Sharing learning from serious case
reviews in order to improve safeguarding practice is vital. We use the
recommendations from case reviews to improve safeguarding of children &
Many of the recent SCR reports identified that practitioners were unable to provide a succinct account of relevant family history and past agency contact and/or they failed to take this into consideration in their assessments.
Why is this
important? This is important because it helps to provide a context for
understanding how the past affected the present and it aids the understanding
of the ‘why and how’. Past history is the best predictor of future harm, so
chronologies are really important. What does the chronology tell us about
parental capacity to change? Assessments
forecast the future by reviewing past events. Above all else, it’s about impact
on child, so it’s important to sift through which information is relevant and
which isn’t in relation to the family history.
The NSPCC published ‘Ten pitfalls and how to avoid them’
Chronology and Case Summary Practice Guidance (July 2015) (click here)
Cumbria LSCB has an Early Help resource directory where you can find information and details about organisations and services that support children and families.
Early Help Resource Directory
The Children's Society has published a report on the links between parenting and adolescent neglect. Key findings include: neglected young people were significantly more likely to behave in ways which risked their health or jeopardised their future opportunities; teenagers who reported suffering neglect in relation to two or more categories of parenting behaviour had significantly worse levels of well-being than those who were neglected for one type of parenting in isolation.
Children's Society Report
Further information :
Troubled teens: a
study of the links between parenting and adolescent neglect
The LSCB is currently updating a number of policies and
procedures in their online procedures manual. 13 policies and procedures are
being updated these include: Child Sexual Exploitation, Children Missing from
Home or Care, Bullying, Fabricated Induced Illness, Female Genital Mutilation,
Domestic Abuse and a new procedure for Concealed Pregnancies. Updates
will go live on 23 February 2017.
Did you know you can register for alerts for when our
procedures, policies and guidance are updated? Register Now.
The Policy & Procedures Sub Group attended the November Practitioner Forums and delivered a workshop on the Working with Uncooperative Families – Disguised Compliance procedure. The group visited the forums to try and raise awareness of the online procedures manual and to also take the opportunity to meet with practitioners to help get a better understanding of any difficulties which may arise in translating policy into everyday practice. Over 100 practitioners attended these events and the group would like to say a big thank you to all those who took part.
The January forums will include a workshop on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) which will be delivered by members of the LSCB Child Sexual Exploitation & Missing from Home Sub Group.
Please support your local LSCB Practitioner Forum
More information and further dates can be found on the LSCB Website
As part of its
Learning and Improvement Strategy, the LSCB provides a series of multi-agency
safeguarding training and learning events, and opportunities which include core
safeguarding training events, specialised courses, along with briefing sessions
and conferences. Cumbria LSCB multi-agency
safeguarding training is offered free to staff and volunteers who come into
contact with children, young people and/or families.