ESCB Bulletin - June 2016


New ESCB Chair Recruited

Phil Picton has been appointed as the new Independent Chair of the Essex Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults Boards.

Phil brings considerable experience to the role as a leader in the public sector with strategic board roles in safeguarding, health and the policing sectors. He has previously chaired safeguarding boards in three local authorities – Hertfordshire, Slough and Central Bedfordshire and was a member of the senior strategic board in the Police Force.

Phil will be starting the role over the summer and will be undertaking a handover period with Simon Hart to ensure a smooth transition. 

New ESCB Publications


Several new documents have been updated in recent weeks, these include:

Performance Management Framework 2016-17 - sets out the commitment and key performance elements of the Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) and is endorsed by all Board Members.

ESCB Constitution 2016 – constitution updated to include new structures and terms of reference.

Board Induction Pack 2016 – a useful short guide for those new to the Board and after a quick introduction.

These can all be found on the About Us page of the website.

Family Operations Hub Directory of Services


Family Operations Hub Directory of Services available to download on the Family Solutions website. Also available on the ESCB website under the ‘Concerns about the welfare of a child’ page.

Wood Report into LSCBs 2

As many of you may have seen, the government has recently published the Wood Review of the Role and Functions of Local Safeguarding Children Boards, together with the government’s response.

Some of the key points include:

  • Place a new requirement on three key partners (LA, police, health) to make arrangements for working together in a local area
  • Replace the current system of Serious Case Reviews with a system of national and local reviews
  • Put in place arrangements to transfer national oversight of Child Death Overview Panels from Dept of Education to the Dept of Health
  • Place an expectation on schools and other relevant agencies to cooperate with the new multi-agency area.
  • Remove the requirement for local areas to have LSCBs with set memberships.  Key partners will take decisions around membership, and be afforded greater flexibility in developing arrangements that respond to local need and in which agencies are better invested.

To see a more detailed list please view the full story on the ESCB website.

Multi-agency statutory guidance on FGM

In April 2016 the Government released new Multi-agency statutory guidance

Keeping Children Safe in Education

The updated ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ document from DfE is available to view here.  

Children Affected by Parental Imprisonment - Resources available for practitioners from i-HOP

i-HOP have produced a set of Quality Statements for all services (universal, targeted and criminal justice) to aspire to and a Toolkit to help you self-assess your service’s work with the children of offenders. Download the i-HOP Quality Statements and Toolkit for free. Read more on the ESCB website.

New funding for safe places for people in mental health crisis

When a person is experiencing a mental health crisis they need care from healthcare professionals in the right place. Too often the only safe place available is a police cell, which can add to the person’s suffering. This £15m Government fund will help to provide health and community based places of safety to prevent vulnerable people being held in police cells.

The funding can be used to:

  • refurbish or improve existing health-based places of safety e.g. to increase capacity
  • build new places of safety
  • make existing places of safety suitable for people aged 18 and under
  • create mental health crisis cafes or places of calm
  • provide ambulance transport to places of safety (so a police car is not used)
  • provide vehicles for mobile services to respond to mental health crises in the community

Read more information.

Improving the quality and use of serious case reviews

NSPCC and Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) joint project has been working to pilot ways to:

  • improve the quality of serious case reviews
  • use the learning to improve practice.

They analysed published reviews and gathered the knowledge and practice experience of frontline staff, managers and leaders across multiple agencies. Findings are published here, sharing what has been learnt and providing practical tools to help improve the quality and use of serious case reviews.

Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report

MBRRACE – UK have recently published the Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report, January to December 2014.

Water Safety – WALK through our top tips

A reminder this month, as the weather warms up, to follow our water safety advice, particularly at home in the garden.

Walk the boundaries

Avoid tripping hazards

Learn to swim

Keep watching

Our resources can be downloaded on the website. Or get in touch if you’d like us to send you some. The campaign can be followed on Twitter #splashsafely.

The dangers of bed sharing

Baby deaths attributed to bed sharing remains a concern, so once again we are re-enforcing the Safer Sleep guidance from Lullaby Trust. As well as bed sharing it highlights the dangers of inappropriate sleeping conditions, including old or damaged mattresses, and not adopting the feet to foot position. Find out more about Safer Sleeping here.