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Safeguarding children and young people: a national perspective Jeanette Pugh. Director, Safeguarding Group. Overview. The Governments ambition The challenge Setting the agenda Staying Safe Action Plan A new Public Service Agreement Strengthening the framework - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Safeguarding children and young people: a national perspective

    Jeanette Pugh

    Director, Safeguarding Group

  • Overview

    The Governments ambitionThe challengeSetting the agendaStaying Safe Action PlanA new Public Service AgreementStrengthening the frameworkLocal Safeguarding Children BoardsChild Death Reviews & Serious Case Reviews

  • Safety is fundamentalEvery child deserves to be safe and loved and have a healthy and happy childhood, free from harm. Ed Balls,18 July 2007

    Safety is fundamental if children are not safe, they cannot be happy, healthy, achieve, or reach their full potential.Ed Balls, 5 February 2008

  • Ambition for safeguarding

    Everyone taking responsibilityA focus on prevention and early interventionClear accountability, decision making, planningEffective local services co-ordinated by LSCBsMeasurable improvement in outcomesStaying safe as well as child protectionStriking the right balance

  • The challengeSafeguarding every child and young personTackling childrens safety in the round Maintaining a child-centred approachJoining up different servicesWorking across communities, faith groups, sectors, backgroundsMaking a practical reality of `making safeguarding children everyones responsibility

  • Setting the agendaChildrens Plan, December 2007 a vision for 2020Staying Safe consultation July 2007 leading to the Staying Safe Action Plan February 2008 a comprehensive cross-Government programme of action spanning every aspect of childrens safetyA new Public Service Agreement to improve children and young peoples safety setting indicators and deliverables over the CSR period 2008-2011

  • Staying Safe: from consultation action plan

  • Staying Safe: consultationCross-Government commitment to improving the safety of all children and young people

    Re-balancing the debate

    Today we launch our consultation on Staying Safe the start of a very important debate about what we all need to do parents, politicians, employers, practitioners, children and young people to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every child.Ed Balls, 18 July 2007

  • Staying Safe consultation: purposeRaise awareness of importance of safeguarding children and young people and encourage wider debate around safeguarding as everyones responsibility Promote better understanding of safeguarding issues, and start to change behaviour towards children and young people, and their safety and welfareEnsure work in this area is coherent and effectively co-ordinated across Government to maximise the impact on outcomes for children and young peopleReinforce existing activity with new commitments in each area of the safeguarding framework (universal, targeted and responsive) to plug gaps or improve linkages

  • Staying Safe consultation: process18 July to 31 October 2007

    Over 1,000 written and online responses from parents, practitioners, the general public and children and young people. Most were from children and young people themselves

    8 regional events held for practitioners and 18 discussion groups with parents, children and young people and the general public

    Discussion groups with particular groups, including recent immigrant arrivals, children and young people with SEN and parents with problems that impact on children

  • Staying Safe: from consultation action plan

  • Staying Safe: Action PlanLaunched 5 February 2008. Builds on existing frameworks and policies and the Childrens Plan (chapter 2 `Safe and Sound)

    Comprehensive cross-Government programme of work covering every aspect of childrens safety abuse and maltreatment, bullying, crime and anti-social behaviour, prevention of accidents, and ensuring children and young people have a secure home environment

    Underpinned by the PSA Delivery Agreement

    The Action Plan can be downloaded from

  • Staying Safe: Action PlanKey messages

    Keeping children and young people safe is everyones responsibility

    In many ways children and young people are safer than previous generations, but there are new risks and challenges

    It is important to strike a balance between protecting children and young people and allowing them to explore and learn about risks for themselves

  • Staying Safe: Action PlanCommitments

    Wide range of commitments, including new announcements to: set up a National Safeguarding Unit for the Third Sector to provide advice and assistance to all third sector organisations establish a Child Safety Education Coalition so that more children have access to fun and practical safety educationlaunch a major new communications campaign on children and young peoples safetyfund a new home safety equipment scheme targeted at deprived families totalling 18 million over three yearsFull set of commitments in Annex B of the Action Plan

