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ESCB Highly Commended at the You Make the Difference in Essex Awards 2018

Last updated by on Tuesday, December 4, 2018


The awards ceremony took place last Thursday (22 November) at the Chelmsford City Racecourse co-hosted by Essex County Council Chief Executive, Gavin Jones, Chairman, Cllr John Jowers. Deputy Leader and Cllr Kevin Bentley, who presented the special recognition awards.


The Essex Safeguarding Children Board Business Support team were nominated for the Partnership Working Award where it was recognised how they demonstrate true proactive collaboration with partners across health, police, schools, probation, district councils and the voluntary sector to make the greatest impact on the lives of children and young people in Essex.


The ESCB team received praise on how they routinely listen to feedback from partners and implement new ways of working, include developing innovative ways of delivering learning from serious cases in partnership with the Adults and Domestic Abuse Boards and Essex Social Care Academy. This new way of cascading learning is based on combining learning from different reviews and running joint events to identify where practice can be improved in a holistic way. The Home Office is already showing interest in this as a future model for other areas. In addition, the process for carrying out child death reviews in partnership with health, police, social care and Southend and Thurrock is cited as one of the best in the country with other areas now learning from this experience. The ESCB child death review manager has visited other areas to share this process to support others in developing their ways of working.


Although the team did not win the award, they did receive Highly Commended status, and would like to wish a warm congratulations to the Community Capacity Building Youth Clubs team, who were the winners on the night.