Mark Braithwaite Independent Chair of Middlesbrough Safeguarding Childrens Board provided an update to the Health & Wellbeing Board.
The Annual Report highlighted the key achievements for last year and a new report will be published in the Autumn.
The board monitors its core safeguarding business through its sub-group structure both locally, on a South Tees basis and across the four LA's pan-tees. It scrutinises the work of the Child Death Overview Panel and retains a responsibility for commissioning Serious Case Reviews where considered necessary
The past twelve months has seen the revision of the Tees eSafety structure with chairing arrangements aligned with the Tees Strategic VEMT group. The Tees Performance Management Framework has been introduced though in its infancy.
A successful section 11 audit process evidenced progress on all counts for the majority of organisations involved in safeguarding across the town.
Refresh updates to the web based Safeguarding Policies and Procedures web-site and implementation of the threshold document across the South Tees patch have also been significant steps forward.
The MSCB have held well received safeguarding events for professionals and young people alike and have evidenced the progress that continues to be made. One such example has been the live drama production 'Chelsea's Choice' raising awareness on child sexual exploitation which has been seen by over 1,500 young people across all Middlesbrough secondary schools.
Mark also provided an update on the recommendations of the Ofsted Inspection/Review in December 2015. There were 6 recommendations for the LSCB to address with significant progress made in all areas.
Integration with all agencies (particularly schools and diverse communities).
Schools are now represented on the board and links to the Middlesbrough Achievement Partnership strengthened. Safeguarding briefing note sent to all schools and colleges across Middlesbrough. MBC in the process of appointing to a key interface role.
Understanding of thresholds across front line professionals.
Threshold document agreed across Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland with a program of sessions for professionals.
Working arrangements/coordination with H&WBB, the C&YP Delivery Partnership and MAP.
A schedule of meetings and presentations with all key partnerships agreed and delivered
Further development of performance monitoring arrangements.
The Tees Performance Management Framework making progress with quarter 3 data presented to all boards across Tees. Work now in train re thematic (deep dive) reports.
Improved coordination of Section 11 audits across the Tees patch.
Agreed Tees format and schedule for roll out planned for later this year, all key partners will be obliged to participate in the audit.
Introduction of Rapid Response Arrangements following child death events
Rapid response arrangements are now in place providing a well received and needed service.
Mark also informed the Board that the Department for Education sponsored review of the role and functions of Local Safeguarding Children Boards undertaken by Alan Wood CBE was published on Thursday 26th May 2016. The review makes 34 recommendations covering governance, accountability, inspection and the central commissioning of serious case reviews and child death overview processes.