WELCOME - October 2019 Newsletter
What will a good new arrangement look like?
There has been welcome clarification of the position Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI) will take in respect of MASA, (see the item below). This includes a commitment to aggregate findings from the 10 JTAI’S undertaken each year. Inspections have alway been an important, though of course selectively focused form of feedback, and have in recent years made a significant contribution to how we understand and form a view about effective safeguarding partnerships.This feedback has sat well alongside the efforts of others (including AILC) to embrace the challenge of providing some key reference points across a locally and nationally focused landscape.
The continued contribution from inspection will be helpful, but is unlikely to provide as sharp focus and driver as it previously did. This may be no bad thing, but raises a challenge as to how we can build on and arrive at a set of consistent measures for and ways of evaluating the effectiveness and contribution safeguarding partnership arrangements can make.
Under the new arrangements, statutory partners will most likely pay attention to the balance between what good looks like in terms of how this is judged against statutory functions, wider whole system considerations and activities that partnerships undertake. It remains to be seen how the new flexibilities, and therefore differences in choices and approaches, will impact on and require us to further consider how and perhaps the value of meaningful comparisons are arrived at.
The continued focus of inspection on effective leadership is also welcome, and it is interesting to note that many (perhaps in excess of 50%) of partnerships have chosen to incorporate a dedicated independent role. It will be important to better understand the different types of roles people are deploying and the relationship these have with the leadership arrangements and those for achieving effective “scrutiny”. Whilst some have retained the term and presumably some aspects of the role of “chair”, we know that others have not included this element.
There can be a tendency to form a view of arrangements on the basis of a misunderstanding that new roles are simply a continuation of a role that is no longer a requirement. It will take some time to review and understand the differences that are emerging as a result of the new freedoms to determine local choices, in terms of how the new tripartite leadership arrangements and different approaches to “scrutiny” incorporate “independent type roles”.
Successful partnership arrangements often have a strong narrative as well as well directed activity as to how they see the context for local joint working, and how this results in positive outcomes for vulnerable children and young people.
TASP is firmly committed to providing a place and a space where all concerned can share and draw on their experiences, in order to both identify common ground and to ensure that there remains an evidence based focus on “what works well and what good looks like” in the context of safeguarding partnerships.
Welcome to our Newest Members
- Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster
Currently we are still running our website through the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs site, but we are designing and building a separate website for TASP. We will announce a launch date as soon as possible. In the meantime, we have added two new pages for Police and Health, under our USEFUL RESOURCES section. These will be used to promote any content or materials that Police and Health wish to promote to our network.
Please note, our Vacancy pages are still very much in use and regularly have Independent Scrutineer posts advertised. In fact, it is reported as a strong driver for Partnerships, particularly as they are establishing new posts. If you are not currently a member, and wish to advertise, it is worth noting that this is a FREE service ot our members. Advertising is £650.00 for non-members. To view our Vacancy pages click here.
Subscription and Membership
For 2019 – 2020 the fee for joining remains at £1500 for partnerships focused on a single Local Authority area. We will be consulting with members and others during the next few months as to the future cost of membership from April 2020.
In part because we want to reflect some of the differentials that can apply, such as partnerships that cover a number of areas, or have a national focus. It is right that we should both seek to reflect some of the economies of scale that some of these partnerships seek to reflect, as well as trying to make sure that benefits are fairly accessed.
Therefore for we have introduced the following scale as a guide, for partnerships that may meet the criteria.
The baseline offer of five representatives who benefit directly from conference and event discounts, early booking and priority website access to dedicated resources, is based on the three Statutory Partners, a Business Manager role and an Independent type role. As there appears to be a number of other combinations in terms of partnerships and we are also welcoming membership from other organisations the above represents a guide and a basis of negotiation.
up to 5 representatives = £1500 (equivalent to £300 pp)
up to 10 representatives = £2500 (equivalent to £250 pp)
up to 15 representatives = £3375 (equivalent to £225 per person)
up to 20 representatives = £4000 (equivalent to £200 per person)
up to 25 representatives = £4375 (equivalent to £175 per person)
Any additional above 25 @ £50.00 per additional representative
We welcome any feedback on these rates, and any other suggestions you may have as this will help inform decisions about the future fee arrangements from April next year. Please forward these to Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have recently issued a survey asking our members to give some feedback on services. We would really appreciate Membership feedback, so if you haven't had a chance to complete it yet, we welcome your participation! We will publish summary results in November/December.
