haringey lead to Lord Laming’s review and the recent government
response. The review confirmed that robust legislative, structural and policy
foundations are in place and that the ECM reforms set the right direction. Lord
Laming was equally clear that more needed to be done to ensure best practice is
universally applied and that more support needed to be provided for the front line
workforce.


Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board is still relatively new. This annual report
gives a flavour of the enormity of the agenda and the balance that must be struck
between focusing on those most at risk and requiring protection and the broader
safeguarding responsibilities which must also be addressed. It is difficult for the
report to do justice to the twin requirements of establishing strong multi-agency
working underpinned by practical procedures and policies and the professional
challenge which must exist across agencies to secure the safety of children and
young people. Nonetheless this is what the WSCB has achieved. Good professional
dialogue and practice is being supported by excellent multi-agency working. This is
a good foundation from which to progress but much still needs to be done and
2009/10 is likely to be a busy one.




Paul Robinson
Chair of Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board




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1.    Introduction

This is the third Annual Report of the Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board
(WSCB), covering the period of 1st April 2008 to 31st March 2009. The report
highlights the structure of the WSCB, outlining the strategic and operational
dimensions, including the various multi-agency sub-groups, working groups and
other safeguarding groups. The report summarises the achievements of the WSCB
during 2008/09, as well as those achieved by multi-agency forums, which feed into
and report to the WSCB on a regular basis. It outlines the priorities set for 2009/10
in the Business Plan, with a more detailed Action Plan 2009/10 attached.

In February 2008 the Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF)
published its Staying Safe Action Plan, following extensive consultation with
children, young people, their families and those working with them. The Staying
Safe Action Plan covers three main areas:

      Universal safeguarding, involving work to keep all children and young people
safe and to create safe environments for them;
      Targeted safeguarding to reduce the risks of harm for vulnerable groups of
children and young people; and
      Responsive safeguarding, involving responding effectively when children and
young people are harmed.

The Government’s Children’s Plan is underpinned by 5 key principles:
      Government does not bring up children – parents do – so Government needs
to do more to back parents and families
      All children have the potential to succeed and should go as far as their talents
can take them
      Children and young people need to enjoy their childhood as well as grow up
prepared for adult life
      Services need to be shaped by and responsive to children, young people and
families, not designed around professional boundaries
      It is always better to prevent failure than tackle a crisis later

The WSCB was encouraged by the commitments made by the DCSF within the
Staying Safe Action Plan, as several areas identified there had already been
identified as areas for action within the WSCB’s Action Plan 2008/09. Some of these
areas are longer-term commitments, which will therefore be carried forward in the
WSCB’s Action Plan for 2009/10. The WSCB has recognised that the role of LSCB’s
will become more prominent in taking forward the areas of development identified
within the Staying Safe Action Plan.

The Staying Safe Action Plan identifies a number of priority areas, which the WSCB
has included in it’s own action plan. These include:

       Addressing New Threats to Children’s Safety – the WSCB has developed an
e-Safety Strategy, covering mobile phones, Internet, gaming consoles and other
digital technology (based on toolkit provided by Becta) (see section 4.9)
       Improving Safety on Streets – Inspector Clive Lett, responsible for Youth


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Engagement for Wandsworth Borough Police, developed a draft policy in relation to
dealing with children at risk of gang activity, which was presented to the London
Safeguarding Children Board. This document has subsequently been used as the
basis of the draft Supplementary London Child Protection Procedure – Safeguarding
children affected by gang activity and/or serious youth violence. The consultation
period for this procedure ended 27th February 2009.
       Helping LSCBs to make a difference – the WSCB has used the LSCB Challenge
and Improvement Tool developed by DCSF to assist LSCBs to review their
governance arrangements. This proved to be a very helpful exercise, assisting the
WSCB to review it’s structure, question it’s effective functioning and revising the
role and responsibilities of individual board members.
       Third Sector Engagement – the WSCB offers free safeguarding and child
protection training, accessible to anyone working in the borough, in whichever
capacity, with children and young people. Although multi-agency training is
available to all workers within the children’s workforce, a gap was identified in
working with the voluntary sector, that the training being offered was not easily
accessible to volunteers. Therefore the multi-agency programme was revised and
additional courses were added, which now includes evening training sessions, which
workers within the voluntary sector are able to access free of charge.
       Disabled Children – a safeguarding working group has been established,
directly responsible to the ‘Children with special needs and disabilities Strategy
Group’, but which will report to the WSCB on a bi-annual basis. The Development
Manager of the WSCB is a standing member of this safeguarding group.
       Highlighting the role of the public in children and young people’s safety –
the WSCB has a very active Publicity and Communications sub-group, which has
coordinated the production of various safeguarding merchandise, leaflets and
distribution of 4 different poster campaigns (see section 4.5)
       Sexual exploitation and abuse of children and young people – a working
group has been formed to explore and address the issues in relation to
‘safeguarding children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation’. This group
will report bi-annually to the WSCB.

For another year, the WSCB has continued to achieve a high standard of
commitment and compliance with its safeguarding roles and responsibilities as
defined within the Children Act 2004. The WSCB recognises the importance of its
role to ensure, within the broader context of the Children’s Trust Arrangements for
improving the well-being of all children, the effectiveness of the arrangements
made by individual agencies and organisations to safeguard and promote the
welfare of children and young people. The WSCB remains committed to maintaining
these standards in relation to multi-agency working to ensure that all children and
young people are appropriately safeguarded and that their welfare is promoted. To
monitor the achievement of this goal, each WSCB partner agency completed a
Section 11 self-assessment audit, which will be audited and reviewed by the WSCB’s
Monitoring sub-group.

The Annual Report will be distributed and made available to all key agencies
/stakeholders and is a public document. It will be accessible through the WSCB
website – www.wscb.org.uk.




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2.    Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board

A significant number of people in Wandsworth support the work of the WSCB
through attendance at meetings, running training, attending events and
contributing to the auditing of their agencies and others’ safeguarding practice and
services.

The WSCB and various safeguarding groups have successfully met throughout the
year. A review of the Terms of Reference and membership of the WSCB and all its
sub-groups has taken place to ensure their focus and effectiveness and to review
unrepresented sectors. The work conducted within the various structures and
groups contributes to and continues to promote good practice, identifying areas for
improvements and development, and enables agencies within Wandsworth to come
together to consider safeguarding issues.

2.1 Structure
The WSCB has a three-tier structure, giving strategic overview and direction of the
work undertaken by the board, to the operational groups that co-ordinate and carry
out the work agreed by WSCB within its Action Plan.

The WSCB has an Executive Board, consisting of senior to director level of
representatives from all the main statutory agencies in Wandsworth. Below the
Executive Board is the Main Board, which has a mix of strategic and operational
senior managers from statutory and non-statutory agencies within the borough,
including representatives from the Third Sector. Below are flowcharts
demonstrating the various agencies who are represented on the Executive and Main
Safeguarding Children Boards.



      Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board

                          Executive Board



                              Main Board


                                             Individual Agency /
           Multi-agency
                                             Other Safeguarding
           Sub-groups
                                                    groups



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        Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board
                   Executive Board
                                                          Chair

                                                       Director of
                                                       Children’s
                                                        Services




                                                                              St George’s             Wandsworth
    Children’s              Mental Health            Metropolitan
                                                                              Hospital NHS            Primary Care
     Services                 Services                  Police
                                                                                  Trust                   Trust




  Assistant Director                                                                                  Associate Director
  Assistant Director           Wandsworth              Wandsworth                                   for Children & Families
                                                                                Director for
    Manager for                 Borough                 Borough                                      Designated Doctor &
                                                                                  Nursing           Nurse for Safeguarding
    Safeguarding                Director               Commander
   Standards Unit                                                                                      & Child Protection




             Wandsworth Safeguarding Child Board
                        Main Board                         Adult
                                                           Social              Adult
                                         WPCT             Services           Leisure &
                                                                              Amenity
                       St George’s
                                                                                               CAFCASS
                        Hospital


            South
                                                                                                         Children
           Thames
                                                                                                         Services
           College


      Sexual                                                                                                  CCVN –
      Health                                                                                                  Welcare &
     Services                                                                                                  WPPA
                                                          WSCB

      Schools –                                                                                             Domestic
      Primary &                                                                                             Violence
      Secondary                                                                                              Forum



                Probation                                                                            GP’s


                                Mental
                                Health                                                   Housing
                                 Trust          Metropolitan
                                                                     MAPPA
                                                  Police




For more detailed information about the role and function of the Executive and
Main Board, as well as a copy of the WSCB’s terms of reference, please go to
http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/Home/Safeguarding/Board/RoleOfWSCB.htm

2.2 WSCB Multi-agency sub-groups
The WSCB has 9 multi-agency sub-groups, which have responsibility for coordinating
and undertaking the core work of the WSCB. Each sub-group has representatives


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from the various WSCB partner agencies, although not every agency is represented
on each sub-group. Below is a flowchart naming all the multi-agency sub-groups.
Each sub-group is chaired by a member of the Main WSCB. A group was formed for
all chairs of WSCB sub-groups to meet bi-monthly to coordinate the work of the
WSCB sub-groups, to ensure duplication is not taking place and identify any areas of
work or responsibility of the WSCB that is not being addressed, which should be.


      Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board
            Multi-agency Sub-groups
                                       Serious Case
                                       Review Panel
                        Publicity &
                                                        Training
                      Communications




                  Private
                 Fostering                                       Anti-bullying
                                       Multi-agency
                                        Sub-groups



                   Prevention                                 Child Death
                                                             Overview Panel


      e-Safety
      Working                   Personnel       Monitoring
       Group                      Issues




For more detailed information about the role and function of each sub-group and
for a copy of their terms of reference, please go to
http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/Home/Safeguarding/Board/SubgroupsOfWSCB.ht
m

2.3 WSCB Working groups
There are currently 3 working groups, tasked to address specific safeguarding areas
identified as priority areas for further development. Each group has an agreed
Terms of Reference. These working groups are:

     e-Safety Working group, which reports directly to the Prevention sub-group
     ‘Safeguarding sexually active children and young people’ Working group
     ‘Safeguarding children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation’
Working group

2.4 Individual organisations and other multi-agency safeguarding groups
Each WSCB partner agency has the choice whether to establish a safeguarding
group within its own organisation/agency, to address safeguarding issues and assist
with the dissemination of information and fulfilling of their safeguarding
responsibilities. The remit and function of such groups have been acknowledged
and is included in the WSCB’s Terms of Reference.

Examples of agencies who have such safeguarding groups include:


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     Children with Special Needs and Disabilities Strategy Group – Children and
Young People with Disabilities & SEN safeguarding group
     Domestic Violence Forum – Children and Young People safeguarding group
     Integrated Children Centres’ safeguarding group
     Mental Health Trust safeguarding group
     WtPCT-lead Health safeguarding group
     (Newly restructured) Schools safeguarding group
     St Georges’ NHS Trust safeguarding group


                           Other Safeguarding
                                 groups

                                           Mental Health
                                            sub-group
                                                            Integrated
                        PCT–lead
                                                              Children
                          Health
                                                              Centres
                        sub-groups
                                                             sub-group


                                              Other
                                                                  Safeguarding
                                           Safeguarding
                 St George’s                                      Children with
                                          sub-groups &
                  sub-group                                        Disabilities
                                          Working groups
                                                                    and SEN



                       Safeguarding
                                                            Domestic
                     Sexually Exploited
                                                            Violence
                         Children
                                           Safeguarding      Forum
                      Working group
                                          Sexually Active
                                             Children
                                          Working group




2.5 Membership
The membership of the WSCB has remained consistent over the past year, apart
from a few changes due to colleagues leaving Wandsworth. One significant change
in membership has been the change in chairing arrangements for the WSCB, both
the Executive and the Main Board. Our previous chair, Mr Gerald Jones, Chief
Executive of the Council stepped down from his position as chair of the WSCB, in
order to take on chairing responsibilities for the Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
Partnership Board (SVAPB), to support the development of the SVAPB. It was
agreed by the members of the Executive Board that Mr Paul Robinson, Director of
Children’s Services, would replace Mr Jones. Mr Robinson has been in the role as
chair of the Executive Board and Main Board since July 2008. (See Appendix 1 for a
breakdown of current membership of each WSCB partner agency’s representation
on Executive and Main Board, as well as WSCB’s multi-agency sub-groups and
working groups.)




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3.    Actions and Achievements of 2008/09

3.1 Delivery of WSCB multi-agency training programme
Training delivered on a multi-agency basis is a highly effective way of promoting a
shared understanding of the respective roles and responsibilities of different
professionals and contributes to effective working relationships and safeguarding
practice.

The principle that all staff who come into contact with children and young people
need to have a basic awareness of safeguarding and child protection issues and how
to act on concerns they might have about children and young people’s well-being, is
fundamental to current policy and guidance across all agencies. This includes
members of the workforce who primarily work with adults, some of whom are
parents. Establishing a common language and shared understanding between
professionals and agencies working across professional boundaries and within the
voluntary sector, is a key aim of multi-agency training.

Over the past year 46 multi-agency training courses were delivered, covering 19
different topics. A total number of 729 people accessed the WSCB’s multi-agency
training during 2008/09. In addition to the set multi-agency training programme,
additional safeguarding briefing sessions have been delivered to agencies across
Wandsworth, some in conjunction with the Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
Partnership Board.

3.2 Joint Area Review Inspection
The Joint Area Review Inspection took place in October 2007 and looked at the
Council's overall support for children and young people in Wandsworth. The work of
the WSCB was considered within this JAR inspection, as WSCB is the key statutory
mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations in Wandsworth co-ordinate
services and co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and for
ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.

The inspectors particularly checked on the work being offered to children and young
people who might need extra support. The inspectors also looked at the services
delivered to children and young people by other organisations outside the Council
including health services and schools. Along with the Joint Area Review, the
Council's Youth Service was inspected at the same time.

In February 2008 the inspection report was received. The report highlighted what
is being done well in Wandsworth and considered how further improvements could
be made to help children and young people. The inspectors considered the 5 Every
Child Matters Outcomes. Overall the inspectors found that children have a “good
time” growing up in Wandsworth and they were impressed by the way the people in
Wandsworth work together to improve things for children and young people. The
report concluded:

       Overall local services for children and young people are outstanding.
       The arrangements to make sure that children and young people are safe are
outstanding.
       The support and services offered to children and young people with learning
difficulties and disabilities are outstanding.


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      The support and services offered to children and young people looked after
by the Council are outstanding. ‘Children looked after’ are those children and young
people who are cared for by the Council, usually by foster carers, if/when they are
unable to live with their parents or other friends and family.
      We work well with schools to ensure that boys in years 10 and 11 do better in
Wandsworth at GCSE than boys do in other parts of the country.
      The Youth Service is good and works well with other organisations.
      The prospects for Wandsworth in making services even better than they are
now are outstanding.

