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Learning from Child Deaths

A Joint Conference from the Local Safeguarding Children Boards for Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth

  • Date: Wednesday 19 July
  • Time: 9.30am to 4pm.

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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

Important Survey on safeguarding children. Annual Section 11 questionnaire

All staff, volunteers and governors working with children and families in Wandsworth were asked to take the time to complete this important survey. 

Each year the Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board asks practitioners working for all agencies at the front line with children and families questions on their safeguarding practice.

It is very important that as many people as possible do the survey. Early in 2017 we used an online survey tool, Smart Survey.

It should have taken no more than 15-20 minutes to finish. The analysis of the completed questionnaires is being fed back to managers to help safeguarding leads to understand the strengths of and gaps in practitioners' knowledge. We asked to ensure that it is given to all members of staff or people who work or volunteer with your organisation.

The survey which is now closed was available by visiting http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WSCBSection112017/%20.

The deadline for completion was 10 February 2017. Late returns were accepted up to 24 February.

There was an option for staff to complete the survey on paper. A Word version of the survey was attached which could have been emailed to the WSCB at wscb@wandsworth.gov.uk or posted back to the address below.

We are currently inputting returns into the system and we encouraged as many people as possible to use the online system directly.

Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 places duties on a range of organisations and individuals to ensure their functions, and any services that they contract out to others, are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 requires the same of schools and education settings. 

This survey was to be completed by as many staff as possible in the organisation, agency, school or setting who do not have a designated safeguarding responsibility. This included receptionists, premises officials, volunteers, contracted staff, school governors, teachers, social workers, mental health workers, stakeholders, trainees, as well as any other direct employee of the organisation/ school/ setting, etc.

If you have any queries or questions, please email wscb@wandsworth.gov.uk.

Thank you for your help and support in this important part of the work of the WSCB.

Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board
The Town Hall
Wandsworth High Street
London SW18 2PU

Tel: 020 8871 7401

Annual Safeguarding Conference 2016

This year's annual conference was aimed at parents, carers, voluntary, community and faith groups and took place on Wednesday 28th September 2016 at Wandsworth Civic Suite. As parents and carers we all want to ensure that our children are well equipped to keeping themselves safe online and within the community.

The speakers on the day included NSPCC, PACE (Parents against sexual exploitation), the London Grid for Learning and a performance of 'Chelsea's Choice', a powerful drama from the Alter Ego Creative Solutions company aimed at young people about sexual exploitation. This has been seen in a number of schools in Wandsworth, supported by the WSCB. For more information visit Alter Ego Creative Solutions.

The day was very well received and evaluated.

Section 11 of Children Act 2004 Safeguarding Self-assessment Audit

The WSCB completed another S11 Self-assessment audit report, based on all the audit returns submitted by agencies working within the borough. It has again been a very successful return, with 127 agencies across the borough that submitted a S11 self-assessment audit return, as well as 84 action plans. In total 5,118 individual practitioners completed the safeguarding self-assessment audit questionnaire.

Download and read the S11 Audit report 2016. In addition, the report also includes a comparison between the audit returns and action places submitted over the last 3 years.

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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Contact Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board

020 8871 7401
wscb@wandsworth.gov.uk