As a partnership we have learnt lots of lessons from audits and reviews and now we want to focus on sharing that learning. During 2020/2021 we will be looking at four key topics that we want to embed into practice:
Multi-agency working and
Please share our professional curiosity resource pack widely and use it:
in team meetings
as part of group/individual supervision
for your own development
A Guide to Thresholds and Practice for Working with People, Carers and Families in Waltham Forest
This guide has been developed to help anyone who supports and works with people, carers and families in Waltham Forest to understand and apply the borough’s approach to work with them and their communities. Use this guide for information about all levels of needs review.
It sets out our vision and values, and the roles and responsibilities of all agencies to work together so that every vulnerable person in the borough has the best possible outcomes through the Right Conversation, Right Care, Right Time.
Child Neglect Resource for multi-agency working
WFSCB are pleased to advise that Waltham Forest Child Neglect Resource for Multiagency Working is now available on the website. This has been produced by a multi-agency group of practitioners from across the partnership to support the WFSCB priority work around child neglect. Please use this to add to your understanding and practice in relation to child neglect and cascade and share with colleagues in your organisation and networks.”
Under the WFSAB we have worked together to address many issues around cuckooing within the borough. Please use the poster
and the training slides
, to extend your own knowledge of cuckooing and share it with your agencies.
Safeguarding Adolescents: A Practice Guide
This Practice Guide aims to equip all professionals in Waltham Forest working with adolescents with ways of working that will improve the response to children aged between 10-18 who experience risk or harm, and includes up to date information about adolescent development. It also aims to remind practitioners that adolescence is a complicated phase of development for both the adolescent and the care givers (e.g. parents) and to understand the vulnerability they are exposed to. The approaches in the Practice Guide deal with both support and enforcement methods, as different combinations of these elements are required at different times.
Safeguarding in the community, voluntary and faith sector
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. If you are worried that a child or adult with care and support needs is at risk of harm, it is your duty to raise a safeguarding concern. This document gives an overview of resources and telephone numbers for reporting concerns.
Self Neglect Multi-Agency Guidance
The Waltham Forest Safeguarding Adults Board has worked closely with practitioners to create workable and usable guidance. This is for anyone who supports an individual who self-neglects or is at risk of self-neglect. See the document for information on various aspects of self-neglect including, indicators, advice on how to start a difficult conversation and fluctuating capacity.
Think Family Approach
In Waltham Forest we recognise that in order to support families to make changes that are helpful and long lasting we need to work with all the members of the family. If we understand and recognise that the needs and desired outcomes of each person in the family affect each other, we are more likely to support and enable sustainable change.
Some services are already working within a Think Family approach and we now want to embed this in all services and agencies in the borough.
This will require us all to work differently, but with the same aim of working with families to achieve their outcomes. We believe that this document will help inform and create a common approach across all agencies, across adult and children services.
Waltham Forest's Mental Capacity Sub-group has worked closely with practitioners to create usable guidance for professionals working with vulnerable adults, in order to support the application of the Mental Capacity Act. The document contains flow charts on best interests decisions, advice on fluctuating versus temporary capacity, and more.