This was an excellent achievement and a positive reflection of the hard work of staff
across all agencies and was achieved primarily because of the good multi-agency
relationships between the various agencies providing services to children, young
people and their families, working effectively together in delivering such
outstanding services to the children and young people of Wandsworth. The
challenge is to ensure that these standards are maintained and that our services
continue to be developed.

3.3 Successful role out of updated 3rd Edition of London Child Protection
Procedures
The WSCB signed up to and agreed that all those working with children and young
people within Wandsworth would abide by and follow the London Child Protection
Procedures within their working practice. The WSCB purchased 1500 copies and
circulated copies to all statutory agencies, WSCB partner agencies, as well as
voluntary and faith groups within the borough. To date 1323 have been distributed
so far. Additional copies can be requested from the WSCB if more are required by
agencies.

3.4 Discontinuation of Child Protection Register
The Lord Laming Inquiry in 2003 into the death of Victoria Climbié recommended
that "local authorities replace the Child Protection Register with a more effective
system. Child protection conferences should remain, but the focus must no longer
be on whether to register or not. Instead the focus should be on establishing an
agreed plan to safeguard and promote the welfare of the particular child".

Working Together, 2006 (the guidance to inter-agency working to safeguard and
promote the welfare of children) confirmed the implementation of this
recommendation to take effect within each authority no later than the 1st April
2008.

The WSCB used this opportunity to review practice around child protection
conferences and particularly the balance between the time spent within
conferences sharing relevant information, conducting risk assessments and
formulating meaningful outline child protection plans.

All agencies were written to by the manager of the Safeguarding Standards Unit,
who has responsibility for managing Child Protection Conferences for the Council.
He confirmed that all children whose names were on the Wandsworth Child
Protection Register would continue to receive the same level of support and
services and that their plans would continue to be reviewed within the Child
Protection Conference structure as previously. Families and children (age
appropriate) who were involved and subject to the Child Protection Register at the

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time were written to and the new review process was explained to them. Social
workers supported families to understand the change in practice.

Child Protection Conferences continue to be held where there are concerns that a
child is suffering or is at risk of suffering significant harm. If the Child Protection
Conference decides that a child is at risk of significant harm, the child will become
the "subject of a formal child protection plan". Wandsworth continues to keep a
record of all children who are subject of child protection plans.

As stated previously, the aim of the change to discontinue the use of the Child
Protection Register was to focus workers and families on the child protection plan
and the actions that need to be taken to keep children safe and to make a
difference in their lives. The child protection plan is a working tool that should
enable the family and professionals to focus on the outcomes for each individual
child, to understand what is expected of them and what they can expect of others.

3.5 General awareness raising and publicity campaigns
The WSCB has had a very busy year in relation to general awareness raising. One of
the main responsibilities of the Publicity and Communications Sub-group is to raise
general safeguarding awareness through the coordination of safeguarding
campaigns, etc. One of the most significant achievements in relation to publicity
and raising awareness during 2007/08 was the development of the WSCB’s own
website. The website has gone from strength to strength and the main page alone
had “3046 hits” during the year 2008/09. Many encouraging comments have been
made about the user-friendliness, accessibility of and wide range of information
provided on the website by both professionals (both within and outside of
Wandsworth) and from members of public who have accessed the site. A colleague
in another LSCB commented that he accesses our site to download guidance
documents, as it’s easy to use!

During the last year the WSCB has commissioned the production of various
merchandise, which has been distributed widely throughout the borough to raise
awareness about the website and the message that ‘safeguarding children and
young people is EVERYONE’S responsibility’. Safeguarding leaflets have been
developed and updated, as well as coordinating four borough-wide poster
campaigns. The posters were displayed on notice boards and key sites throughout
the borough. A4 size copies were distributed to all WSCB partner agencies and
other organisations within the borough, as well as ‘Safeguarding’ and ‘Private
Fostering’ leaflets, which were given to agencies to display in public areas for staff
and members of public to view and have access to them.

The various awareness raising initiatives during the year 2008/09 have included:

    Safer Parenting Handbooks distributed to health settings (April 2008)
    Safeguarding Information Cards, which can easily be kept in wallet/purse or
     pocket (April 2008)
    In conjunction with the Domestic Violence Forum, a DV poster campaign
     raising awareness about domestic violence (June 2008)
    Safeguarding pens, which have the WSCB’s website address -
     www.wscb.org.uk - on it (July 2008)
    Colourful animal shaped bookmarks that have the message ‘If you’re worried
     about a child, call 020 8871 6622’, as well as the website address (as above).

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       The contact number on the bookmarks is for the Referral and Assessment
       Team at Wandsworth Children’s Services (July 2008)
      A new WSCB safeguarding leaflet (July 2008)
      ‘Street Safety’ poster (August 2008)
      Safer Parenting Handbooks distributed to schools (August 2008)
      ‘Keeping safe online’ mouse mat competition (September 2008)
      ‘Youths’ handbook – information for young people covering a variety of
       safeguarding topics (September 2008)
      e-Safety poster campaign (December 2008)
      Production of winning mouse mats (2 categories: 5-11 year olds and 12-18
       year olds) (January 2009)
      Updated Private Fostering Leaflets (January 2009)
      Private Fostering poster campaign (January 2009)
      Child Death Overview Panel leaflets (January 2009)
      The development of a new ‘Safeguarding is EVERYONE’S responsibility’
       poster campaign (March 2009) (Displayed and distributed borough-wide
       April/May 2009)

To see the various poster campaigns, handbooks, leaflets and the winning mouse
mats, etc. go to
http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/Home/Safeguarding/default.htm#5

3.6 Consultation with children, young people and families
3.6.1 ‘Youths’ handbooks – information for young people
Last year the WSCB produced an updated version of the ‘Safer Parenting Handbook’
after over 300 parents’ views were sought on the topics they would like in such a
handbook. Following up on the success of these handbooks, it was agreed to create
a similar handbook with helpful information for young people themselves. Young
people were consulted via schools, youth clubs and other settings/groups, such as
the Young Persons’ Drug Reference Group. The handbook is aimed at secondary
school aged young people and above.

This consultation process was extensive, initially consulting on topics to be included
in the handbook, then on the content of the different topics (16 topics) and lastly on
the name and design of the handbook. The consultation was completed in July 2007
and final product, ‘Youths’, was produced in September 2008. The handbooks have
been widely distributed, including agencies such as school nurses, youth workers,
social workers, Connexions, etc., who distribute the handbooks to young people.
The agencies were also asked to display them in public areas to ensure they are
freely available and accessible to young people. Additional copies are available and
can be requested from the WSCB.

3.6.2 ‘Keeping safe online’ mouse mat competition & prize giving
A 'Keeping safe online' mouse mat competition was held during September to
November 2008, inviting all children and young people aged 5-18 years old, to
submit a design for a mouse mat that tells their friends how to keep and be safe
whilst using the Internet, digital and mobile technology.

There were two categories: one for the age group 5-11 and the other for age group
12-18. We received an overwhelming response of 401 entries, which we were
delighted with. All the entries were very creative and it was hard to choose a winner
for each category. After much consideration and keeping the key focus on the

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'keeping safe online' message, we chose one winner for each of the categories,
which we felt gave a very clear message of the things to consider when a child or
young person is online and how to keep themselves safe whilst using the Internet.
Two runners-up were selected for each category.

