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Croydon Safeguarding Children Board 

Newsletter October 2015


In this Issue
  • Message from Independent Chair:Catherine Doran
  • CSCB Annual Review
  • Croydon CCG FGM project
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
    • Congress Review
    • CSE Protocol
    • New National CSE Service for YP
  • Croydon Missing service
  • Escalation Policy
  • Key Messages from Case File Audits
  • Training and Events including:
    • New Booking System for Training
    • Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Conference
    • Annual Modern Slavery Conference
    • Upcoming Training Events

Message from Chair

I hope you all managed to get a good break over the summer. Last year was very busy. I hope you have a chance to read and comment on our draft annual plan (it's on the website). It goes to board this month for approval. Thank you all for your support during my first year as board chair and I know how committed you all are and will work hard  next year to build on the stronger foundations, now in place.
Our biggest challenge as a partnership is intervening early enough when a child, young person or their family is in need of  support and help. We have strong evidence now that this area of practice is getting slightly better. However, it needs to improve significantly and at a much quicker pace.

Its key the work of schools, health services, children's centres, voluntary bodies, adult services, early help services and social care to evidence early support and interventions and to use the Early Help Assessment tool and step-down processes. They need to be working together locally, delivering support through a  team around the child approach.

We know this is a challenge nationally, but it’s a significant challenge in Croydon. The board is going to facilitate more focused work across the partnership in this area.

We will be holding another conference early this year, hopefully shortly after Christmas. We look at best national practice and what is it in our overall “system”  that needs to change to improve our work locally. We know that there is evidence of good work on a single-agency basis but communication and working together is an issue across all of the  partnership.

This must be our top priority, as the lack of it is having serious consequences for our children's lives in Croydon.

Please make it your top priority to pick up the phone, email, talk, meet and work together to build “a team around the child" approach. If you're involved with a child who needs support and help, think who else needs to be part of this assessment and intervention.

Catherine Doran
Independent Chair


CSCB Annual Review 2014/15

The CSCB Annual Review is now available on the CSCB website. If you would like to provide any feedback on the report please do so by 14 October. To review the document, please visit Croydon Safeguarding Children's Board website. 
Croydon CCG Female Genital Mutilation Project 

Croydon CCG have taken the lead in investing in an exciting new 12-month FGM Project, put in place to :
  • scope and map the prevalence of FGM in Croydon;
  • improve outcomes for women and children affected by FGM;
  • reduce and prevent FGM prevalence in Croydon;
  • improve multi agency response to FGM in Croydon; and
  • engage with professionals and communities on FGM to effect positive change in Croydon.
To find out more click here
Child Sexual Exploitation
Croydon Congress: Child Sexual Exploitation
Thursday 26 November from 9am-2pm

The theme of Croydon Local Strategic Partnership’s next Croydon Congress is child sexual exploitation and the aim is to raise awareness and develop actions to prevent and disrupt it from happening to young people in our borough. Devoting Croydon Congress to this is part of the council’s work to change attitudes and behaviours of people and organisations in the borough and to better equip professionals and the community to take an active role to protect young people.
To find out more visit CSCB website
Child Sexual Exploitation Protocol 

A multi-agency guidance outlining the local procedures for safeguarding children and young people who are at risk of or experiencing child sexual exploitation in the London Borough of Croydon. These procedures aim to prevent and protect children and young people from sexual exploitation and wherever possible prosecute those who are perpetrators of child sexual exploitation. Full guidance is available on the CSCB website. 

Briefing sessions are also being run to raise awareness of the guidance, the key messages and the referral process. Click here to learn more and book onto a session

A new national service to report concerns about child sexual exploitation and to help young people understand and recognise the warning signs

For more information visit 
Croydon Missing Service

Croydon has a high volume of missing young people, to tackle this issue a partnership project has been set up between Croydon Council, Safer London and the NSPCC to support children and young people who go missing. The project provides return home interviews for all children under 18 who are reported missing, 1:1 support and advocacy for young people aged 11 – 18 years,  along with consultation and support for professionals and parents/carers.The Missing Project will also be carrying out targeted education programmes in schools and training around the issue for professionals. Click here to find out more about the Missing Project
Escalation Policy

Occasionally situations arise when workers within one agency feel that the decisions made by a worker from another agency on a child protection or child-in-need case is not a safe decision. Problem-resolution is an integral part of professional cooperation and joint working to safeguard children.

