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Safeguarding Children: Effective Collaboration for Child Protection and Wellbeing

May 11 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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“If we want to achieve a safer system to protect children, we must create the environment in which better skilled practitioners can practise and get on with the work of protecting children.” (Wood Report: Review of the role and functions of Local Safeguarding Children Boards, 2016)

small-child-safeguarding-003The recommendations stressed in the 2016 Wood report pave the way for a fundamental reform of the system for protecting and safeguarding children. A new, more effective statutory framework sets out strategic multi-agency arrangements to ensure services are coordinated across a spectrum encompassing child protection, safeguarding and wellbeing. The key focus is to deliver a more effective model of multi-agency working across health services, the police and local government and to ensure all agencies are fully committed. Other vital partners such as the voluntary and community sector, schools, probation, the courts, and Cafcass also play very important roles in protecting children. More complex issues of safeguarding such as trafficking children, child sexual abuse and exploitation, and radicalisation and extremism, may often require a broader, community-wide response.

The reforms are being proposed at a time of unprecedented growth in demand for services to protect children and, at a time of austerity, increasing pressure on the resources to meet that need. Department for Education’s Children in Need Census data shows that in 2014-15 over 400,000 children identified as in need of support with over 62,000 children subject to a Child Protection plan. Since 2009-10 there has been an almost 80% increase in section 47 enquiries and a 27% increase in children with Child Protection plans. These figures have been compounded by high profile cases of historical allegations of child sexual abuse in institutions. The recent inquiry into child abuse in football has seen a total of over 100 referrals spanning all tiers of the national game.

All agencies that work or come into contact with children have a responsibility to ensure safeguarding procedures are in place to protect them from harm. This conference aims to help all services and agencies on their journey to be better coordinated and inform practitioners how to create a safer, more consistent approach to protecting and safeguarding children and young people.

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The Government has accepted the Wood report’s recommendations and will publish a new statutory framework for multi-agency safeguarding procedures. The framework aims to support practice leaders to develop and deliver a national system for protecting children that rewards initiative and innovation and ensures a focus on improving service outcomes.

Police services have a leading role in safeguarding (gangs and youth violence, extremism-radicalisation, domestic and sexual violence). The Wood report highlighted that for police services multi-agency arrangements were too bureaucratic and required substantial demands on police time to attend meetings. The breadth and complexity of issues that pose a risk and threat to children are increasing at pace becoming ever more sophisticated, covert and encompassing. How can multi-agency arrangements be improved to be more intelligence-led and identify earlier children at risk?

Local authorities have the lead agency role for child protection (interfamilial abuse, neglect and harm) and have the responsibility to ensure each and every child in its area is protected. The Wood report highlighted that there is a need to further clarify that it is the responsibility of every school, regards of status, to comply with safeguarding arrangements. Further problems centred on defining an area and its boundaries with police and health services often having to serve several LSCBs. How can local areas create an environment in which better skilled practitioners can practise and get on with the work of protecting children?

The Accountability and Assurance Framework (AAF) sets out the safeguarding roles, duties and responsibilities of all organisations commissioning NHS health and social care. The Wood report recommends greater emphasis on how local health agencies fully participate in multi-agency practice to protect and identify vulnerable children and young people. The report was critical that too often Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) agendas had a loss of focus on what key strategic issues are that need to be dealt with and the health representatives in attendance who can deal with them. How can multi-agency arrangements be reformed to ensure the collective NHS contribution can be made more effectively?

Prevention stops more intensive problems occurring by building on resilience and reducing risk factors, it relies on early, targeted action. Effective multi-agency practice should include a strategy for information and data sharing to allow for the identification of vulnerable children in need of early help. Services need to keep ahead of new threats and risks that are ever-changing and ever more complex and sophisticated at a time of reduced resources. Can decision taking be more devolved so that responsibility is at the point of actual service delivery?

All agencies that work or come into contact with children have a responsibility to ensure safeguarding procedures are in place to protect them from harm. This conference aims to help all services and agencies on their journey to be better coordinated and inform practitioners how to create a safer, more consistent approach to protecting and safeguarding children and young people.