The winners and runners-up for the two categories were:

     Category 5-11 year olds:
          o Winner - Tatyana Papas - Swaffield Primary
          o Runner-up - Chloe Humphreys - Penwortham After School Club
          o Runner-up - Maisie Doswell - Granard Primary
     Category 12-18 year olds:
          o Winner - Adrian Thompson - South Thames College
          o Runner up - Jade Panganiban – South Thames College
          o Runner-up - Zain Ul-Haq - Oak Lodge School

A prize giving was held at Wandsworth Town Hall on 11 th December 2008. All the
prize winners and their families were invited to attend. The prizes were handed out
to the winners and runners up by Councillor Tracey, Cabinet Member for Children &
Young People's Services and Paul Robinson, Chair of WSCB. Many photos were
taken, which can be viewed via the website, www.wscb.org.uk. Both winning
designs have been produced and distributed to all schools, youth clubs, libraries, ICT
suites, children in care, young carers, etc. across the borough. Additional copies of
the mouse mats are available and can be requested from the WSCB.

The prize giving event was combined with a presentation to say thank you to
another group of young people and their families who had participated and
contributed to Wandsworth's Children and Young People's Plan (CYPP) and
Parenting Strategy.

To see the winning mouse mats and photos from the prize giving event, please go to
http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/Home/Safeguarding/News/default.htm#15

3.6.3 Implementation of Anti-bullying Strategy – consultation events with children
and young people
Two consultation events, seeking the views of children and young people, were held
during Anti-Bullying week. The event for secondary aged pupils was held on 19th
November 2008 and the one for primary aged pupils was held on the 21st
November 2008.

The events included a specially commissioned piece of drama performed by young
people from a local drama group, High Star Production Company, on the theme of
bullying. The rest of the half-day session was a carousel of workshops designed to
encourage discussion around various aspects of the strategy and to gather children
and young people's views about anything that was missing and how to implement
most effectively the key areas of the strategy. Themes of the workshops were:

     Listening to, and involving children and young people
     Sharing resources and methods that help to reduce the chances of bullying
      happening/continuing and encourage good relationships between pupils and
      adults
     Making sure that staff have the skills to help

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    Involving a wide range of adults in making travel safer

It was a very successful event, with positive feedback from children and young
people who attended, as well as their teachers. The children and young people
engaged positively in all the various workshops. One of the Primary Schools that
attended, Hotham Primary School, delivered a similar style event within their school
following this event, which was largely facilitated by the young people who
attended the event on the 19th November 2008.

3.7 Safeguarding Leads Workshop & ‘Learning from Experience’ Seminars
The nation was understandably very shocked when news broke of the
circumstances of the tragic death of baby Peter in Haringey. The publicity following
the conviction of his mother, her boyfriend and the lodger for causing his death
initiated several actions by the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families,
which has had and will have significant implications for all agencies who provide
services for children, young people and their families. On 17 th November 2008 Lord
Laming was commissioned to provide an urgent report on the progress which has
been made across the country to implement effective arrangements for
safeguarding children (in essence since his initial report into the death of Victoria
Climbié). Lord Laming provided a detailed report on 12th March 2009, making 58
recommendations.

Taking proactive steps, the chair of WSCB wrote to all Chief Executives and Directors
of all the statutory agencies within the borough, requesting that they review their
safeguarding practices in light of the JAR Inspection Report on Haringey as well as
the Executive Summary of the Serious Case Review conducted by Haringey’s LSCB
following the death of baby P.

A workshop was arranged in March 2009 for all safeguarding leads and key
managers from all WSCB partner agencies, to review safeguarding practice within
Wandsworth. The aims of the Workshop were:

    to raise the level of awareness about the findings and recommendations of
     the Laming Review, the Haringey Serious Case Review and the Haringey JAR;
    to identify relevant issues for Wandsworth agencies in relation to both child
     protection and safeguarding practice, both at a multi-agency and individual
     agency level;
    to consider how best to address these issues across the multi-agency
     partnership and to develop an action plan;
    to use the learning/issues raised to inform the content of the locality
     “Learning From Experience Seminars”, being held on different dates in April
     2009. (In turn, the learning points from the three Learning From Experience
     Seminars will be fed back to the WSCB and the Safeguarding Leads.).

As part of the preparation for the Workshop, each Safeguarding Lead/key manager
attending was asked to discuss the implications of the Haringey JAR within their own
agency so they could bring an informed agency view to the event. The workshop
was very well attended with all safeguarding leads from all WSCB partner agencies
in attendance as well as additional key managers nominated by their agencies.
Positive feedback was received from participants and the key messages will be fed
into the Learning from Experience Seminars, as well as individual agencies

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addressing some of the practice issues raised by colleagues during the day.

Prior to the announcement of the tragic death of baby P, the WSCB’s Training Sub-
group had already planned Learning from Experience Seminars, exploring the
lessons to be learnt from Serious Case Reviews. In light of the implications of baby
P’s death, it was agreed to include lessons to learn from the Haringey Serious Case
Review that was conducted following his death, as well as other recent Serious Case
Reviews.

3.8 Serious Case Review / Internal Management Reviews / Multi-agency
practice case reviews
One of the roles of an LSCB is to consider whether a Serious Case Review should be
undertaken when a child dies (including death by suicide), and abuse or neglect is
known or suspected to be a factor in the child’s death. This is irrespective of
whether LA children’s social care is or has been involved with the child or family.

The LSCB should also consider holding a Serious Case Review when there are
concerns about the way in which local professionals and services worked together
with respect to a child:

    Who sustains a potentially life-threatening injury or serious and permanent
     impairment of health and development through abuse or neglect; or
    Who has been subjected to particularly serious sexual abuse; or
    Whose parent has been murdered and a homicide review is being initiated;
     or
    Who has been killed by a parent with a mental illness; or
    Whose case gives rise to concerns about inter-agency working to protect
     children from harm.

The purpose of a serious case review is to:

    Establish whether there are lessons to be learned from the case about the
     way in which local professionals and organisations work together to
     safeguard and promote the welfare of children;
    Identify clearly what those lessons are, how they will be acted upon, and
     what is expected to change as a result, and as a consequence;
    To improve inter-agency working and better safeguard and promote the
     welfare of children.

Three locality-based seminars have been arranged for 1st, 28th and 30th April 2009,
with three further seminars planned for 23rd June, 8th July and 17th September, to
focus on lessons to learn from the Internal Management Reviews completed by
WSCB’s Serious Cases Review Panel, exploring issues in relation to how agencies and
organisations work together in providing support and services to vulnerable young
people.

