October 2018 newsletter

Quarterly news and information - October 2018.

Key points from the board meeting on 21 September 2018

Updated statutory guidance on inter-agency working

Statutory guidance on inter-agency working was updated in July 2018. Working Together to Safeguard Children provides guidance to all organisations working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. All organisations and practitioners should ensure they are familiar with the guidance.

We've also produced a one page summary of the changes which are attached to our policies and procedures.

New multi-agency safeguarding arrangements

We've endorsed a proposal to move to new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements by becoming a joint Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership.

Work will take place in the coming months to set up the new arrangements and ensure they are effective in enabling agencies to work together to safeguard children and support them to achieve the best outcomes.

A plan will be published by June 2019 and the arrangements will be in place by September 2019. We will keep you informed as this develops.

The board received an update about the early help review which is currently being conducted by Derbyshire County Council. This is substantial review of current provision – all practitioners are invited to participate, and to encourage families you are working with to contribute.

View the early help review consultation.

Please ensure all responses are submitted by 22 October 2018.

Early help

Early help will be considered at every board meeting for the foreseeable future, in recognition of the role that all organisations have to play in ensuring emerging needs are identified early and children and families receive help they need at the right time.

Serious case reviews and serious incident learning reviews

Please ensure that your knowledge around serious incident learning reviews (SILRs) and serious case reviews (SCRs) is up to date.

View the latest serious case review briefing notes.

Information regarding learning from case reviews is available from the NSPCC.

Training programme

The training programme for the period October to March 2018 is now available.

View our training programme.

Policies and procedures

DSCB policies and procedures were updated in July 2018. This update included a new procedure on honour based abuse and violence as well as amendments to the following procedures:

  • forced marriage
  • managing Individuals who pose a risk of harm to children

View a list of the policy and procedure amendments or you can register for safeguarding policy and procedure updates.

We want to promote the importance of using the CSE toolkit with practice. Please make time to review this important document in the documents library.

Future newsletters

If you have information or news that you would like to share via the newsletter, please email ella.boulton@derbyshire.gov.uk

The deadline for the next bulletin is 21 December 2018.