After the success of our first Advisory Group meeting, another has been arranged for 4th November 2019 - 10.00 via telephone conference. So please, if you have any free time, do let us know if you would like to join us at this meeting. Contact email@example.com and let her know.
After discussion with our advisory group we are working towards a two day conference in June 2020. We think this will be a good time for people to come together to share and look at progress, emerging learning and common issues and opportunities. More news shortly!
News from our Statutory Safeguarding Partners – Health, Police & Local Authorities
As mentioned, we have added Police and Health news to our website now and this month we have the NHS newsletter for Safeguarding Partnerships:
In this issue the following is covered:
- Facilitator Update
- The National Picture
- Sarah Elliott from the National Panel shares her perspective on Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews & Rapid Reviews
- Serious Child Safeguarding Incident Notifications
Click here for Health and here for Police.
We hope to include news, shortly, from the Local Authority perspective.
We welcome enquires about joining us, remember though we are presently mainly focused on statutory arrangements for children and young people, membership is open to any organisation that has a focus on safeguarding and partnership approaches.
Cross Partnership Collaboration and Support
important characteristic of the former LSCB arrangements were
“regional” arrangements. Based on a long gone configuration of central
government support at a regional level, mainly focused on LA’s Business
Managers and Chairs, these met regularly to share good practice, offer
peer support and work towards consistency across a wider footprint.
former AILC worked closely with these networks ensuring that a director
was elected from each region. AILC worked with and sough to support,
each network, however these usually reflected local interests, and were
not per se AILC arrangements. It is fair to say, and something to
celebrate, that in most places these flourished, resulting in some
sharing of arrangements, coordinated training and awareness raising as
well as a focus on the underpinnings of effective partnerships. There
were differences in focus and impact, and for some areas the challenge
of geography was an issue.
In the new world of safeguarding
partnerships, we understand that in some “regions” people are
maintaining their previous arrangements for networking. In other areas
new arrangements represent in themselves a closer collaboration between
partners and footprint and might suggest a move away from the previous
understanding of “regional”.
We know that the East of England,
Yorkshire and Humber are maintaining their meetings and would be
interested to hear about others. We are also happy to share news from
There can be no doubt, that especially for business
managers the opportunity to share practice and access peer support is
important, and although it is early days, the opportunity for others who
now hold a variety of independent type roles to meet and share may well
TASP will, once its governance arrangements are
fully established, consult closely with members in relation to how it
might support and draw on any continuation and development of locally
focused peer support and sharing arrangements for those roles that
underpin the new arrangements.
Please contact Frankie about where you are in your own areas, and any thoughts you have.
We regularly receive and scan for information and news that we think will be helpful for partnerships. You can often find further information on the website and we will try to signpost this whenever we can. The things we include in the newsletter are guided by direct relavance, topicality and contributions and suggestions from members and TASP supporters. Inclusion and any commentary should not be seen as a direct endorsement but rather to help you have a look and make up your own minds.
Ofsted, HMICFRS, CQC and HMI Probation
JTAIs and the New MASA Arrangements
Ofsted, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and HMI Probation jointly inspect and report on the impact of local multi-agency safeguarding arrangements on children through the joint targeted area inspection (JTAI) programme. There are up to ten JTAIs per year. These joint inspections look closely at the experiences of children and provide a rigorous assessment of the quality and impact of work in a local area. The inspectorates identify strengths and weaknesses in the practice of individual agencies: the local authority, health agencies, the police, the youth offending team, the National Probation Service and the Community Rehabilitation Companies, as well as the collective response to children.
We do not intend to amend our methodology now that the new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements (MASA) are in place. The inspectorates focus on how well leaders work together to tackle the issue identified in that specific deep dive e.g. Exploitation, domestic abuse, mental health will continue to look at how strategic arrangements help or hinder practice. We do not endorse a particular model but where there is a strength or a weakness that impacts on practice with children we will report on it. We intend to aggregate any findings about MASA. We hope that the findings from the JTAI inspections and the overview reports will provide helpful pointers to MASAs whatever their structure. The structure of MASA arrangements may influence our choice of local areas if it is pertinent to the ‘deep dive’ theme.
DfE and Department for Health and Social Care
First “State of the Nation” Report marks World Mental Health Day and is the first of its kind from the government and provides helpful insight into how we can better understand “wellbeing” and also information Friendship, school and a good night’s sleep have all been named as key factors in a young person’s happiness.