Over the last few years various studies have been completed of Serious Case
Reviews that have been undertaken. Some key messages that emerge from Serious
Case Reviews studies include:

    The importance of family histories/chronologies
    An understanding of child protection indicators and risk factors by staff

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       across multi-agency services
      Inadequate sharing of information
      Flawed assessment processes and decision-making/assessment of risk
      The rule of optimism and wishful thinking
      Inadequate information about significant men
      The importance of working in partnership with families, including birth
       fathers
      The focus on the child
      Addressing and resolving professional differences of view
      This is everyone’s responsibility, and everyone’s responsibility to work
       together to safeguard children
      An understanding of each other’s roles and responsibilities within multi-
       agency working is crucial

During 2008/09 the Serious Case Review Panel (SCRP) met three times to consider
three different cases. None of the three cases discussed met the criteria for
conducting a Serious Case Review (SCR), as set out in Working Together 2006.
However due the seriousness of the criminal offences committed by two of the
young people, the SCRP agreed that Internal Management Reviews (IMRs) should be
conducted in respect of each of these young people. Both cases involved crimes
committed in 2006 & 2007 respectively, although the IMRs were only initiated in
2007 and completed in 2008. The one young person, aged 18 at the time he
committed the offence in November 2006, was charged in March 2007 and
subsequently convicted of murder in November 2007. He is serving a life sentence.
The Internal Management Review was initiated in November 2007 and completed
May 2008. In relation to the other case, the young woman involved was 15 at the
time of the offence, which took place in July 2007. She was arrested and charged,
together with her boyfriend, in July 2007. She was convicted of murder in April
2008 and must serve a minimum of 11 years. The IMR in relation to her was
initiated in October 2007 and completed in May 2008.

In July 2008 a young British girl’s dismembered body was found in Brazil. The young
woman was a Wandsworth resident and had been known to several services prior to
her death. A SCRP meeting was arranged for September 2008 and it was agreed
that although the criteria for a SCR was not met, as the young person had been
known to several agencies over a number of years, an Internal Management Review
should be completed. The IMR was initiated in September 2008 and completed in
December 2008. A Brazilian man of Turkish heritage has admitted to killing her and
awaits trial.

The process for IMRs in Wandsworth is very thorough and all agencies are required
to complete detailed individual internal management reviews reports and provide
these for the completion of a composite report, which is done by the Safeguarding
Standards Unit Manager for the Council.

Some of the key messages that emerged from the IMRs conducted by the SCRP are:

    Early intervention
    Meaningful and decisive intervention
    Identifying vulnerability in young people (early on and acting promptly and
     appropriately)
    Multi-agency communication and inter-agency working relationships

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WSCB also contributed to a SCR conducted by Sutton LSCB, as both parents of the
child who died had links to Wandsworth and the mother has subsequently returned
to reside in the borough.

The WSCB also has a structure in place for the discussion of individual cases by a
multi-agency group where there may be concerns about multi-agency working
practices. One of the Monitoring sub-group’s responsibilities is to ensure that WSCB
carries out the general function of monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of
services delivered by Wandsworth Council and WSCB members individually and
collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It is the Monitoring
sub-group’s responsibility to review individual case practice. Any agency can refer a
case to the sub-group. During 2008/09 the sub-group reviewed five such cases.

3.9     e-Safety Strategy
Today’s children and young people are citizens of a digital world. In their daily lives
the use of the Internet and digital technologies, including mobile phones and game
consoles, represent a seamless extension of the physical world. Their emotional
lives and their development are bound up in the use of these technologies. In
contrast to many adults for whom these technologies are additional tools to be used
for specific tasks, many of today’s children do not even notice they are using these
technologies. As online content, social networks and instant messaging converge
with mobile technology to produce lives which are always ‘on’, any line which may
have existed between being online and offline is disintegrating.

Developing an e-Safety Strategy was identified as an area of priority for the
Prevention sub-group. The e-Safety Strategy was developed by the e-Safety working
group, using the toolkit by Becta (British Educational Communications and
Technology Agency) and Brent LSCB to develop the WSCB’s e-Safety Strategy. The
e-Safety Strategy was circulated for consultation over a 2 month period and was
approved by the WSCB on 5th February 2009. An e-Safety Policy was developed
alongside the strategy, based on work done by Kent LSCB. Both documents are
currently being printed and will be launched at a free half-day multi-agency event
on 3rd June 2009 at Wandsworth Civic Suite for everyone working with children and
young people in the borough. A parallel event will be held on 13th June 2009 for
parents of children aged 3-11 years old, raising their awareness of how to keep their
children safe online. Wandsworth Primary Play Association (WPPA) is leading on the
planning for the parents event, with support from the WSCB’s Development
Manager.

Once the e-Safety Strategy and Policy is produced it will available electronically via
WSCB’s website – www.wscb.org.uk. Hard copies will be made available and
distributed to agencies throughout the borough.

3.10    Section 11 Self-Assessment Audit
The Section 11 responsibilities (Children Act 2004) in relation to Safeguarding
Arrangements came into effect in October 2005. In 2007, all partner agencies of the
WSCB completed a Safeguarding/Section 11 self-audit form. Agencies were given
the option of using two different templates for the self-audit process; one was a
lengthy, detailed self-audit template and the other a shorter, “headline” template.
It was agreed that each agency would use whichever template was considered to be
the most helpful to their own agency. The feedback from 2007 was that agencies

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had found the real benefit of the audit to be in the process itself – identifying,
analysing and assessing safeguarding developments within their own team, section
or agency.

The Government has clearly identified that each Safeguarding Children Board is
expected to have a key role in monitoring and auditing the work of its constituent
agencies in relation to safeguarding. The completion of the S11 audit forms was the
main mechanism and process this year for all WSCB partner agencies to review and
reflect upon their own safeguarding practices, and to assess the extent to which
they had addressed and fulfilled their Section 11 safeguarding responsibilities.

The Monitoring sub-group has the responsibility of reviewing and auditing all the
completed S11 self-assessment audit forms.

3.11 Other achievements or actions completed during 2008/09
3.11.1        London Dataset Pilot Project
WSCB agreed to be part of the London Dataset Pilot Project since October 2008. 52
Performance Indicators have been identified to be collected by all LSCB’s. 18 of the
PI’s are National Indicators. WSCB is due to report data back to London
Safeguarding Children Board by 30th May 2009.

3.11.2          Children’s visiting policy – HMP Wandsworth
The WSCB’s Development Manager worked with HMP Wandsworth and PACT
(Prisons Advice and Care Trust), developing a visiting policy and procedure for
children visiting prisoners at HMP Wandsworth, following concerns expressed by
prison staff about adults bringing children to visit prisoners when they were not
related to the prisoner, the visitor or sometimes to either of them. Concerns were
also raised in relation to children being used as “mules” to smuggle drugs, mobile
phones, etc. into the prisons.

3.11.3          ‘First Night in Custody’ Toolkit
The WSCB’s Development Manager worked with PACT (Prison Advice and Care
Trust), HMP Wandsworth and HMP Holloway in developing a ‘First Night in Custody’
Toolkit. PACT is a charity which supports people affected by imprisonment. They
provide practical support to prisoners' children and families, and to prisoners
themselves. They work in a number of prisons across the UK, run family-friendly
visitors’ centres outside prisons, children’s play services in prison visit halls, etc.

The ‘First Night in Custody’ Toolkit will provide prisons with practical training,
guidance and resources - enabling them to develop and run their own First Night in
Custody services. The HMP Prison Service will be funding the production of this
toolkit.

3.11.4           Domestic Violence One-Stop Shop
A need was identified for free, easily accessible, face-to-face confidential advice for
victims of domestic violence. After a great deal of planning, in conjunction with a
local solicitors firm, the Domestic Violence Forum launched an initiative to address
these issues. The One Stop Shop opened on Monday 22nd September 2008 at
Battersea Arts Centre. Free information, legal advice and support is offered to
people experiencing domestic violence and abuse in Wandsworth. The service runs
from 10.00am to 12.30pm every Monday (except Bank Holidays). A phone line is
available during opening hours.