  • Public Service Agreement to improve children and young peoples safety (PSA 13)

    Measured by 4 indicators:Percentage of children who have experienced bullyingPercentage of children referred to childrens social care who received an initial assessment within 7 working daysHospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries to children and young peoplePreventable child deaths as recorded through child death review panel processes

    Delivery Agreement published on HMT website April 2008

    Will ensure that delivery of the Action Plan is effectively monitored to drive improvements in children and young peoples safety

  • Strengthening the framework for safeguarding

    Children Act 2004 new framework of roles and duties; LSCBsWorking Together to Safeguard Children (April 2006)S11 guidance on safeguarding and promoting welfare of children (updated March 2007)Safeguarding against abuse linked to belief in spirit possession (May 2007)Safeguarding children and young people who may have been trafficked (joint with HO, December 2007) Guidance on Safeguarding Children Involved in Prostitution (2000) - being extended and updatedSafeguarding Children in whom illness is fabricated or induced (2008) Guidance on safeguarding disabled children plannedSafeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 a safe workforce

  • Local Safeguarding Children Boards Encouraging early progress:LSCBs have given safeguarding a new energyStatutory basis is raising profile and ownership of safeguarding across agenciesImproving understanding about wider safeguarding agenda

    Latest Ofsted LSCB survey (10 March 2008):More independent Chairs than previouslyLead Members better informed about the LSCBs and safeguarding, and good examples of scrutiny Focus shifting from child protection to wider safeguarding agendaWhere SCRs are well established, LSCBs demonstrating contribution to improvements in practice.

  • Local Safeguarding Children Boards Continuing challenges:

    Accountability relationshipsEngagement of some LSCB partnersLocal service reconfiguration and reorganisation can undermine the consistency and quality of agency representation at some LSCBsPerformance and quality improvement, including SCRsOngoing variation in resources allocated to LSCBs across the country and within regions

  • Current work to support LSCBsGathering exemplars of effective local practiceDeveloping a self-improvement tool for LSCBs Second successful national event held 19 March 2008 Drawing up further guidance for LSCBs, based on effective local practice (to provide national advice on how they can deal with some of the challenges they have identified)Focus on improving effectiveness, learning from SCRs, setting up Child Death Review Panels

  • Child Death Reviews

    Requirement for LSCBs across England from April 2008 to review the deaths of children in their area

    Child Death Overview Panels set up by Local Authority; function of LSCB to ensure investigations carried out and data analysed; age range to be covered birth to under 18

    Progress:New funding over CSR period 2008-9 to 2010-11: 22 million for Local Authorities and 30 million for health bodies Familiarisation DVD produced Why Jason DiedRegional seminars held November/December 2007Multi-agency training resourcesDevelopment of common data set for LSCBs to use

  • Serious Case Reviews

    Biennial Overview Reports published on 31 January covering 2001-2003 and 2003-2005. Key messages:the need to develop a much stronger learning culturethe vulnerability of older children and disabled childrenhow family difficulties, e.g. domestic abuse, mental ill health, can pose a major challenge for service providersthe importance of early identification and intervention, and seeking the views of the child Importance of effective communication between agencies the potential for greater collaboration between LSCBs regionally and between adult and childrens services

  • Learning from Serious Case ReviewsI see it as critical to our ambitions to safeguard and promote childrens welfare that LSCBs are highly effective learning organisations which routinely learn from each other and take every opportunity to influence policies and practices which will better safeguard children.

    If we can raise the standard and impact of serious case reviews so that they are all at the high standards of the very best, we can have confidence that the findings from serious case reviews will make a long term, sustained difference to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Kevin Brennan, 19 February 2008

  • In summary

    Safeguarding high on the national agendaStrong cross-Government commitment through Staying Safe: Action Plan and PSA 13 building on the legislative and policy framework already in placeA national debate on childrens safety - broadening understanding and making safeguarding everyones responsibilityA focus on learning and improving. Translating national and local commitment into demonstrable, sustained improved outcomes the key challenge?

  • Safeguarding children and young people: a national perspective

    Jeanette Pugh

    Director, Safeguarding Group