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Annual safeguarding conference 2017

WSCB Annual Conference 2017

Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board's annual conference this year is on 'Safeguarding Young People is Everybody's Business: Prevention and Intervention in Knife Crime'.

  • Date: Wednesday 13 December 2017
  • Time: 9.15am to 7pm

Log in to TDP to request a place.

New crackdown on child groomers comes into force

On 3 April 2017, section 67 of the Serious Crime Act (2015) came into force making it a criminal offence for anyone aged 18 or over to intentionally communicate with a child under 16, where the person acts for a sexual purpose and the communication is sexual or intended to elicit a sexual response. The offence applies to online and offline communication, including social media, e-mail, texts and letters.

Update to the London Child Protection Procedures

The London Child Protection Procedures were updated on Friday, 31 March 2017.

The London Child Protection Procedures are now updated every 6 months on 30 September and 31 March of each year. The ‘Archives and Amendments’ tab allows you to view the changes that were made at each update. Where significant changes are made they will be highlighted on the front page. You are also able to register on the website for updates regarding the procedures and we would encourage you to do so.

The front page has a link to a pdf to the updated Part A: Core Procedures. This will be watermarked to expire at the time of the next update. It is produced to be easily printed by professionals and volunteers who don’t have ready access to computers and hence aren’t able to view the procedures online in their day-to-day work. Part B isn’t produced as a pdf because it is intended to be used when there is a specific concern, such as a child at risk of sexual exploitation, hence it is not envisaged that Part B will be required in its entirety but that chapters will be read on an ‘as and when needed’ basis.

The Editorial Board of the London Child Protection Procedures oversees the updating and development of the Procedures. Members include representatives from children’s social care, local safeguarding children boards, health and the police. 

Child Sexual Exploitation - important guidance issued by the government

New statutory guidance on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) was issued on 16 February 2017.

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 2017

18 March each year is National CSE Awareness Day

Section 11 of Children Act 2004 Safeguarding Self-Assessment Audit 2017 

The WSCB partners completed another annual Section 11 Self-Assessment Audit this year. We’d like to thank all the staff that took part in completing the questionnaire again this year. Section 11 (4) of the Children Act 2004 places a statutory requirement on organisations and individuals to ensure they have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. 

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 states that one of the key functions of a Local Safeguarding Children Board is “monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of what is done by the authority and their Board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advising them on ways to improve”. The WSCB discharges this function by carrying out a Section 11 assessment on an annual basis. A new online process was piloted this year in response to requests from partners to ease the burden of managing high number of paper forms. 4,811 practitioner responses were received for the survey sent out in January 2017. In May 2017, a Strategic Questionnaire was also sent to all agencies asking for a self-assessment of safeguarding practice under each of the eight standards of Section 11 and to provide executive level signoff of that statement. This runs concurrently and complements the practitioners’ survey. 76 agencies responded to this survey. 

The S11 audit process was concluded over the summer period with challenge conversations with key agencies as part of this process. This ensures that there is learning for those agencies about key messages for their organisation but also feedback to the Board about the process and other issues. A focus of this year’s S11 audit was on staff across all agencies understanding of the referral process, thresholds, MASH and the LADO process. The key finding from the S11 process was that staff surveyed were aware when they needed to raise concerns with their safeguarding lead and when to refer children, and who to speak to if they had concerns about a colleague. 

Download the full S.11 Audit Report 2017.

Newsletters

You can find the Wandsworth Safeguarding Board Newsletters, Parental Substance misuse and Disabled Children's Register newsletters, in our downloads section.

If you have any questions, or wish to request a previous edition not available on our site then please call the WCSB administrator on 020 8871 7401. 

Other information

Wandsworth Borough Council have just launched a new database of activities, events and educational opportunities for young people and children taking place in and around Wandsworth on their website.

You can search the database by category or even find activities on the dates which you're interested in.

Check Wandsworth's offer by visiting Young people's organised activities.

Safeguarding specific events are available by visiting Safeguarding events calendar.

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Wandsworth
Safeguarding Children Board

Independent Chair:
Nicky Pace

Business Manager:
Kaied Ghiyatha