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3.11.5          Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP)
This is a new service to Wandsworth. The project has capacity for working with four
children at any oen time who have been affected by domestic violence. The
therapist is based at the Imani project for a day each week and offers therapeutic
work on a weekly basis for up to a year.

3.11.6       Young Carers
The Young Carers Strategy and implementation group has worked on:

    The development of the Borough’s Carers Strategy to ensure the inclusion of
     young carers and their needs.
    A conference which was held in December 2008. This was successful in
     raising awareness of the position of young carers. It highlighted the need for
     a whole family approach from services for adults and children in order to
     identify and support young carers and ensuring that their caring
     responsibilities are not negatively impacting on their life chances. Adult
     mental health services have incorporated this thinking into their service –
     providing activity bags for children visiting their parents in hospital and
     planning a child friendly visiting room.
    A scoping exercise to assess the number of young carers in the borough by
     asking schools about the numbers of young carers known to them.
    Training for school staff has been commissioned and will be delivered to
     clusters by the Include project in the Summer term with a view to each
     school identifying a champion for young carers.
    Extended schools services have worked with young carers in their remit. A
     young carers outreach worker will be appointed to support the
     implementation of the young carers action plan, which includes raising
     awareness in universal services, such as GPs and schools and building
     capacity in existing targeted services.
    Training on identifying and working with young carers will be incorporated
     into the WSCB multi-agency training programme in 2009/10.

3.11.7 Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and Lead Professional (LP)
The WSCB’s Training sub-group has oversight of the Common Assessment
Framework (CAF) and Lead Professional training, although this is delivered by the
CAF/Contact Point Team within Children’s Services. Training in relation to the role
and responsibilities of the ‘Lead Professional’ is addressed within the CAF training.
The CAF training is divided into 3 levels:

    CAF Level 2
    CAF Level 3
    eCAF

During the year 2008/09, 682 people have received CAF training. The breakdown of
CAF and eCAF training is:
 CAF & eCAF Training during       Number of courses                  Number of individuals trained
 2008/09
 CAF Level 2                      28                                 285
 CAFL Level 3                     5                                  44
 eCAF                             50                                 353


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4.     Facts and Figures 2008/09

4.1           Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)
The CDOP has the responsibility to review of all child deaths (under 18 years,
excluding those babies who are stillborn) who were residents of Wandsworth. In
certain circumstances the CDOP might choose, in discussion with another CDOP, to
review a child who died within Wandsworth, although he/she was not a resident of
Wandsworth.

The overall principles are that in all cases enquiries should seek to understand the
reasons for the child’s death, address the possible needs of the other children in the
household, the needs of all family members and, also, consider any lessons to be
learnt about how best to safeguard and promote the children’s welfare in the
future. All families should be treated with sensitivity, discretion and respect at all
times, and professionals should approach their enquiries with an open mind.

An unexpected death is defined as the death of a child (birth up to 18th birthday,
but excludes babies stillborn) which was not anticipated as a significant possibility
24 hours before the death or where there was a similarly unexpected collapse
leading to or precipitating the events which led to the death. This includes traffic
accidents, suicides and murders.

 Facts and figures in relation to children
 and young people who have died, either
 within Wandsworth or Wandsworth child            2008/09       2007/08     2006/07
 residents who have died outside of the
 borough, during 2008/09

 Number of deaths that have occurred in
 Wandsworth during the year ending 31st              72           n/a          n/a
 March

 Number of deaths in Wandsworth which
                                                     24           n/a          n/a
 were Wandsworth residents

 Number of deaths that have occurred in
                                                      1           n/a          n/a
 Wandsworth that were gang related

 Number of deaths in Wandsworth which
 were Wandsworth residents that were                  0           n/a          n/a
 gang related

 Total number of deaths reviewed and
                                                      7           n/a          n/a
 closed by CDOP during 2008/09

 Number of cases discussed or reviewed by
 CDOP during 2008/09, but not yet closed              2           n/a          n/a
 due to outstanding information

 Number of cases to be discussed by CDOP,            15           n/a          n/a

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but awaiting information

Number of Wandsworth child deaths that
were preventable (of those reviewed by            1         n/a       n/a
CDOP)

Number of child deaths that were
                                                  14        n/a       n/a
expected

Number of child deaths that were
                                                  10        n/a       n/a
unexpected

Category of death for cases closed by
                                                2008/09   2007/08   2006/07
CDOP at 31st March
Deliberate inflicted injury, abuse or neglect     0         n/a       n/a
Suicide or deliberate self-inflicted harm         1         n/a       n/a
Trauma and other external factors                 1         n/a       n/a
Malignancy                                        0         n/a       n/a
Acute medical or surgical condition               0         n/a       n/a
Chronic medical condition                         2         n/a       n/a
Chromosomal, genetic and congenital
                                                  1         n/a       n/a
anomalies
Perinatal / neonatal event                        1         n/a       n/a
Infection                                         1         n/a       n/a
Sudden unexpected, unexplained death              0         n/a       n/a
Total number reviewed by CDOP                     7         n/a       n/a

Number of Wandsworth children who died
- Breakdown by age of children (Age             2008/09   2007/08   2006/07
bands):
Under 1 year old                                  9         n/a       n/a
Under 5 years old                                 5         n/a       n/a
Under 15 years old                                7         n/a       n/a
Under 18 years old                                3         n/a       n/a
Total                                             24        n/a       n/a

Number of Wandsworth children who died
                                                2008/09   2007/08   2006/07
- Breakdown by gender
Male                                              12        n/a       n/a
Female                                            12        n/a       n/a

Number of Wandsworth children who died
                                                2008/09   2007/08   2006/07
- Breakdown by Ethnicity
Any other ethnic group                            2         n/a       n/a
Asian or Asian British                            4         n/a       n/a
Black or Black British                            1         n/a       n/a
Mixed                                             1         n/a       n/a
White                                             10        n/a       n/a
Not stated                                        6
Total                                             24        n/a       n/a


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4.2            Private Fostering
 Facts and figures in relation to children
 and young people privately fostered            2008/09   2007/08   2006/07
 within Wandsworth

 Number of notification of new private
                                                  18        20        21
 fostering arrangements during the year

 Number of new private fostering
                                                  13        15        21
 arrangements that began during the year

 Number of notifications of private
 fostering arrangements coming to an end          15        12        14
 during the year

 Number of private fostering arrangements
                                                  19        17        14
 that ended during the year

 Number of children whose private
 fostering arrangements began between 1st
                                                2008/09   2007/08   2006/07
 April and 31st March - Breakdown by age
 of children (Age bands):
 Under 1                                          0         0         1
 01 – 04                                          2         2         3
 05 – 09                                          3         3         1
 10 – 15                                          7         5         13
 16 and over                                      1         5         3
 Total                                            13        15        21

 Number of children under private
                                                  15        16        13
 fostering arrangements as at 31st March

 Number of children whose private
 fostering arrangements began between 1st
                                                2008/09   2007/08   2006/07
 April and 31st March - Breakdown by place
 of birth
 United Kingdom                                   3         4         6
 Europe (other)                                   1         0         0
 Africa                                           4         5         8
 Asia                                             1         0         3
 Middle East                                      2         6         0
 Oceania                                          0         0         0
 Canada and USA                                   1         0         0
 Caribbean, Central and South America             1         0         2
 Other                                            0         0         2
 Total                                            13        15        21

 Source of referral and notifications of
                                                2008/09   2007/08   2006/07
 private fostering arrangements


