Strategic Partnership Boards

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The Strategic Partnership Unit helps multi-agency partners with working together to improve outcomes for residents through four strategic partnership boards: 

The four partnership boards
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The unit provides policy support and strategic planning to all the boards. This includes work to develop, monitor and deliver annual business plans for the boards through a range of subgroups.  

Undertaking cross-cutting work across Boards has minimised duplication and strengthened joint working. 

View the priorities of the four strategic boards 2019 - 21

Visit the main Resources to improve practice page for more information and our range of multimedia resources.

The One Panel consists of senior officers from different agencies such as health, children social care, adults social care, community safety and the police.   

The panel receives referrals on cases that may meet statutory review criteria, such as a Safeguarding Adults Review, Child Safeguarding Practice Review (previously known as Serious Case Reviews) or Domestic Homicide Review. The panel also receives referrals for local learning events, for cases that do not meet statutory review criteria. 

This responsibility has been given to the One Panel by the Safeguarding Adults Board, Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board and SafetyNet

The panel discusses the referrals and uses statutory criteria to make recommendations to the relevant board chair. The final decision is then made about what type of review will take place. 

The One Panel works within a Think Family framework, so that when supporting any member of a family, the needs of the whole family are explored and considered. 

View all published statutory reviews including Safeguarding Adult Reviews, Serious Case Reviews and Domestic Homicide Reviews.

To make a referral download the One Panel referral form (word 25KB)

Statutory reviews

The purpose of the reviews is about learning lessons so we can improve future practice. In Waltham Forest we take a Think Family approach and look at system level learning so we can understand how we need to change the system/s under which practitioners work to improve practice in the future.

Please note that historical statutory reviews are available on request from the Strategic Partnerships Team.

Safeguarding Adult Reviews: The Care Act requires the Safeguarding Adult Board (SAB) to undertake a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) when an adult in its area with care and support needs

  • dies of abuse or neglect, whether known or suspected or the adult has not died, but the SAB knows or suspects that the adult has experienced serious abuse or neglect and
  • there is concern that partner agencies could have worked more effectively to protect the adult.

Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (previously known as Serious Case Reviews):

Local Safeguarding Children Boards are required under Working Together 2018 to undertake Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews in cases where: 

  • abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected and 
  • the child has died or been seriously harmed 

A decision to carry out a review is based on whether the serious child safeguarding case raises issues of importance in relation to the area and where it is considered appropriate for a review to be undertaken.

Domestic Homicide Reviews:  The Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act section 9 requires Domestic Homicide Reviews to be undertaken when the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have:

  • resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by
  • (a) a person to whom s/he was related or with whom s/he was or had been in an intimate personal relationship,

or

  • (b) a member of the same household as her/himself, held with a view to identifying the lessons to be learnt from the death

Child Safeguarding Practice Review - Khalsa

5 January 2021

Statement from the Independent Scrutineer for the Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board:

As the Independent Scrutineer of the Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Khalsa. During the review process I was able to see at first hand the commitment of all practitioners and managers to learning from this very sad death to improve practice in the future.

The review has identified important learning that I believe will lead to the necessary changes in practice and as the Independent Scrutineer I will ensure that timely progress is made to embed the changes.

Statement from the Local Safeguarding Partnership for Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board:

We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Khalsa. He was a much-loved young boy whose life was tragically cut short. This report has been undertaken to understand how agencies can work more effectively together and improve practice when working with other children in similar situations to Khalsa with chronic health issues.

We are particularly keen to highlight the need for all practitioners to understand the seriousness of asthma and while in the main it is a manageable condition; each year children die as a result of asthma.

All the organisations that supported or worked with him have contributed to this report in an open and reflective way to ensure that together we learn the lessons that will improve practice. 

We welcome this review and accept fully the findings and the invaluable learning for all our partner agencies in their ongoing work with children with chronic health conditions.

Heather Flinders, Strategic Director for Families, Waltham Forest Council,
Chetan Vyas, Director of Quality and Safety, Waltham Forest and East London Clinical Commissioning Groups
Richard Tucker, Borough Commander for Waltham Forest and Newham

 

Serious Case Review Child C

26 May 2020

Statement from the Independent Scrutineer for the Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board. 