Benefits of Attending View Programme

  • Learn more about the new statutory framework for multi-agency safeguarding procedures.
  • Practical insights into setting out strategic multi-agency arrangements to ensure services are better coordinated across a spectrum encompassing child protection, safeguarding and wellbeing.
  • Learn how services can make the key recommendations of the Wood review a reality.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to tackle more complex issues of safeguarding such as trafficking children, child sexual abuse and exploitation, and radicialisation and extortion.
  • Learn how to implement improvements to child protection procedures and how best to respond to concerns about a child.
  • An agenda designed to inform practitioners how to create a safer, more consistent approach to protecting and safeguarding children and young people.
  • Explore how multi-agency arrangements can be improved to be more intelligence-led and identify earlier children at risk.
  • Learn how multi-agency arrangements can be reformed to ensure the collective NHS contribution can be more effective.
  • Practical advise on defining an area and its boundaries so services across police, health and local government can be better coordinated.
  • Advise on how to create an environment where better suited practitioners can get on with practise and protecting children.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate the very latest policies, projects and emerging models of care.
  • Share you own stories and experiences with the conference and contribute to wider thinking about safeguarding and child protection.
  • Take advantage of excellent networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities from across the public and charity sectors.
  • Gain the maximum number of 6 CPD points.

Please see Terms and Conditions.

Child Protection – Information Sharing (CP-IS) Project

CP-IS is a cross-government response to high profile child abuse cases where the sharing of information continues to be a recurring theme.

Health and social care staff need to share information to help them provide better care and earlier interventions for children who are considered vulnerable and at risk.

There are 152 local authorities and more than 1,200 unscheduled healthcare settings in England (such as emergency departments and maternity units) using more than 75 different computer systems.

CP-IS is connecting these systems and helping organisations to improve business processes so staff can share essential information about children in their care.



Phew offer a range of services that help to save safeguarding Boards time, money and resources (yes we have proof that our systems do that).

All of our tools have been built in collaboration with Boards in order to ensure they combat specific issues faced in the Safeguarding community.

The knowledge we have is what sets us aside from other providers; we understand the processes and functions that Boards have to adhere to and most importantly how every Board is different.

Services include :
• Websites
• Young People’s Microsites
• Procedures Sites
• Events Booking and Management System
• eLearning
• Online Auditing and Reporting Tool
• Communications Suite
• Procedures Content Writing
• Social Media Set Up and Management

More information on our services and solutions can be found at: https://phew.org.uk/

Virtual College

Virtual College is the UK’s number one provider of online safeguarding solutions. It first started developing online safeguarding learning resources in 2006 to provide a cost effective route to accelerate education and training around awareness of child abuse.

It has gone on to deliver safeguarding and child protection training to more than one million people and works closely with over 60 Local Safeguarding Children Boards, the statutory agencies responsible for child protection at the local level and provides e-learning courses to individuals, charities, schools, hospitals, private businesses, the police and local government.


The Signis Group

The Signis Group provides those working with children and vulnerable people with the best information, practice guidance and consulting available.

We are comprised of three well established organisations. PRICE training, offers positive behaviour support training. Reconstruct delivering specialist safeguarding and social care training and direct services for children and young people. tri.x provides online procedures that support social care and safeguarding practice.

Working together we benefit from our in-depth knowledge and experience of the social care industry. We share our customers’ aspiration to ensure that the services they provide are rooted in evidence based best practice and improve outcomes for those they work with.





Azeus Systems Ltd

Azeus Systems Ltd is an international software development house with Azeus UK Ltd our successful UK operating division. Over the course of the last 25 years the company has delivered over 200 solutions, principally to the public sector, covering health, social care, police, aviation, eCommerce and libraries in Hong Kong and Asia. Other products have reached the markets of the USA and Canada. We, at Azeus UK, are currently working with both local authorities and third-sector organisations (Charities & Hospices) in the delivery of AzeusCare, our highly configurable social care & health case management system built to meet all requirements.



Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaced the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) in 2012.

We are responsible for:
• processing requests for criminal records checks (DBS checks)
• deciding whether it is appropriate for a person to be placed on or removed from the children’s barred list and adults’ barred list for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.