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 Anonymous                                         0           0           1
 Border and Immigration Agency                     1           1           0
 CAMHS                                             0           1           0
 Children’s Services                               2           0           3
 Croydon Asylum Screening Unit                     1           0           1
 Home Office                                       2           1           2
 Housing                                           1           5           1
 National Probation Services                       1           3           0
 Other Local Authority                             1           0           6
 Parent                                            1           0           0
 Police                                            0           1           2
 Private Foster Carer                              2           2           2
 School                                            1           1           1
 Solicitor                                         0           0           1
 Young Person                                      0           0           1
 Total                                             13          15          21

4.3 Children subject to Child Protection Plans [or previously on Child Protection
Register (CPR)]
 Facts and figures in relation to children
 and young people subject to Child
                                               2008/09      2007/08 2006/07
 Protection Plans [or on Child Protection
 Register(CPR)]

 Number of children who were subject of a
 Child Protection Plan during the year            339          296        271
 ending 31st March

 Number of children who were subject to a
 Child Protection Plan (or on CPR) at 31st        181          176        133
 March

 Number of children who became subject
 of a Child Protection Plan (or on CPR)           163          163        145
 during the year ending 31st March

 Number of children who were subject of a
 Child Protection Plan (or on CPR) at 31st
                                                2008/09     2007/08     2006/07
 March - Breakdown by age of children
 (Age bands):
 Unborn                                            0            0          5
 Under 1                                          38           36         17
 01 – 04                                          57           64         37
 05 – 09                                          51           48         43
 10 – 15                                          34           28         30
 16 and over                                       1            0          1
 Total                                            181          176        133

 Number of children who were subject of a
                                                2008/09     2007/08     2006/07
 Child Protection Plan (or on CPR) at 31st


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March - Breakdown by category of abuse:
Emotional Abuse                                32          31        15
Multiple (includes categories not recorded)     0          72        61
Neglect                                        83          49        33
Physical Abuse                                 55          12        12
Sexual Abuse                                   11          12        12
Total                                          181         176       133

Number of children who were subject of a
Child Protection Plan (or on CPR) at 31st     2008/09    2007/08    2006/07
March - Breakdown by Ethnicity
Any other ethnic group                         15           1         5
Asian or Asian British                         11           7         5
Black or Black British                         49          51        40
Mixed                                          33          34        21
White                                          73          83        57
Unborn                                          0           0         5
Total                                          181         176       133

Number of children who were subject of a
Child Protection Plan at 31st March 2009 -
                                                          % for
Breakdown by Ethnicity per percentage of      2008/09
                                                         2008/09
children subject of a Child Protection Plan
(or on CPR)
White British                                       70     38.67%
White Irish                                          0      0.00%
Any other white                                      3      1.66%
white %                                          40.3%     40.33%
white & black Caribbean                              7      3.87%
white & black African                                1      0.55%
white and Asian                                      1      0.55%
Any other mixed                                     24     13.26%
Mixed %                                          18.2%     18.23%
Indian                                               0      0.00%
Pakistani                                            0      0.00%
Bangladeshi                                          2      1.10%
Any other Asian                                      9      4.97%
Asian %                                           6.1%      6.08%
Caribbean                                           14      7.73%
African                                             12      6.63%
Any other black                                     23     12.71%
Black %                                          27.1%     27.07%
Chinese                                              2      1.10%
Any other ethnic                                    13      7.18%
Unborn                                               0      0.00%
Total                                              181    100.00%

Children subject of a Child Protection Plan
(CPP) by ethnicity - as a ratio to whole                 2008/09
under 19 population


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GLA Aggregated Ethnic Group                    2008/09: Comparisons against
                                                   2001 census population
                                                 0-19
                                               general       CPP         CPP
                                              population    08/09       Ratio
White all                                          65.1%      40.3%        0.62
Asian all                                           7.5%        6.1%       0.81
Black all                                          12.8%      27.1%        2.11
Mixed                                              10.7%      18.2%        1.71
Other                                               3.9%        8.3%       2.10
Not stated                                          0.0%        0.0%
Null                                                0.0%        0.0%
Total                                              100%        100%        1.00
GLA Aggregated Ethnic Group                     2008/09: comparisons against
                                                 2011 projected population
                                                 0-19
                                               general       CPP         CPP
                                              population    08/09       Ratio
White all                                          64.9%      40.3%        0.62
Asian all                                           7.0%        6.1%       0.87
Black all                                          10.2%      27.1%        2.66
Mixed                                              10.8%      18.2%        1.69
Other                                               7.3%        8.3%       1.13
Not stated                                          0.0%        0.0%
Null                                                0.0%        0.0%
Total                                              100%        100%        1.00

Number of children who were subject of a
Child Protection Plan at 31st March 2009 -
                                                            % with
– Breakdown by Gender per percentage of         Total
                                                             CPP
children subject of a Child Protection Plan
(or on CPR)
Female                                                94      51.9%
Male                                                  87      48.1%
Unborn                                                 0       0.0%
Total                                                181     100.0%

Children with a CP plan by Gender - as a
                                                           2008/09
ratio of whole under 18 population
Gender breakdown                                  Using ONS 2007 mid-year
                                                         estimate
                                                             CPP
                                                 0-17
                                                            08/09    Ratio
Female                                             49.2%      51.9%       1.05
Male                                               50.8%      48.1%       0.95
Total                                              100%       100%        1.00

Number of children who became subject
of a Child Protection Plan (or on CPR)         2008/09     2007/08    2006/07
during the year ending 31st March -


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Breakdown by category of abuse:
Emotional Abuse                                 25        25        12
Multiple (includes categories not recorded)      4        80        60
Neglect                                         70        45        41
Physical Abuse                                  54         7        22
Sexual Abuse                                    10         6        10
Total                                           163       163       145

Number of children who were subject of a
Child Protection Plan (or CP registration)
for longer than 2 years at the time of the       19        5         13
discontinuation of the plan during the year
ending 31st March

Number of children who became subject
of a Child Protection Plan (or on CPR) for a
2nd or subsequent time (re-registrations)        13        17        17
during the year ending 31st March

Number of children whose Child
Protection Plans discontinued (ceased) (or
                                                158       120       138
who were de-registered) during the year
ending 31st March

Number of children whose Child
Protection Plans discontinued (ceased) (or
                                                 24        12        23
who were de-registered) in under 6
months during the year ending 31st March

Number of children who are the subject of
a Child Protection Plan (or on CPR) at 31st
March who at that date had been the
subject of a plan continuously for at least    100.0%    100.0%    97.8%
the previous three months and whose
cases had been reviewed within the
required timescales.

Number of Initial Child Protection
Conferences within 15 days of S47 enquiry
                                               58.7%     70.05%    63.3%
/last strategy meeting during the year
ending 31st March


Number of children who are the subject of
a Child Protection Plan (or on CPR) at 31st    2008/09   2007/08   2006/07
March – Breakdown by Ward
Balham                                           0         2         0
Bedford                                          4         3         1
Earlsfield                                       5         2         4
East Putney                                      1         6         5
Fairfield                                        10        2         1

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Furzedown              11     4     4
Graveney               11     4     3
Latchmere              16     8     3
Nightingale             4     0     0
Northcote               0     1     0
Not Stated             36    81    74
Parkside                6     5     1
Queenstown             16     4     3
Roehampton             16    16    15
Southfield              2     4     5
Springfield             3     3     0
St. John                2     3     2
St. Mary's Park         6     1     0
Thamesfield             8     2     1
Tooting                 5     2     0
West Hill              10    20     5
West Putney             9     3     6
Total                  181   176   133




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5.      Financial report - Statement of Income & Expenditure 2008/09

In 2008/09 the WSCB budget was increased to £ 176,624.17, with an additional
carry forward from 2007/08 of £ 70,204.78 due to under spending. This was due to
the Practice Development Manager’s post not being filled until February 2007. A
number of initiatives and their funding commitments were consequently carried
over to 2007/08 and subsequently 2008/09. These included the several publicity
(poster) campaigns, production of safeguarding merchandise, expanding the multi-
training programme, safeguarding events, etc.

