Wirral Safeguarding Children Board
The WSCB completes the majority of its work through multi-agency committees who each contribute to completion of the Board’s priorities. The committees provide partner agencies with the opportunities to review practice – identify and share good practice and identify and imporve areas of weaker practice, to highlight safeguarding arrangements, test progress against priorities and challenge each other to collectively improve arrangements to safeguard children and young people.
The WSCB currently has 9 committees (excluding the main strategic Board itself which meets 6 times a year, the Executive and the associated groups). The committee structure is shown below along with a description of each of the committees:
The Executive Committee
The Executive Group was formed in 2010 and brings together the Chairs of each of the committees, the Director of Children’s Services and a number of senior representatives from key agencies. The group was formed to enable more effective communication between the committees and the Board and to reduce the growing number of responsibilities held by the WSCB.
- To receive bi monthly progress reports from each of the sub committees
- To ensure the Board progresses the WSCB Business Plan
- To set the agenda for the WSCB
- To undertake awareness-raising and public relations functions
- To support the links to the Children’s Trust, the Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board, the Health and Wellbeing Board and other influential board’s and forums.
- To closely monitor performance and resources in light of recent and on-going cuts
The Performance Committee is repsonsible for co-ordinating and leading the multi-agency auditing of safeguarding practice across the partnership. It also has responsibility for reviewing the Board’s performance information and holding agencies to account for completion of actions arising from Serious Case Reviews and other multi-agency learning reviews.
- To lead and complete the WSCB’s annual multi-agency audit plan and provide reports for the WSCB and partnership
- To oversee the completion and review of the Section 11 and Section 175 safeguarding audits
- To develop a performance framework that has clear and measurable outcomes based on national and local performance indicators
Case Review Committee
The Case Review Committee makes recommendations to the WSCB Chair on the need for Serious Case Reviews (SCRs), or reviews below the SCR thrshold. The committee is repsonsible for overseeing the production, publication and quality assurance of SCRs and other multi-agency reviews. If a SCR is agreed by the Independent Chair, an SCR panel is established comprised of core members of the Committee as well as Quality Assurance senior officers from the agencies involved.
- To manage and oversee any arising serious case reviews
- To advise on appropriate levels for reviews
- To implement the Learning and Improvement Framework
- To improve learning from SCR’s and CIR’s
- To review the formal processes for SCR’s and undertake regular committee meetings as well as case specific panel meetings
- To oversee completion of multi-agency action plans in relation to Serious Case, Critical Incident and Learning Reviews. To undertake Critical Incident and Learning Reviews as necessary
Policy, Practice and Procedures Committee
The Policy, Practice and Procedures Committee have responsibility for providing staff with safeguarding procedures and guidance in line with national and local requirements.
- To oversee the management of the online procedures
- To continue to have lead responsibility for providing multi-agency guidance
- To approve new safeguarding guidance
- To monitor and report on the implementation of inter-agency procedures and processes
Child Sexual Exploitation and Missing Committee
The CSE committee is responsible for ensuring agencies work together to ensure children are protected from being sexually exploited. The CSE Committee also has responsibility for monitoring the effectiveness of the response to children who go missing from home or care and who may be the most vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
The committee also provides direct ‘line of sight’ for the safeguarding board to the operations Multi-agency Child Sexual Exploitation (MACSE) meetings.
- To develop an infrastructure to support an effective response to child sexual exploitation
- To ensure children and young people who are experiencing or at risk of sexual exploitation are identified and provided with effective integrated services
- To ensure awareness of child sexual exploitation is raised in communities leading to a decrease in incidence
- To ensure activity related to child sexual exploitation is successfully disrupted leading to the successful prosecution of offenders
Domestic Abuse Committee – managed as a joint committee of the children and adults boards
The Domestic Abuse Committee was established to support the Domestic Abuse priority area agreed by the WSCB. The committee has strategic oversight of all aspects of work undertaken to combat domestic abuse. The scope of the group extends across children’s and adult’s services and includes domestic violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and honour based violence.
- To implement and review the multi-agency domestic abuse strategy across children’s and adult’s services
- To provide strategic leadership and co-ordination to all aspects of multi-agency working
- To ensure appropriate high quality services exist for victims and potential victims of domestic abuse in all its forms
- To work with other sub committees to develop and disseminate learning
Child Death Overview Panel – managed as a pan Merseyside panel with neighbouring LSCB’s
The Child Death Overview Panel collects, collates and evaluates information about the deaths of children in Wirral (and across Merseyside), seeking to identify learning through preventable or modifiable factors.
- To review, in accordance with Working Together statutory guidance, all child deaths in Wirral
- To contribute to and ensure smooth running of the Merseyside CDOP partnership
- To produce an annual report on Child Deaths, which is submitted to the national review
- To highlight learning from child deaths and co-ordinate awareness raising campaigns and responses
Learning and Development Committee – managed as a joint committee of the children and adults boards
The Learning and Development committee plan, designs, delivers and evaluated multi-agency WSCB and SAPB (adults board) training as well as monitoring the effectiveness of single-agency training across the borough.
- To provide a comprehensive and relevant multi-agency training calendar
- To review the effectiveness of multi-agency training
- To develop the training competency framework
- To undertake quality assurance observations of both single and multi-agency training
- To ensure lessons from Serious Case and other reviews are disseminated through training
- To develop, oversee and manage the annual training needs analysis (TNA)
- To ensure a robust training evaluation strategy exists
Care Home Governance Group
This is a new sub-committee and was established by the WSCB Executive Committee in June 2016. The purpose of the group is to provide assurance to the safeguarding board about the governance of Children’s care homes and supported living provision, particularly the arrangements to keep children safe.
- Enable strategic oversight of the Care Home Provision, identifying the homes causing concern, the action taken to bring about home improvement and the outcome of Ofsted Inspections.
- Undertake annual safeguarding auditing of Care Homes through the S.11 audit process
- Provide assurance to the WSCB about arrangements to keep children and young people safe
Early Help Quality Assurance Group – Auditing Group of the WSCB
The Early Help Quality Assurance group was established in 2010 to complete monthly audits of Common Assessment Framework assessments and feedback to partners on findings to help improve the quality of the assessments and ultimately improve outcomes for children and young people. The group also audits and reviews the quality of Team Around the Family early help interventions.
- To audit early help episodes from assessment to closure to help the WSCB assess the quality of early help and to improve the quality of practice
Channel Panel – managed as a joint group of the children and adults boards
The Channel Panel is a multi-agency group led by the LA and Merseyside Police established to consider referrals about individuals who might be vulnerable to being radicalised, so that they are not at risk of being drawn into terrorist-related activity.
- To consider and review new and ongoing cases about individuals vulnerable to being radicalised.
The MASH Board was established to oversee the develop and function of the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). In June 2016 it was agreed that the WSCB would be the governance group for the MASH.
- To ensure the MASH provides a timely and effective response to referrals made through the CADT front door.
Frontline Practitioners Group
The WSCB Executive in June 2016 agreed to establish a ‘virtual’ frontline practitioners group to ensure the Board listens and responds to the voice of practitioners.
To help ensure that the voice of frontline practitioners is heard and informs the work of the WSCB. The group will:
- Provide the WSCB with ‘the view’ from frontline practice and highlight policy/practice/procedure issues and areas of good practice
- Test through questionnaires/audits whether learning from the WSCB is reaching the frontline, being understood and improving practice
- Test that frontline practitioners receive and understand policies, procedures and guidance and are aware of new procedures
- Contribute to the development of practice guidance
- Help raise awareness of the WSCB
- Contribute to practitioner forums