As Independent Scrutineer of the Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Child C. I welcome this report which has been conducted in an open and transparent way with the full cooperation of all partners who are committed to learning from this awful death of a young person.

As an scrutineer part of my role will be to ensure the partnership continues to make progress against the recommendations and that this happens with sufficient pace.

Dave Peplow, Independent Scrutineer

Statement from the Local Safeguarding Partnership for Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board.

We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Child C. He was a much-loved young boy who was tragically murdered. This review was commissioned to understand the circumstances leading up to Child C’s death and learn lessons to improve future practice. All the organisations that supported or worked with him have contributed to this report.

We welcome this comprehensive review and accept fully the findings and the invaluable learning for all our partner agencies in their ongoing work with children who are being criminal exploited.

The Partnership has been working together on this challenging agenda for over six years and while the review recognises that we have paid considerable attention to contextual safeguarding, we recognise there is more to do. As a direct response to this report we have already made some changes and we are also undertaking new work. The headlines of this work are outlined in the LSP response to the review.

The LSP will also use this review to highlight to central government to make the necessary changes to national policy and guidance which are needed to enable all agencies to work more effectively together to support children who are being exploited, particularly in relation to guidance around Elected Home Education and children being criminally exploited.

Our existing work plan has been further strengthened by the learning from this review and this plan will be overseen and monitored by the Adolescents Safeguarding and Resilience Strategic Group.

Heather Flinders, Strategic Director for Families, Waltham Forest Council,

Chetan Vyas, Director of Quality and Safety, Waltham Forest and East London Clinical Commissioning Groups

Richard Tucker, Borough Commander for Waltham Forest and Newham

 

Serious Case Review for child D

The Mother of child D experienced domestic abuse prior to her pregnancy and had to flee from her abuser, the father of the child. Mother then lived in east London and was isolated with very limited support/friends, and no family. Mother has been living in Newham when she booked for her pregnancy and before Child D was born, she moved to Waltham Forest where she lived in a Refuge for women experiencing domestic abuse. When Child D was four months old and at the time of his death Child D was in the sole care of his Mother and living in temporary studio accommodation in Hackney, sourced by London Borough Waltham Forest Housing. The coroner gave the cause of death as “Unexplained”

SCR child D 7- minute briefing for all practitioners working with adults, children and families

This 7-minute briefing has been designed to enable lessons to be disseminated easily and quickly to front line practitioners/managers and senior managers across the partnership. It only takes 7 minutes to go through in a team meeting, or supervision, or peer/group supervision. There are links/signposting to further reading and resources such as the full report and our bitesize videos which you can also read/watch in team meetings etc.

The purpose of an SCR is to learn lessons about how we can improve practice so please take 7 minutes out of your day to read this briefing and reflect on what changes you could make to your practice so that together as a partnership we can embed the changes into all our work with families.

 

Safeguarding Adult Review - George

George is a 93 year old man who lived in his own accommodation. He had several on-going health conditions including a colostomy bag following colon cancer. He was suspected to have dementia, awaiting an assessment. George received support from several agencies including home care and was known to various health services.

A friend helped George day-to-day and become an informal carer and raised concerns about George’s ability to live independently. This friend sadly passed away in January 2018.

On the 4 of December George phoned the police thinking he may have been burgled. The police found him in a severely neglected condition and he was taken to hospital by ambulance. Since then he has moved to a 24-hour care home where he is now thriving.

 

These two escalation letters provide advice about how you can act, using the correct channels, if you believe that your professional opinions have not been properly responded to. For example, if you have concerns about a lack of response to a safeguarding issue after your staff have flagged professional concerns. This would include concerns that social care services are not taking appropriate, timely actions regarding the well-being of a child or an adult at risk. 

Contacts Click to get info

Suzanne Elwick
Head of Strategic Partnerships 
07971 322494 suzanne.elwick@walthamforest.gov.uk

Neil Young
Strategic Partnership Coordinator 
Health and Wellbeing Board 
07891 544651 neil.young@walthamforest.gov.uk    

Zahra Jones 
Strategic Partnership Coordinator
Safeguarding Children Board
07968 693191 zahra.jones@walthamforest.gov.uk

Bella Lowen
Health & Wellbeing Project Officer
Child Death Review
07891 958033 bella.lowen@walthamforest.gov.uk