A detailed breakdown of the income and expenditures of the WSCB 2008/09, as well
as information about budget contribution for 2009/10 and projected spending for
2009/10, follows below:

WSCB INCOME:

      WSCB Partner             Contributio        Total income         Contribution         Total income
        agency                 n 2008/09            2008/09           2009/10 (2.5%           2009/10
                                                                        increase*)

 CAFCASS*                             550.00               550.00               550.00               550.00

 Metropolitan Police*              5,000.00             5,550.00             5,000.00             5,550.00
 National Probation
 Services *                        1,000.00             6,550.00             2,000.00             7,550.00
 WBC Adult Social
 Services Dept.                    8,930.83            15,480.83             9,153.57            16,703.57
 WBC Children's
 Services                       100,334.19           115,815.02           102,842.54           119,546.11

 WBC Finance Dept.                 4,464.90          120,279.92              4,576.52          124,122.63

 WBC Housing Dept.                 8,909.30          129,189.22              9,132.03          133,254.66
 WBC Technical
 Services Dept.                    4,464.90          133,654.12              4,576.52          137,831.18

 Wandsworth PCT                   42,970.05          176,624.17             44,044.30          181,875.48
 Total contribution to
 budget                                              176,624.17                                181,875.48

 Previous year’s
 under-spent                      70,204.78                                 49,712.24
 Total income (WSCB
 Partner agency
 contribution plus previous
 year’s under-spent)                               £ 246,828.95                              £ 231,587.72


 CDOP Income                      52,000.00                                 63,613.00

 CDOP under-spent                                                           38,383.89
 Total Income for
 CDOP                                                                                        £ 101,996.89
* These agencies’ contributions are controlled nationally and therefore do not follow the agreed 2.5% increase)




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                 WSCB Budget Contributions by Partner Agencies 2008/09


          4,464.90 , 3%   4,464.90 , 3% 1,000.00 , 1%                               Probation

                                                    550.00 , 0%                     CAFCASS
    8,909.30 , 5%
                                                                                    Wandsworth PCT
 8,930.83 , 5%                                             42,970.05 , 24%
                                                                                    Police

                                                                                    Children's Services

                                                                                    Adult SSD

                                                                                    Housing
                                                             5,000.00 , 3%
                                                                                    Finance
   100,334.19 , 56%
                                                                                    Techincal Services




WSCB EXPENDITURE FOR 2008/09 & PROJECTED SPENDING FOR 2009/10:

 WSCB Expenditure             Actual           Actual Running         Projected               Projected
                           spending per        Total spending        spending for               Total
                           expenditure          for 2008/09            2009/10               spending for
                                                                                               2009/10
General expenses
& running costs                    756.99                 756.99             2,000.00             2,000.00
Publicity &
Communications                 30,393.42                31,150.41        40,600.00               42,600.00
External training
                                 1,843.25               32,993.66            3,000.00            45,600.00
WSCB Salaries &
travel expenses                89,123.05            122,116.71          108,200.00              153,800.00
Agreed extras
                               75,000.00            197,116.71           75,000.00              228,800.00

Total expenditure                                                                            £ 228,800.00
for 2008/09                                       £ 197,116.71                                (projection)

Projected total
under-spent at end
2009/10                                                                                         £ 1,787.72


CDOP expenditures         13,616.11                £ 13,616.11           63,613.00 £ 63,613.00

CDOP under-spent                                        38,383.89




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                                WSCB Expenditure 2008/09              30,393.44 , 15%
                  767.85 , 0%




                                                                  2,756.35 , 1%



                                                           General expenses &
                                                           running costs
                                                           Publicity &
75,000.00 , 38%                                            Communications
                                                           External training

                                                           WSCB Salaries & travel
                                                           expenses
                                                           Agreed extras




                                                            88,777.06 , 46%




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 6.       Key Priorities for the WSCB 2009/10

A number of key areas prioritised by the WSCB for 2008/09 remain priority areas to
continue developing and focus on during 2009/10. The priorities and action plan
have been set by the Executive Board, which gives the strategic overview and
leadership to the WSCB. Each one of the 9 multi-agency sub-groups will continue to
develop their individual action plans to meet the targets set out within the overall
Action Plan. Each sub-group will focus on the work of its specific remit.


                    The key priorities for the WSCB for 2009/10 are:


       Implementation of recommendations of Lord Laming’s Protection of
        Children in England: Progress Report following the death of baby Peter.

       Ongoing review of safeguarding practice across all agencies in light of Lord
        Laming’s report. This includes the introduction of a system of quarterly off-
        line audits of front-line safeguarding practice.

       Review and monitor each agency’s fulfilment of safeguarding
        responsibilities and assess the effectiveness of each agency’s safeguarding
        arrangements through a revised S11 self-assessment audit.

       Develop clearer reporting arrangements between ‘Children’s Trust
        Arrangements’ and WSCB.

       Continue further development in relation to the engagement and
        participation of Voluntary and Community Sector and Faith Communities.

       Involve children, young people and families in service planning and delivery.


       Further develop our practice in relation to safeguarding disabled children to
        ensure they are prioritised and their specific needs are addressed through
        the development of safeguarding procedures and policies.

       To have effective multi-agency safeguarding practices in relation to children
        and young people involved in the criminal justice system.

       To further develop our practice and a coordinated response in relation to
        children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation.

       To ensure a coordinated response to children and young people who go
        missing from care, home and school.

       Implement and review e-Safety Strategy and Action Plan.


       WSCB and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Partnership Board to review
        integrated working practice to ensure improved cooperation, coordination

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       and sharing of information between children’s services and adults’ services
       and joint training.

    Introduction of performance management, quality assurance and auditing
     processes

    Further work in relation to measuring the impact and effectiveness of the
     WSCB

    Ensure children, young people and families experiencing domestic violence
     are identified and their needs addressed

Other areas of ongoing focus, as included in the Action Plan 2009/10, will be:

    To have effective “Rapid Response Arrangements” in place in relation to
     unexpected child deaths

    Scrutinise cases of all children who die or are seriously injured as a result of
     abuse or neglect

    Review and monitor each agency’s compliance in relation to ‘Management of
     Allegations against Staff and Volunteers’ and ‘Safer Recruitment’

    Raise awareness amongst agencies in preparation for the implementation of
     the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) Scheme in July 2010

    Implement within Wandsworth the London Dataset of Performance Indicators
     for use by London LSCBs.

    Further develop practice in relation to safeguarding sexually active children

    Promote the message that safeguarding is everyone’s business through
     training, communication and awareness raising

    Privately fostered children to be safeguarded

    Ensure children and young people are safe from bullying and discrimination

    Have up to date local multi-agency safeguarding policies, protocols and
     practice guidance in place




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