All agencies must work together in the interest of the child and it is recognised that at times there are differences of opinion on how to progress a case.

This escalation policy seeks to identify how resolution can be sought where there are differences of opinion.
Key Messages from Case File Audits
A series of case file and thematic audits, findings from local and national serious case reviews, research, the views of children, families, social workers and the multi-agency network plus key performance indicators inform us that multi-agency safeguarding practice in Croydon needs to develop in the following areas: 
  1. Good practice – our quality assurance activities demonstrate that professionals are working hard in complex situations to improve the lives of our most vulnerable children.
  2. Earlier identification – As a multi-agency partnership we need to identify need earlier and intervene earlier.
  3. Early help assessment – We need to record our work in an early help assessment.
  4. Earlier joint work – We need to better evidence the Step Up and Step Down process, professionals need to commit to the ‘lead professional’ function and ‘the team around the child’ process.
  5. Joint assessments and joint care planning – All agencies need to improve how they jointly assess and jointly intervene to improve children’s outcomes
  6. Fathers  - All agencies need to need to identify and engage fathers
  7. Pre-Birth Assessments - Increase the numbers of pre-birth assessments and pre-birth child protection procedures.
  8. Communication – All agencies need to improve how they work together and communicate with one another and improve how we record our joint work.
  9. Quality of Referrals – All agencies need to improve the quality of referrals into Mash and follow up on those referrals if necessary
  10. Missing children and children subject to child sexual exploitation – All practitioners need to improve their awareness of indicators of child sexual exploitation and identify when children are at risk of going missing. We need to persist and try alternative methods to engage with vulnerable adolescence.  
What next?
If you require support in these areas please contact the learning and development team at who will arrange specific training. If you are interested in hearing more about the quality of practice, contact Gavin Swann in safeguarding and quality assurance at
Training and Events
How to book on to training is changing

During the next few weeks, look out for information about changes in how you book on to safeguarding training.
Soon you will be able to see all early help and safeguarding training in one easy to view place, from there you will be able to select, book yourself on to training, submit feedback and receive attendance certificates.
The new system will be accessible via Croydon Council Website, where you’ll be able to log-in using ‘My Account’. You can create your ‘My Account’ by following the registration instructions shown on the Council’s website.
Please remember to use your work email address; only organisational email addresses will be used to book onto training. 
Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Seminar 10 December 

Hold the date  10 December Croydon CCG is offering a free morning seminar on capacity consent and deprivation of liberty relating to young people. This session is led by a legal company and will explore issues of capacity for CYP, particularly in relation to 16- and 17-year-olds application of the Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act and implications relating to deprivation of liberty following the 2014 Supreme Court judgement referred to as 'Cheshire West'. The conference will be of interest to a range of practitioners, clinicians and commissioners working with young people including looked-after children; CAMHS;  LD transitions; early-onset psychosis services; community paediatricians; special schools.
Details on applying will be sent out shortly for further information, contact 
Annual Modern Slavery Conference 

The annual half-day conference on the prevention of modern slavery will be held on 12 November.

Hear about the most recent developments, such as the Modern Slavery Act 2015, UK modern slavery strategy and from guest speakers including:
  • Kevin Hyland, UK anti-slavery commissioner
  • Hannah Scott, Barnardo's child trafficking advocacy service 
  • Chiara Gnoli, International Organisation for Migration
and many more.

An important event for local authority practitioners, police, GPs/NHS staff, UKVI, NGOs, churches, faith and community organisations, third sector and voluntary organisations. 

To find out and how to reserve your space click here
Upcoming training and events  
CSCB website
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