Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board (WFSCB)

Family, young people and child support

The Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board (WFSCB) ensures that all local children's agencies within Waltham Forest work together for the safety and well being of children and young people.

Local Safeguarding Children Boards are a statutory requirement for ensuring and monitoring the effectiveness of local agencies that provide services for children up to the age of eighteen. The board works with partner agencies to promote the safety and well being of children and young people within the borough.

The WFSCB follows guidance from Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015, and in accordance with the children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004.

The WFSCB is not accountable for the operational work of partner agencies; this remains with the individual organisations and services.

Professionals working with children should follow the MASH guidelines

How to escalate professional concerns about a child - Escalation letter for professionals

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is where a young person under the age of 18 is encouraged, trapped, forced or coerced into a sexual relationship or situation by an adult.

It often involves the young person being offered something in return for performing sexual acts, such as alcohol, cigarettes, gifts, money, drugs and affection.

If you think you or someone close to you is being exploited there is help out there. Visit our CSE support page.

MASE is the multi agency sexual exploitation meeting, which is held on a monthly basis and is co chaired by children's social care and the Metropolitan Police.

MASE has two purposes:

  1. for professionals to refer young people who are at risk of or are experiencing sexual exploitation who are subject to a plan. If the risks are not decreasing for the young person, as referral will be made for advice or support
  2. to refer information or intelligence about possible venues and people involved in sexual exploitation.

This information will then contribute to developing a strategic overview and understanding of sexual exploitation in Waltham Forest

Documents:

MAP (multi-agency planning) and MASE (multi-agency sexual exploitation) meetings - local guidance document

WFSCB CSC referral letter (96KB PDF file, April 2014)

WFSCB MASE referral form (256KB PDF file, April 2014)

Pan London Child Sexual Exploitation operating protocol (February 2014)

WFSCB subgroups Click to get info

The WFSCB consists of six subgroups, the child death review and serious case review panels are statutory , all are accountable to the Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board. The board is run and overseen by the WFSCB Independent Chair who reports to the Waltham Forest Chief Executive.

The board and each subgroup are governed by their individual terms of reference.

Child death overview panel (CDOP)

Under the Children Act 2004 all Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) in England are required to have a child death overview panel (CDOP) which looks into the circumstances around the death of any child who is resident within the borough. These responsibilities are laid out in Chapter 5 of the government’s statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Chair: Director of Public Health Waltham Forest, LBWF

Terms of reference WF-CDOP

WF-CDOP Initial notification form

London child protection procedures: death of a child

London Child Death Overview Panel procedures

London Rapid Response procedures

National statistics on child death reviews

Statistical releases present data collected from Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) in England. This data is collected following the publication of a report into better use of information collected on child death in 2013.

Serious case review panel (SCRP)

A serious case review (SCR) is when a child dies and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor (including death by suspected suicide).

The prime purpose of an SCR is for agencies and individuals to learn lessons to improve the way in which they work, both individually and collectively, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Anyone can refer a case to the SCRP for consideration.

Terms of reference for SCRP.

Chair: WFSCB Independent Chair

You can contact the Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board administrator on 020 8496 2762 if you have any questions on SCRs.

Ofsted reporting

Ofsted reviewed SCRs completed across the country and collated the lessons learnt in a series of reports.

Performance management and quality assurance (PMQA)

Responsible for coordinating case file and section11 audits. The group reviews and monitors performance data from across the partnership, and raises issues to the board.

See Terms of reference WF-PMQA.

Chair: Head of quality assurance service

Policy and professional development (PPD)

The PPD panel is responsible for developing policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, ensuring all local agencies are compliant with national requirements.

See Terms of reference WF-PPD.

Chair: Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children, NELFT

Child sexual exploitation (CSE):

The CSE subgroup exists to help tackle CSE issues locally in line with national guidance. The group will collect and collate data and intelligence in relation to CSE from across the partnership. It will scrutinise information in order to:

Chair: Divisional Director of Children and Families Service, LBWF

Children missing (CM)

The children missing sub group develop a strategic response and identify emerging themes for children who go missing.

 Key priorities:

  • Raising awareness of the risks and issues that prompt children to go missing
  • develop a strategic response
  • supporting young people and their families

Terms of reference WF-CM

Chair: Head of Service for Children in Care, LBWF

Performance management and quality assurance (PMQA)

Responsible for coordinating case file and section11 audits. The group reviews and monitors performance data from across the partnership, and raises issues to the board.

See Terms of reference WF-PMQA.

Chair: Head of quality assurance service

Policy and professional development (PPD)

The PPD panel is responsible for developing policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, ensuring all local agencies are compliant with national requirements.

See Terms of reference WF-PPD.

Chair: Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children, NELFT

Child sexual exploitation (CSE):

The CSE subgroup exists to help tackle CSE issues locally in line with national guidance. The group will collect and collate data and intelligence in relation to CSE from across the partnership. It will scrutinise information in order to:

Chair: Divisional Director of Children and Families Service, LBWF

Children missing (CM)

The children missing sub group develop a strategic response and identify emerging themes for children who go missing. Key priorities:

  • Raising awareness of the risks and issues that prompt children to go missing
  • develop a strategic response
  • supporting young people and their families
  • Terms of reference WF-CM

    Chair: Head of Service for Children in Care, LBWF

Improving practice Click to get info

In Waltham Forest we have a strong commitment to the practice of learning. We regularly undertake audits, learning events, multi agency case reviews. As well as, when appropriate, serious case reviews, safeguarding adult reviews and domestic homicide reviews.

It is sometimes challenging for practitioners to review all the lessons learnt and so we have packaged the improving practice messages into bite size guides, easy to access video and written briefings to help share the learning.

Video guides

Referrals

Accompanying written brief Referrals (151KB PDF file)

Think Family

Accompanying written brief Think Family (155KB PDF file)

Improving Practice: Bite Size Guides: "Think Family"

Early Help

Accompanying written brief  Early Help (155KB PDF file) 

 

Voice of the child

Accompanying written brief  Voice of the child (200KB PDF)

Core Groups

Accompanying written brief  Core groups (200KB PDF)

 

Emotional harm

Accompanying written brief  Emotional Harm (200KB PDF)

The DfE website has useful resources for the 'Report child abuse campaign' 

Child neglect

Training Click to get info

Managing issues of consent, confidentiality and information sharing

This course is for professionals who work regularly with children and young people, and who have considerable professional and organisational responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children.

Download the full course details (word 188KB)