The Annual Report highlights the work and accomplishments of the ESCB over the period 2016–17. It discusses the impact of the Board in key areas, the challenges it has faced over the year and its plans moving forward.
Some key achievements of the ESCB over the year included:
- County Council praised by Ofsted for its work with children and its leadership and delivery of safeguarding.
- Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary has recognised the progress in safeguarding by Essex Police. There is clear senior commitment to the agenda, reflected in initiatives such as retraining operational staff on safeguarding issues. The resulting improved awareness of operational officers is welcomed and is bringing results.
- There is also a greater commitment by officers to multi-agency meetings such as the local missing and child exploitation conferences (MACE).
- Active involvement of children and young people in the work of the Board, including assisting the board with key projects including Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), suicide and self-harm and children leaving care.
- The revision of the ESCB suicide prevention toolkit and work to develop emotional well-being guidance for schools dealing with self harm – this work will continue into 2017–18.
- Greater intelligence about the impact of gangs and a focus on how this can be better tackled across Essex.
- Embedding the use of a review process for Serious Case Reviews and Partnership Reviews following the principles set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children. This has led to more opportunities for practitioners to be involved in reviews and learn from the findings of the review.
An executive summary of the report has also been produced and can be downloaded here.