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Local Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report 2017 – 18

The LSCB Annual Report for 2017 – 18  is now available to read HERE!

It summaries how the Board, and our partners, have worked together between 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in our city.

You can read the full report, or if you are more interested in certain topics, click the relevant headings below.

 

Achievements 
  • We have held six briefings in the last year, reaching over 100 frontline practitioners and their line managers. Through these sessions we have promoted the purpose and work of the board and focused on sharing the learning themes from our serious care reviews and our multi-agency audit work.
  • There continues to be a strong focus on understanding the picture of child sexual exploitation locally and an increasing focus on prevention.
  • A Multi-Agency Child Sexual Abuse Strategy and action plan and Neglect Strategy has been developed.
  • As a result of LSCB audit work a Multi-Agency Child Neglect Consultation Group has been established which offers a reflective space to practitioners and their managers to bring complex and stuck cases where neglect of children is considered to be a primary issue.
  • Through the work of the LSCB there are now more effective communication channels in place when children are placed out of county (this relates to both Children’s Social Work and Police)
  • The LSCB has influenced to ensure that strategic and operational responses to sexual harm and violence are informed by voices of children who have experienced this type of abuse.
  • We have revised the LSCB Threshold Document and Early Help strategy to ensure it is more accessible for practitioners.
  •  We have agreed a strategy on Whole Family Working – A Strategy for Early Help which recognises that all partners share responsibility for intervening as early as possible.
  • The Board has satisfied itself that processes in Brighton & Hove follow national Chanel Panel guidelines.

Challenges 
  • For the second year in a row we have struggled to implement the Quality of Care Tool. This is an assessment tool that supports practitioners in neglect cases where there is drift and delay to identify action required. This is a national licenced product which cannot be viewed until purchased. We have been trying to work with the provider to ensure this is fit for local purpose before purchase.
  • As reported last year we have still not be able to locally implement Operation Encompass.
  • Whilst we have made some efforts to ensure that all partners are listening to the voices of children and young people and their families, and are achieving a positive impact on children’s lives as a result of their own quality assurance processes, this focus needs to remain a priority.
  • Management information from key safeguarding agencies still needs to be embedded.
  • The LSCB hasn’t fulfilled its aims of better engaging with Brighton & Hove’s children’s and young people’s forums to review how the voice of the child should be better integrated into the work of the LSCB.
  • Due to a number of public facing campaigns already being developed by partners in the City, we were not able to run the city – wide campaign highlighting the risks of all forms of exploitation and on-line grooming of children that we had planned this year.