National Children's Bureau
The NCB have published their final report from the Early Adopters programme. It combines the results of their survey, interviews, and other knowledge shared over the course of the programme.
Some of the highlights are that:
- Changes to the statutory framework present a range of opportunities for innovation and improvement in local safeguarding arrangements
- In the short-term it may be necessary to focus on a limited range of improvements in implementation, but this should be part of a gradual longer term transformation plan towards improving outcomes for children and young people
- Attention should be paid to ensuring leaders in local authorities, police and health come together in equal partnership and also how partners engage other relevant agencies, including school leaders
- An agreed vision should be ambitious in terms of outcomes for children
- Collaboration across areas where there are shared priorities can allow for streamlined processes, the sharing of intelligence and may reduce duplication for the benefit of practitioners, children and young people, and their families
- Methods of scrutinising practice should be integrated throughout safeguarding arrangements
- A learning culture should be embedded into safeguarding arrangements and plans should adapt over time to emerging lessons.
You can download the report here
Children's Commissioner for England
Childhood Vulnerability in Numbers
Need, Spend, and the Millions of Children in England Who Miss Out’ report is an info graphic and includes detailed information on the spending allocated to vulnerable children, and includes:
- In a typical class of 30, six children are growing up at risk due to family circumstances
- 829,000 out of 2.3 million children are at risk due to family circumstances that are invisible to children's services
- Spending per head on pre-statutory support is £900
You may have seen this information before, but it is worth a look just for the info graphics which will most likely help partnerships to set the context when considering vulnerability and the related issues around Children in Need, and the extent to which early help approaches embrace poverty, disadvantage, wellbeing and the cross over’s with public health agendas.
Gaming the System
93 percent of children in the UK play video games, yet despite its popularity, the culture of ‘gaming’- its rules and its rituals, the varying profiles of players, the risks they face – tends to be spoken of by adults, whether they be policymakers or parents, as if it were an alien landscape.
The widespread popularity of gaming and the evolution of gaming from offline to online have raised concerns, such as children being able to talk to strangers or becoming the target of bullying. Over-exposure to video game content may have a damaging effect on the development and socialisation of young people.
A growing concern is the potential for children to be negatively affected by violent imagery and other inappropriate content. We spoke to children aged 10 to 16 to better understand what they love and what they dislike about gaming and how gaming could be improved for them.
We know that it can be difficult to keep and catch up with how children and young people experience the “virtual” parts of their lives. This report helps us to better understand how it works from a young persons’ perspective. Interestingly, it raises an important question as to why many games that involve payment, are not classed as gambling, and if they were, then this might change our approach?
Parent and Carer’s Views on Preventing Sexual Abuse
Published in September, this short research report will help with Partnership approaches to, and understanding of, what can be important in protecting disabled children from sexual abuse. Further research updates which you might find useful here, at the NSPCC Learning Library.
Research is important but can be a bit daunting – however we do find it useful to check out their website here.
Articles about the new arrangements
The LGA recently reported on the improvements being made through the "shake-up" of partnership arrangements. Download the article from our News page here.
Children & Young People Now – Oct 2019
Streamlined System Marks New Era for Safeguarding Children
A new system of local and national reviews for safeguarding children practice was rolled out at the end of September, two-and-a-half years after a review called for “significant reform”. Sir Alan Wood’s review of the role and functions of local safeguarding children boards (LSCB) highlighted inconsistencies in the ways lessons were learned from serious case reviews (SCR) and raised concerns about how responsibility – and cost – for safeguarding work was co-ordinated between key agencies. Click here to reach our NEWS page and access the full article. We are very grateful to CYPN for allowing us to share this article. For further information on CYPN, click here.
Child Death Reviews
The National Child Safeguarding Practice Panel has announced a review into sudden unexpected infant death in families where the children are considered at risk of harm. Click here to see the letter sent by Edward Timpson.
Anti-Bullying Alliance. Anti-Bullying Week - 11th to 15th November 2019. Click here to see a really interesting video.
As well as focusing on the forms abuse, neglect and exploitation takes and how this impacts on joint working responses in the present, many partnerships are also increasingly bringing into focus efforts and initiatives that potentially offer the opportunity to achieve wider shifts in how we reduce and prevent incidence. We are grateful to Norfolk SAB for sharing this article. Three Ways Childhood Trauma Affects Adulthood.
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