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,
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.
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
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:
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
an expectation on schools and other relevant agencies to cooperate with the new
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.
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
The updated ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ document
from DfE is available to view here.
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.
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
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
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.