REDCAR & CLEVELAND
SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN BOARD
PARTICIPATION AND ENGAGEMENT TASK GROUP
MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 17TH MAY 2010,
REDCAR YOUTH CENTRE, COATHAM ROAD
Mark Gray (Chair) Integrated Youth Service Manager, RCBC
Marcia Ingram Development Officer, RCSCB
Karen McGarrity Community Information Officer, RCVDA(Redcar & Cleveland
Voluntary Development Agency)
Bryan Tams Cleveland Police
Helen Stanforth Young People’s Participation Officer, RCBC
1. INTRODUCTIONS AND APOLOGIES
1.1 Mark welcomed everyone to the first Participation and Engagement Task
Group of Redcar & Cleveland Safeguarding Children Board and noted
2. PURPOSE OF MEETING
2.1 Mark explained that the LSCB had a remit to engage with the community,
including children and young people, and to raise awareness of issues
around safeguarding children.
A similar Task Group had been held by the now disbanded South Tees
LSCB and Mark invited Marcia to give some background on what work
had been carried out by this group.
2.2 Marcia explained that the previous group, Protect in Partnership, had
produced lots of different leaflets and material to encourage awareness
of both the LSCB and safeguarding children. This included the Safe
2.3 Marcia gave out Chapter 3 from Working Together 2010 which covered
the remit of LSCBs including the communication and raising awareness
The full version can be downloaded from
2.4 Bryan commented that this Task Group gave the LSCB an opportunity to
work closely with other existing groups, such as TIP(?) which would bring
much added value and ensure less duplication of effort.
3. TERMS OF REFERENCE
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3.1 Mark informed the Task Group that the LSCB require a terms of
reference and Work Plan for the Participation and Engagement Task MI
Group. Marcia had put together a draft TOR to enable the group to have
a basis for further discussion.
3.2 The updated draft of the Terms of Reference is included with these ALL
minutes and Mark requested group members to feedback any comments
to him by 1st June so that these be ratified at the next meeting.
3.3 As a member of the RCSCB Mark will Chair this Task Group and Marcia MG
will take the minutes and ensure administration of the group. MI
4.1 It was noted that there was poor attendance at today’s meeting and no MG
apologies apart from Helen Stanforth. Mark to contact members and
clarify that they are aware they have been nominated as members of the
There was general discussion on increasing the membership of the group
as required to meet the workplan.
4.2. Mark to contact the following people to invite them to become members MG
of the Task Group or to send an appropriate representative:
John Lambert, Vulnerable Children Team Manager
Pete Davies, CP Officer , Education
Nicola Hall, Family Information Service
Emma Thomas, PCT
Laurence Mcanelly, The Junction
Helen Williams, Cleveland Fire Service
Plus someone from Community Safety and Neighbourhood Management
5.1 Marcia updated the group on the development of a Junior Safeguarding
Board which is called Safe4Us. The group have just entered a
development phase after an initial pilot which was very successful and
which is undergoing an external evaluation process.
5.2 Marcia gave the Task Group information on some of the work that the
young people are doing including analysing questionnaires from
schoolchildren on whether they feel safe in school and their local
5.3 Mark explained that the P and E task group would be taking on oversight
of the Safe4Us group which would include close links with the young
people where possible.
5.5 Marcia informed the Task group that Karen McGarrity was on the
steering group for safe4Us whilst she and Helen facilitated sessions. The
NSPCC had offered some additional capacity in a worker who could
attend once a month and that the Youth Service had also agreed to a
sessional staff member becoming involved with Safe4Us.
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5.6 Marcia also told the group that due to some of the older member’s exam
and University commitments there was a need to expand membership of
the Safe4Us group and this is something the young people were looking
6. WORK PLAN 2010 – 2011
6.1 Mark reiterated that the workplan should be informed by the Terms of
Reference and the RCSCB priorities but have very specific tasks
assigned to a named lead person.
6.2 There was discussion on what should be in the workplan and Marcia ALL
agreed to put what had been agreed into a draft format for consideration
at the next meeting. Please see attached workplan.
7. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
8.1 The next Participation and Engagement Task Group will take place on
Friday 11th June, 1pm at Redcar Youth Centre, Coatham Road, Redcar.
R&C SCB development Officer
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