Care in Mind

Care in Mind offers specialist mental health  residential care supported living placements to young people and young adults. The service came into being in response to the lack of suitable placements for those leaving inpatient and secure care settings, who required a higher level of mental health support on discharge than their families or more generic placements could offer.  We have developed an innovative service model and a reputation for high standards of care.  We have built a solid record of success in supporting young people to manage risky behaviours in the community and avoid re-admission, engaging them in meaningful therapeutic programmes that lead to lasting change, and helping them to build independent lives for the future.  We have done this by providing an intensive 24/7 clinical service staffed by psychiatrists, psychologists and nurses who are expert in working with young people with high levels of complexity and risk, their families and the residential teams caring for them.




Christina Gabbitas Children’s Author

Christina’s most recent project www.sharesomesecrets.com is a safeguarding children’s book, endorsed by children’s charities NSPCC and Barnardo’s encouraging children to speak out. Sheffield Hallam University are in the process of animating the publication to be made available for all children to view.

Christina Gabbitas is a children’s award winning author, poet, storyteller and voiceover artist. Christina is passionate about encouraging children to read and write, winning a national Dame Beryl Bainbridge Award for encouraging children (2015) and also won the Yorkshire Women of Achievement Education Award 2016.

Christina spoke live nationally on Sky News about her project, which gained support from the Education Secretary.


Lynn Perry MBE, Director of Children’s Services, Barnardo’s West

Lynn Perry JPEG (002)Lynn has worked within the voluntary sector in two large, national children’s charities for the last 16 years, holding a number of roles within their children’s services directorates. She has worked for Barnardo’s for the last 8 years, formerly as an Assistant Director and for the last 4 years as the Director of Children’s Services for the North West and North Midlands. Before joining Barnardo’s Lynn worked for The Children’s Society managing a wide variety of work across a range of Local Authorities in the North West. Lynn was the recipient of an MBE for Services to Youth Justice and worked as a Youth Offending Team Officer in York before moving into youth justice work within the voluntary sector. She is the national lead on the Emotional Health and Wellbeing work in Barnardo’s and is the regional lead on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She is a keen photographer and enjoys getting out into the Cheshire countryside in her time off.



Alan Wood CBE

Alan held the post of Director of Education in two London local authorities.

Alan was Chief Executive of The Learning Trust (TLT) which delivered all of the statutory education services provided by Hackney Council. In that period 2002-12 Education in Hackney transformed from the worst in the England to one of the highest performing and now receives national recognition for its work.

Between 2006-16 Alan was the Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services in Hackney ensuring the implementing of the nationally acclaimed model of Reclaiming Social Work. Alan was national President of the Association of Directors of Children Services (ADCS) in 2014-15.

He was appointed by the Secretary of State to be a member of the Training and Development Agency for Teachers and was a member of the Advisory Group for the Education Funding Agency. Alan was asked by the Secretary of State for Education to review the arrangements for Children Social Care in Doncaster (2013) and Birmingham (2014) and has co authored reports with Professor Sir Julian Le Grand (LSE) proposing a new model of building capacity in the children social care sector by combining the work of the statutory, commercial and voluntary sectors.

In 2015 Alan was appointed as a Commissioner in the Tower Hamlets to take responsibility for corporate governance of the council. Alan is a member of the DfE’s Innovation Investment Programme Board. In January 2016 Alan was appointed to undertake a fundamental review of Local Children Safeguarding Boards including Serious Case Reviews and Child Death Overview Panels. Subsequently the legal framework covering these areas has been amended by an Act of Parliament to implement his recommendations.

In July 2016 the Lord Chancellor & Secretary of State for Justice appointed Alan to be Chair of the Youth Custody Improvement Board and to report on the quality of the provision being made in YOIs and STCs. In August 2016 Alan was appointed by the Secretary of State to Chair an Advisory Board to the DfE on the role of local authorities in providing services to children.

Alan is a Master’s level Executive Coach and coaches and mentored successful senior executives in the public, voluntary and commercial sectors. In 2011 Alan was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to education and local government.

David Niven, Chair of two Safeguarding Children Boards, Bradford and Tameside

A former national Chair of the British Association of Social Workers. David has managed his own training and consultancy company for the last seven years and is a regular contributor in the media on safeguarding matters.

