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Safeguarding Children

Children celebratingThe Essex Safeguarding Children Board is a statutory body which acts as a mechanism for agreeing how relevant organisations within Essex co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. The Board will also ensure the effectiveness of work undertaken by the partners in this area.
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Update from Simon Hart, ESCB Chair

Message from the Chair, Simon Hart - June 2015

Tuesday 9th June I chaired the most recent ESCB Board meeting and I going forward have committed to sharing the top few messages from each Board meeting with practitioners. A few highlights from the most recent Board meeting were:

  1. Adoption of new SCR toolkit which will see a proportionate and robust response to the way we carry out our case reviews. There will be more details on the new SCR process in coming weeks but a key improvement is that practitioners and families will be more involved in the review. Interestingly at a recent practitioner forum I was advised that participants in a recent review had found the process engaging, helpful and safe.
  2. Feedback from the Section 11 Audit was positive. The Board received a report outlining challenge and good practice of partners. Partner agencies have developed action plans and work is being carried out by agencies, supported by the ESCB to fulfil these action plans. A further report demonstrating the support agencies will receive will be presented at the next Board. However there are some key areas that require more urgency and attention and we will be addressing these over coming months.
  3. Involvement of Young People has been increasing, in particular around the topic of gangs. Much of the work of the ESCB now, and over coming years is to engage with young people in all aspects of our work in order to understand the key issues from their perspective. How can policies be developed or training be organised without hearing from those we aim to protect? We’re also working with young people to help facilitate a workshop at our conference in November, we will be utilising existing networks set up by the Involvement Team to gain insight and feedback into many areas of our work including the new website, which is currently being developed.

Simon Hart,

Independent Chair

Wise up to Water Safety #splashsafely

Wise up to Water Safety and #splashsafely

The Essex Safeguarding Children Board has launched its ‘Wise up to water safety’ campaign. During the summer we know families enjoy being in the garden, but of course many family gardens contain ponds, water butts and paddling pools or even hot tubs and swimming pools, all of which can be a potential hazard. 

If you own a swimming pool, paddling pool or hot tub, take a moment to WALK through our simple guidance to #splashsafely

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