CSW Act and Review of LSCBs
CHANGES and IMPACTS of the CHILDREN and SOCIAL WORK ACT 2017
In order to support members and inform our wider work with stakeholders, during 2017-2019, we will be collecting, collating and sharing local experiences and examples of how LSCBs are tackling the important changes required by the Children and Social Work Act.
We intend to do this in the following ways:
- Promoting the sharing of experience, and examples
- Regularly offering members the opportunity to update and share
- Looking at some of the key learning, challenges and issues so that these can feed into and inform the wider dialogue
- Actively looking for partners to support a wider research based approach
As a result of our first survey of members in May, and subsequent follow up, we are grateful for some of the “stories” and examples from the small number of LSCBs and Chairs who have started to explore new options. These are outlined in our ‘Early Adopters’ section.
AILC’s survey in May also told us, that for many LSCBs, thinking and discussion was still at an early stage, understandably not least as the consultation regarding the future shape and content of a revised ‘Working Together’ has yet to start. We are also ensuring sure that news of developments, regarding the discussions taking place for CDOP and SCR’s, is being shared via the website and newsletters.
In this first phase, our focus is on encouraging members to share and submit their stories and examples, in order to help build a picture of local responses to the Children Act.
This, along with our planned second survey and the conference in November, will give form to our second phase, which will start to pull out some of the emerging themes, challenges, models and approach to structure and functions.
We already know that the Act places certain requirements and expectations on three key partners, and expects the current responsibilities to continue to be met. The future of the chair role is not yet clear, and as ever this means that chairs from their current perspective will need to exercise some key judgements as to keeping things going and supporting partners in considering future arrangements. This is an area we would like to focus on.
As always we seek to tread a careful line in sharing information and experience without forming judgement. We also have to take this experience and enable it to shape and inform our wider discussions and interventions as an Association, reflecting where possible an evidence and objectively based view of the different positions people and partnerships have.
We hope you will find this information helpful and we rely on you to share and be actively involved, as we add to the picture and chart developments.
This Changes and Impacts section has a number of sub-sections for you to access;
- ‘Early Adopters’ of changes – information provided by LSCBs who are making changes from 2017
- AILC's engagement with the CSW Act - including submissions, summaries and briefing reports (information for members only by sign in)
The Government commissioned a
fundamental review of LSCBs, Serious Case Reviews and CDOP arrangements
which was undertaken by Alan Wood and reported in March 2016. The
Association, together with many individual chairs and boards, made
representations to the Review and also consulted widely, gathering
evidence, surveying members views and setting out clear recommendations
for effective multi-agency safeguarding arrangements. The Association
has been able to collate considerable evidence of what is working well
in local areas, as well as identify where improvement and change may be
required. The Association’s submission to the Review is available
A general response to the Review from the Government was published in May 2016, and a number of the recommendations from the Review have been incorporated into the Children and Social Work Bill which is currently under consideration in Parliament. Our news page will carry up-to-date information about the content of the bill, the process for revising Working Together and other guidance and regulations, and the implementation of new arrangements when these are finalised. It is clear that there will be an extended period until 2018 of transition and implementation of whatever new framework is agreed by Parliament, and LSCBs must continue to undertake their work to co-ordinate, ensure co-operation and to challenge and scrutinise the safeguarding performance of all partners.
In January, March, June and September 2016 the Association convened a series of roundtable meetings with invited representatives from all parts of the safeguarding community, including ADCS, SOLACE, LGA, the Royal Colleges, Public Health, NHS England, Police and Police and Crime Commissioners, and the inspectorates. The Department for Education and Alan Wood also attended these sessions.These have been extremely useful in exploring the risks and opportunities involved in reforming safeguarding arrangements. The Department for Education is now starting its own process of discussion with stakeholders to which the Association is committed.
The Association Board has agreed as set of key proposition to serve as a framework for national and local responses to these changes. The Annual Conference in November 2017 debated these issues and set out a clear strategy for both leading and adapting to these changes at local, regional and national levels.