Advisor to the Department for Education’s Children’s Workforce Development Council Newly Qualified Social Workers’ pilot programme from March 2009 to December 2011. Former Chief Executive of Charity Action on Child Exploitation ( ACHE ) which was a social policy charity significant in lobbying for and being closely involved in the creation of the national Register of Offenders in the 1997 Sexual Offences Act.

He presents a regular Podcast “ Thoughts on the Social World” which is the top Social Work/Social Care Podcast in the UK with over 4000 downloads per month as well as going to over 100 countries.

Jenny Coles, Director of Children’s Services, Hertfordshire County Council

Jenny Coles Picture (002)Jenny qualified as a social worker in 1986 and has been a senior manager in Local Authority Children’s Services since 1997. She has worked extensively in children’s safeguarding, looked after children and quality assurance, and has also managed integrated youth and youth justice services. Jenny moved from Luton Borough Council to take up the post of Director of Children’s Services for Hertfordshire County Council in 2010. She is the lead DCS for Sector Led Improvement in the Eastern Region and is the chair of the ADCS Families, Communities & Young People Policy Group.




David Ashcroft, Chair, Association of Independent LSCB Chairs

David AshcroftDavid is the Chair on the Association Board for 2016-2017 (having previously been the joint Vice Chair for 2015-2016 and Regional Director for East of England).

He currently is the Independent Chair of Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board, where he is leading whole system improvement with partners. He has previously been the Chair of South Tyneside and Manchester LSCBs and is also a member and chair of other Improvement and Partnership Boards. David has worked at a senior Director level in children’s services for the past 25 years, including operational responsibility for all aspects of safeguarding and children’s social care and education in a number of local authorities. He was part of the Joint Review Team from the Audit Commission and SSI which developed the first systematic inspection regime for social care. He is an accredited specialist consultant and advisor in child protection, and an associate member of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services.

David has also been an author and chair of serious case reviews for several years, and has worked with many LSCBs using different approaches to tackle performance, governance and learning. He also undertakes other improvement, mentoring, inspection and investigation assignments in children’s services, covering social care, education and health responsibilities.

Nicola Underdown, Head of Engagement, Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing

Nicola underdownNicola’s role is to lead relationships with a range of local places, government departments, agencies and others, in order to shape effective information sharing support. This involves developing a deep understanding of the policy or local drivers of service reform, then using the lens of better information sharing to develop and implement programmes of cultural transformation.

Nicola was instrumental to the set up of the Centre, having been part of the Improving Information Sharing and Management project, which provided the evidence base to support the establishment of the Centre.

Prior to the Centre, Nicola led a national organisation for regional researchers, and was part of the team responsible for collaboration across the ten universities in the East Midlands. She has worked as an economic and regional policy adviser in Canada, and had a spell in academia. Nicola is also a visiting fellow at Newcastle University’s business school.


Anthony Douglas CBE, Chief Executive, Cafcass

Anthony DouglasSince 2004, Anthony Douglas has been Chief Executive of Cafcass, the national agency charged with articulating the voice of the child in family courts throughout England. Cafcass employs the most number of social workers of any UK organisation, responsible for 120,000 children annually. He was an economist and a journalist prior to becoming a social worker and has written 4 books on UK social care and now a fifth on ‘Resilience in transitions’. He is a Visiting Fellow of the Universities of East Anglia and Plymouth and is a member of the Family Justice Board and the Adoption Leadership Board.




Abby Dacres, Independent Training consultant, Formerly of Virtual College

Abby has 13 years’ experience of working collaboratively with the health and social care sector using technology to help improve outcomes – from e-learning to mobile apps, websites and audit tools to complement the activities of the LSCBs and other organisations who work with children and young people.

Abby was instrumental in developing the safeguarding children e-academy and national steering group who shared best practice at their quarterly meetings to inform product development.

Abby also led on the creation of free at point of use resources such as the Home Office FGM toolkit and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Forced Marriage training resource. In addition to this she was responsible for working in partnership with charities to create resources to raise awareness in parents and young people to foster improved communication between professionals and service users.


Rebecca Chaloner, Director of Health Portfolio, IICSA

Rebecca has a public sector career spanning three decades, working nationally, regionally and locally. She has held a number of senior national positions in the health sector. Rebecca’s appointments span a range of programmes including NHS Direct, the NHS Social Enterprise Unit and the establishment of NHS England. Prior to joining the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse as its Director of Health, Rebecca was Director of Governance for the independent investigation into Jimmy Savile at Leeds hospitals.

