LSCB news and updates
Annual report and Business Plan
Our LSCB annual report for 2016-2017 is now complete. We have a statutory requirement to publish a report each year on the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements. Our report can be accessed via our website and hard copies are also sent out to our partner agency chief officers.
We've also produced a summary document which we're sending out to schools and anyone else who wants a copy, just let us know.
The 2017-2018 action plan for our Business Plan is also now available.
We have updated our web-based CP procedures and now have a sub-regional website - just click on our logo on the page. You can access the website in the same way from this site but any old bookmarks on your system may not work.
If you have any comments or queries on the new procedures then please let us know.
Ofsted finds that "children are at the heart of good practice" in Gateshead
14 March 2016
Vulnerable children and young people in Gateshead are safe and are at the heart of social work practice in the Borough, according to Ofsted. A report was published on 11 March 2016 following a four week inspection in 2015. Very good practice seen in a range of areas, including: family support in relation to domestic abuse; fostering support; performance management; and promoting children's rights. Of particular mention is the response to children at risk of sexual exploitation and those who go missing from home and care, which is described as a 'particularly strong area', as well as its highly effective multi-agency approach to safeguarding and managing risk.
The LSCB was inspected at the same time and requires improvement to be 'good', due to issues such as gaps in its membership, monitoring of services and lack of robustness in the analysis of its training. However, we had already identified these areas for improvement and were working towards achieving them at the time of the inspection. It was acknowledged, though, that the LSCB has clear strong commitment from key statutory agencies and that good collaborative working had resulted in an effective approach to safeguarding, child sexual exploitation and prevention of extremism.
We've updated our Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) risk assessment and monitoring tool, which is also the referral form for the MSET (our sub group focusing on young people at risk of sexual exploitation, trafficking and/or going missing). Please visit our pages on sexual exploitation and missing children for more information. Please note - where there are immediate concerns about a young person then a safeguarding referral should be made, you should not wait for the next MSET meeting to make a referral.
We've updated our referral form for professionals to make referrals to Children's Social Care for child protection and child in need concerns. Please ensure you use the most up to date form when making a referral by accessing it from this website, rather than saving a copy to your desktop.
For more information on making a referral, please visit our worried about a child page.
We now have a number of e-learning modules for professionals to access. These modules are really easy to use and help build on your existing knowledge in bite-size chunks. There are various modules on child abuse and neglect, as well as Child Sexual Exploitation, domestic abuse and "Safeguarding and Leadership".