Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board (WFSCB)

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Under Working Together 2018, ‘Local Safeguarding Partners’ are required to oversee multi-agency child safeguarding arrangements across each borough. The Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board (WFSCB) is the body that carries out this statutory function in Waltham Forest. It is a partnership of statutory and voluntary sector partners as well as lay members and is chaired by an Independent Scrutineer. It has a range of roles scrutinising and challenging local safeguarding practice. WFSCB works with partners to support the effective collaboration of all services being delivered to children and young people up to the age of eighteen in Waltham Forest so that they are kept safe and well.  

Please see WFSCB new published arrangements as per Working Together 2018.

Current priority areas for WFSCB are: 

For more information about the Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board please contact: Zahra Jones, Strategic Partnership Coordinator on 07968 693 191.

The children and young people's workforce consists of a vast number of professionals and volunteers who each have their own level of expertise and skills to improve the outcome and welfare of children.

As part of the workforce that is responsible for safeguarding children, it is important that you:

  • make sure that the child is at the centre of all the work you do and that you listen to children that you work with
  • take a Think Family approach
  • have professional curiosity
  • work collaboratively with other agencies and services
  • reflect on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in management and supervisions
  • challenge other professional views in a respectful manner to understand issues relating to children and young people

If you are a other community group delivering online sessions to children/young people, find out how to safely do remote sessions in line with safeguarding procedures. If you are a sports organisation, find out more about safeguarding in sport and COVID 19.

Where can I get help from?

If you feel that a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm please call the police on 999 who can provide an immediate response.

Alternatively, you can contact your local police on 101 at any time.

If you don’t believe the risk requires immediate action, contact the Waltham Forest Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) team to discuss your concerns:

Phone: 020 8496 2310

  • Monday to Thursday 9am to 5.15pm
  • Friday 9am to 5pm

Out of hours phone: 020 8496 3000 

A social worker from the MASH team will speak to you. They will need to get as much information as possible about the child and the family.

Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility and your call could mean the start of getting the right help to a family and may even save a child’s life.

The Waltham Forest Guide to Thresholds and Practice for working with children and families in Waltham Forest is the multi-agency document that sets out our vision and values, and the role and responsibilities of all agencies to work together so that every child in the borough has the best possible outcomes.

Professionals and volunteers should refer to the guide before making a referral to the Mash team.

Learn more about thresholds

Download the Guide to Thresholds and Practice (PDF 656KB)

For advice and guidance about concerns and allegations against adults working or volunteering with children, contact the Waltham Forest Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO):

Phone: 0208 496 3646 or 07791 559 789

Email: LADO@walthamforest.gov.uk

Visit the main Strategic Partnership Boards page to find out how to take action using the appropriate channels when you believe that your professional opinions have not been acted on appropriately.

Key topics for the WFSCB Click to get info

Adolescents safeguarding 

Adolescence is a complicated time for both young people, care givers and those that work with them. 

The Safeguarding Adolescents Practice Guide (PDF 1.2MB) will help you to better understand the vulnerabilities children are exposed to. We have also developed a resource to support and improve how you respond to children that you work with who are aged 10 to 18 years who experience risk or harm.

Watch our bitesize Adolescent Safeguarding video (also available with others good practice guides on our Resources to improve practice page)

Safeguarding in settings 

By settings we mean formal education, including early years as well as groups and services provided to children in the voluntary, community and faith sectors. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and this work is about supporting all settings to improve their safeguarding practice. 

Our ambition is for all settings to have the right policies and procedures in place and to know and understand where they can seek specialist advice and support including training and resources, for their staff, volunteers and board members etc. 

Child Death Click to get info

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 sets out requirement for “child death review partners” (consisting of local authorities and any clinical commissioning groups for the local area) to make arrangements to review child deaths via a specific process.  

The child death review process provides an opportunity to reflect in detail on the history of the involvement of the different agencies across all sectors with every child death and to consider any lessons to be learnt, issues to be addressed or opportunities for improving services. 

Find more information on the statutory child death process.

Register a death as a parent

Report a child death as a practitioner 

Visit the main Strategic Partnership Boards page to view the most recent summary of the Child Death Review annual report in addition to our other annual reports.

Contact

CDOP Co-ordinator

London Borough of Waltham Forest
Town Hall​
Walthamstow
E17 4JF

Email: cdop@walthamforest.gov.uk

Telephone: 020 8496 3691

To view our most recent statutory reviews and for more information on One Panel visit the main Strategic Partnership Boards page

This forum oversees a multi-agency audit programme. Multi-agency means everyone who worked with the family, such as health, adult social care, education or police.

Visit the main Learning and Improving Practice page for more information including video guides and documents.

WFSCB annual report Click to get info

Visit the main Strategic Partnership Boards page to find out how to take action using the appropriate channels when you believe that your professional opinions have not been acted on appropriately.

If you require access to previous annual reports you can make a request by emailing zahra.jones@walthamforest.gov.uk.