Newham Safeguarding Children Partnership
Welcome to the Newham Safeguarding Children Partnership
A message from Newham’s Independent Chair,
As we are now in March the nights are starting to get lighter and we begin to see nature getting ready for Spring and planning for the months to come. We too as a partnership have been undertaking some planning for the future with conversations across the NSCP and with the Adults partnership too. More details of these events and our new priorities are to be found in this newsletter. As an Executive we are keen to focus on a few key areas where we can make the most impact and work with other partnerships to make the most of our combined efforts.
Since our last newsletter we have received a number of different reports including the annual report of work of the Local Authority designated officer. This highlighted the work undertaken locally and nationally by the team and the importance of all partners using the LADO service if they have any concerns as they can give guidance to employers and voluntary bodies about how to deal with allegations against people who work with children and they take the lead in the management and oversight of allegations against people who work with children.
We also considered the annual report from the Child death review hub whose role is to review each child death and to identify any modifiable or preventable factors that might have prevented the child death and share this learning and to ensure support for families through the process. CDOP Annual Report click here
As in previous years a key area of focus is to the share the learning from rapid reviews and Child Safeguarding practice reviews. So please do promote the events to your staff regarding the “Sadie Case” a case of intra familial sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. More details regarding this and other learning events can be found in this newsletter.
Finally, we are all concerned about the implications of the cost of living crisis and the how this is likely to lead to more safeguarding issues. We know that in Newham there is a significant programme in place to support families. Including food being distributed; children’s centres being given extra financial support; over 1000 cost of living champions who receive weekly information and infographics about how to get support and help others which includes information on: mental health support for adults and children, support for housing, and help for organisations to support staff; and all GP practices have been given information to display. As an NSCP we want to ensure that impact of the Cost of living crisis is reflected throughout our work and would be keen to hear from you as to the direct effects that you are seeing from a safeguarding perspective.
On behalf of Newham NSCP Executive
Independent Chair of Newham Safeguarding Children Partnership
The National Panels Latest Publication
Last week the National Panel published the national review into the tragic murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson (link). It aims to make sense of what happened to Arthur and Star, to learn from their deaths and to secure the improvements to the safeguarding system. Importantly the national recommendations build on the Panels extensive evidence base spanning all serious safeguarding incidents for the last three years and proposes strengthening the child protection system at all levels.
Other National Panel Report Links:
Correspondence between the Secretary of State for Education and the panel setting out the terms of reference for the national review into safeguarding children with disabilities and complex health needs in residential settings
An independent review into safeguarding children under 1 from non-accidental injury caused by male carers.
Correspondence between the Secretary of State for Education, the Department for Health and Social Care and the panel about the second national child safeguarding practice review.
National review into babies seriously harmed or killed by their father or male carer.
Correspondence between the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel chair and government ministers about the first national child safeguarding practice review.
‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ – A Youth Work Response to Gangs and Exploitation during COVID-19
Publication of a Serious Case Review, Family K
Newham LSCB jointly with Hounslow LSCB commissioned a Serious Case Review in July 2018 following a serious incident (in Hounslow) when an infant suffered severe knife injuries when his father attacked him and his mother. The family had recently relocated in Hounslow from Newham at the time of the incident. An update on the recommendations will be monitored and updated by the NSCP safeguarding child practice review group, when completed the actions will be passed to the NSCP performance and quality assurance group to test the embedding the embedding of the recommendations across the partnership when undertaking partnership audits.
To read the full report click the link below.
The Mayor of Newham’s Youth Safety Board
Making Newham a great place to grow up is a priority for the Mayor, the Council and its partners.
The Board was set up in March 2019 in order to identify and accelerate actions to improve safety for children and young people who live, work or study in Newham.
It is co-chaired by Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz and Duncan Bew, Clinical Director for Trauma at Kings College Hospital, London. Members include young people, family members and residents, and police, education and health representatives.
The Board published its report and recommendations in December 2019. You can read the report, a short summary and the evidence briefing on the Newham Council website and the latest publication for 1 year on 2021 here
Newham Council launches Young People’s Charter
Newham Council has published a pioneering Young People’s Charter.
The Council’s Cabinet committed to the Charter on Tuesday, 8 March 2022. At the same meeting, the Cabinet also approved a draft summary Children and Young People’s Plan with the full plan set to be launched later this year following further engagement and consultation with young people and key partners.
The Charter has been co-created by young people since last September, when it was first discussed at a meeting of Next Gen Newham, an initiative which allows children and young people to shape the future of the borough.
Both the Plan and the Charter are core to the borough’s commitment to be the best place for Newham’s children and young people.
Newham Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz said: “Nothing is more important than our young people and that’s why we have invested more than £36 million in services for young people since 2018, increasing the budget by 33 percent. The number of youth workers has also increased from three to 43.
“My priority has always been to make Newham the best place for children and young people to grow up, to play and be happy, healthy, thrive and able to reach their full potential.
“Our Young People’s Charter has been created with young people at its heart and we will continue to engage with them fully to develop our ambitious Children and Young People’s Plan. We are committed to increasing opportunities for all young people and ensuring there is a relentless focus on putting them first.”
The 11 equally important principles of the Young People’s Charter come under the headings of: Change, Creativity, Relationships, Community, Health, Diversity, Keeping Us Safe, Independence, Quality, Environment, and Privacy.
The Charter plans to encourage people and organisations to be accountable and fulfil their commitment to the borough’s young people and to champion and advocate for children and young people in Newham.
It also aims to reinforce the message that this is “Everybody’s business”, demonstrate the Council’s commitment to listening to and amplifying the voices of Newham’s young people and supporting and engaging them in a way with which they resonate.
The Children and Young People’s Plan will focus on five key outcomes for Newham’s children and young people to:
- Be cared for, safe and protected from harm,
- Be happy and enjoy improved health and wellbeing,
- Be proud of and protect the environment they grow up in,
- Access, participate and receive a great education, and
- Thrive and achieve their full potential.
Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility and the purpose of these web pages is to encourage the widest possible participation in the work of Newham Safeguarding Children Partnership.
The core objectives of the NSCP:
As part of this, the board will :
- develop child protection procedures and policies
- ensure child protection work is of a consistently high standard
- arrange training for staff who work with children, parents and families
- raise awareness generally about the need to protect children and how members of the public can help
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Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) states “There is a shared responsibility between organisations and agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in a local area”. A wide range of multi agency training is available to all providing a service to Newham’s children, young people and families. Click the link below.