Rebecca is a Trustee of Pace, a national charity that works with parents and carers of children who are being sexually exploited.


Simon Dean, Lead Consultant, Signis

Simon has worked in education, social care and the voluntary sector for the last 17 years. Prior to his current role as a Lead Consultant at tri.x, he was responsible for the training and development of Children’s Social Workers in a busy Local Authority. He also helped design and deliver Multi-Agency Safeguarding Training for the SCB locally, a role which he continues to have involvement in.

He is passionate about helping staff to keep up-to-date on developments in the Safeguarding field and in supporting them to think how this might inform the difficult and complex work they do with the children, young people and their families.



Dr Bex Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has 20+ years of experience. Trained as a mass communications historian, writing the original history of Keep Calm and Carry On, she is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, and how this affects the third sector, especially faith organisations, voluntary organisations, and behavioural campaigns. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and is author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’ (Lion Hudson, 2014), which has been featured on The One Show, BBC News, Steve Wright in the Afternoon, and in the Daily TelegraphThe Church Times, and in many other publications.



Penny Coulthard, Programme Head, Child Protection – Information Sharing (CP-IS) Project, NHS Digital

Penny started her career in the commercial sector with senior roles at British Airways and eBay in analytics, pricing and programme management. She joined NHS Digital in June 2015 and took responsibility for the Child Protection – Information Sharing (CP-IS) project as programme head in August 2017. Outside of work she is a trustee for Age UK Bradford and District and takes a keen personal interest in joining up health, social care and the voluntary sector, and utilising digital tools to do so.





Helen Westerman, Campaigns Manager, NSPCC

Helen Westerman has been Campaigns Manager at the NSPCC for the last ten years, designing and delivering local safeguarding campaigns across the North of England in partnership with LSCBs, Local Authorities, Police and a range of voluntary sector organisations. Prior to this, Helen was Director of User and Carer Involvement at the mental health charity, Rethink.





Fiona Richards, NSPCC Regional Head of Service, Yorkshire & Humber

Fiona has worked for the NSPCC in a variety of roles for 18 years. Prior to this she had experience in local authority social work within a child protection team and in a family centre setting. She is responsible for a number of service centres across Yorkshire and Humber. Her teams provide a range of services responding to sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Fiona believes the impact of abuse is clear and is focused on reducing trauma and mitigating the risk of further abuse, which is vital to us all.

Fiona has led service developments; working with domestic abuse, drug and alcohol dependency and sexual abuse during her career at the NSPCC. Currently she leads a large management team and have external partnership relationships with a wide range of local authorities and NHS Trusts within the region.

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All organisations that come into contact with children should have specific safeguarding policies and procedures in place. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports clubs. (Reference: NSPCC)

Acute and Community Mental Health Services
Allied Health Professionals
Area Managers
Care Co-ordinators
Chief Constables
Chief Executives and Assistant Chief Executives
Child Death Overview Panel Members
Child Protection Committee Members
Clinical Commissioning Group Members
Community Safety Teams
Crown Prosecution Service Officers
Directors / Heads of Residential Children’s Homes
Directors / Heads of Nursing
Directors / Heads of Public Health
Directors / Heads of Adult Social Services
Directors / Heads of Children’s Social Services
Directors / Heads of Finance
Directors / Heads of Housing
Directors / Heads of Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH)
Disability Advisors
Early Intervention Teams
Family Support Teams
Heads of Child Protection Teams
Heads of Commissioning
Heads of Education Welfare, Behaviour and Attendance Teams
Heads of Homelessness Teams
Heads of Looked After Children Teams
Heads of Service
Heads of Strategy
Heads of Public Protection Divisions
Heads of Pupil Referral Unit Teams
Head Teachers
Health and Wellbeing Boards and Managers
Housing Associations
Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCBs) Members
Missing Persons Coordinators
Public Protection Officers
Senior Police Officers
Serious Case Review (SCR) Owners
Social Workers
Troubled Families Coordinators
Youth Justice Board members
Youth Workers

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