Latest News from the ESCB - June 2015


Hello from the Chair

Last Tuesday I chaired the most recent ESCB Board meeting and going forward I have committed to sharing the top few messages from each Board meeting. You can read these key messages on the website.

This month we have also come to the end of this round of practitioner forums. As always I found these sessions so valuable in hearing from professionals on the front line. In particular we have discussed practitioners concerns about the level and application of thresholds and this is something I intend to raise within the Board .I have received some very helpful illustrations of the way in which localities are approaching Hidden Harm which I intend will influence the way in which strategies are developed in Essex. I have also listened to your concerns about CAMHS and have already written to commissioners asking that they take comments into account in launching the newly commissioned service, especially in relation to access and suitability. We will be summarising the current round of forum meetings very soon and circulating details.

I would encourage you all to stay in touch via social media Facebook and Twitter, where many of our campaigns and resources are promoted. And just a reminder that if you want any information, events or examples of good practice and case studies promoted through the ESCB bulletin please send these to

Child Neglect – The Invisible Abuse

Teddy bear - neglect

Now taking bookings for our annual conference on 12th November 2015. Following our tried and tested formula of keynote speaker and real-life experience, this year offers delegates the chance to attend three workshops to gain even more knowledge on the subject matter. See the flyer for more details and you can book your place using this link.

CDR Development Day

Hand holding - CDR

A really informative session was held last week with presentations and discussions from Child Bereavement UK, CAPT, Little Havens and Essex Coroner. Practitioners came away with a refreshed understanding of the child death review referral process and better equipped to help bereaved parents. Read more on the website.

Training update


Updates to our training schedule continue so keep checking the brochure for the updated courses and dates including child protection conference, core group and child in need training.


Water Safety resources

Water Safety

A reminder this month, as the weather warms up, to continue to promote water safety, particularly at home in the garden. Our resources can be downloaded at Or get in touch if you’d like us to send you some. The campaign can be followed on Twitter #splashsafely.

Other News

SCR workshops

The ESCB has recently completed a serious case review, which although we are not currently able to publish for legal reasons, we can begin to take learning themes from the review. Workshops are being developed and dates for these will be published shortly on the website. When we are able to publish the review there will be further learning and development tools available on the ESCB website.

E-Safety Policy

Partners are encouraged to look at the new ESCB e-safety Policy. This policy needs to be read in conjunction with the SET procedures and it is envisaged, that this document will provide a framework for partner agencies.

Board Induction Pack

Following feedback at a recent development day, a board induction pack is now available for new board members. The pack sets out key information about the board, the structure and sub-committees as well as relevant governance information. This pack may also be useful for practitioners and members of sub-committees.

NSPCC share aware campaign update

Materials to help parents keep their children safe online available on the NSPCC Share Aware page. Net Aware is a great resource to keep up to date on the latest sites, apps and games.