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CfPS Annual Conference 2014 ‘ You have reached your destination’: scrutiny's role on the road to better places Safeguarding Children. Amy Weir - Association of Independent LSCB Chairs Sandra Pentelow – Scrutiny, Leeds City Council.

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Cfps annual conference 2014

CfPS Annual Conference 2014

‘You have reached your destination’: scrutiny's role on the road to better places

Safeguarding Children

Amy Weir - Association of Independent LSCB Chairs

Sandra Pentelow – Scrutiny, Leeds City Council


Cfps annual conference 2014

What does ‘ Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare’ mean to you?What is your understanding of the role of Scrutiny and LSCBs in ‘Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare’?

What relationship do you think should exist between Scrutiny and LSCBs?


Definition of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
Definition of Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children

  • Protecting children from maltreatment

  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development

  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care: and

  • Taking action to enable all children to have best outcomes

    Working Together 2013


Private fostering inquiry
Private Fostering Inquiry Children

  • Victoria Climbié was in a private fostering arrangement. Hidden children

  • PFC arrangements in Leeds were judged as inadequate in 2008 and 2011.

  • LSCB (statutory)= auditing PFC cases,

    Scrutiny (temporary)= inquiry,

    joint monitoring of progress.

  • Knowledge, Awareness and Understanding


Impact and value leeds
Impact and Value - Leeds Children

  • Clear focus on raising awareness of Private Fostering across Leeds.

  • Early intervention by professionals equipped to recognise a PFC arrangement. (ongoing)

  • A significant increase in the number of cases reported and therefore children safeguarded.

  • Sound evidence base to support a concentrated effort

  • Additional resources


Coventry daniel pelka scr
Coventry – Daniel Pelka SCR Children

  • Serious Case Reviews and role of LSCBs

  • SCR as independent interagency inquiry for publication

  • Background to Daniel Pelka case

  • National profile and media attention

  • Key joint work between Council, LSCB and Scrutiny


Impact and value coventry
Impact and Value - Coventry Children

  • Clear demonstration of local accountability

  • Acceptance of failings

  • Shared determination to improve.

  • LSCB publication of SCR September 2013

  • Full Council Meetings dedicated to the case and webcast - October 13

  • Scrutiny meeting webcast to receive the SCR and progress updates

  • Continued progress chasing by LSCB and Scrutiny


What have we gained
What have we gained? Children

  • Clear focus and priority by Scrutiny on safeguarding children

  • Collaborative work between LSCB and Scrutiny to gain improved outcomes for children and young people

  • Joint work enabling challenge of both Council and Partner Agencies


Safeguarding children so what could you do
Safeguarding Children ChildrenSo, what could you do?

Any Questions?