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13 Analysis of Board effectiveness and areas for development in the coming year

This report is intended to reflect multi-agency safeguarding activity across South Gloucestershire, highlighting the work undertaken, areas for development and board scrutiny and challenge.

The majority of the 2014 – 15 business plan actions have been achieved and a review of the plan in October 2014 ensured a renewed impetus on those actions still outstanding. Key achievements against the plan include:

  • the development of a protocol between South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board and Safeguarding Adult Board, the Health and Wellbeing Board and the Community Partnership Board
  • Significant progress in the development of a new Board website, the portal for which is shared with the Safeguarding Adults Board
  • The development of a communications strategy shared with the Safeguarding Adults Board
  • The Resolution of Professional Differences Policy (formerly Escalation Policy) was launched
  • A change to the role of the key safeguarding trainer to free up their time to provide a quality assurance role in terms of commissioned and in-house training. In addition all providers of commissioned training now have to provide a yearly update as to how they have updated the training in the light of SCRs, new research and enquiries, etc.
  • A working group is in the process of looking at how, in addition to training feedback forms, the quality of training and its impact on practice and outcomes for children and young people can be measured
  • Leigh Zywek has introduced her role as safeguarding adviser to schools and regularly produced quarterly ‘safeguarding in schools’ newsletters. The safeguarding audit for schools has been significantly updated. It is now sent out at the beginning of the new school year, for completion before the end of November by every school, in order to analyse themes, identify shared learning needs and so on, as well as considering individual schools compliance
  • Two new lay members have been successfully recruited. They attended their first board meeting in November 2014 and have also become members of relevant sub groups

Areas for development in the coming year, some of which are included in the Business plan 2015 – 16 appendix 5, include:

  • Ensuring the LSCB is represented on the MASH development programme board and is consulted at key strategic points. Ensuring the LSCB is regularly updated with regard to the social care restructure and its implications for partners, in particular the role of FirstPoint
  • Ensuring the LSCB is regularly updated with regard to the adoption of the Signs of Safety assessment model within social care and that a comprehensive plan for involving and training partners is developed
  • Recruitment of a new independent chair of the board as the current chair’s tenure is coming to an end
  • A review of the threshold guidance and matrix to be undertaken. Ensuring involvement of key partners in this review
  • For all agencies to review how they disseminate LSCB messages, learning, policy and practice and how they ensure this reaches frontline staff.
  • Develop a Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) policy and risk assessment tool as part of the CSE strategy and action plan for multi-agency use
  • Development of children and young people friendly channels that encourage two-way communication and participation
  • Further developing our work in relation to The Public Sector Equality Duty through ensuring that performance monitoring incorporates the analysis of information and data relating to equalities groups/communities.  The aim is to ensure that particular and/or specific needs are identified and policy and practice refined where appropriate to ensure excellence in performance for all.  This directly links to the South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board Constitution
  • To ensure appropriate training and information-giving for Board members in relation to the appropriate delivery of The Public Sector Equality Duty
  • To specifically report achievements in future annual reports in relation to equalities groups/communities, thus contributing to the overall performance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area