London Board meeting
Meeting Title: London Safeguarding Children Board Meeting
thDate: 25 July 2007
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: London Councils
Chaired by: Derek Myers (RB Kensington and Chelsea)
Derek Myers (RB Kensington Alastair Jeffrey (Met Police) Hannah Miller (Croydon LSCB) and Chelsea)
Christine Christie (London Sue Wilkinson (Met Police) Paul Robinson (LB Board) Wandsworth)
Ian Dean (London Board) John Anthony (Youth Justice Hilary McCollum (London
Briony Ladbury (Croydon PCT) Malcolm Jenkin (London Helen Johnston (London
Sally Jones (Greenwich PCT) Safron Rose (NSPCC) Vivienne Bartlett (GOL) Apologies:
Jennifer Izekor (GOL) Andrew Fraser (Enfield LSCB) Elizabeth Coe (CAFCASS) Delroy Pomell (Barnardos) Andrew Ireland (Havering Rob Jarman (Met Police)
David Archibald (Ealing LSCB) Dave Hill (Merton LSCB)
Points of discussion
1) Introductions and apologies
; The London Board noted the above apologies.
2) SCD5 Strategic Assessment
; Presentation delivered by Alison Brown, SCD5 Higher Intelligence Analyst.
- Following the presentation, SW pointed out that the homicide rate outlined has
actually doubled over the past year (from 6 cases to 11 cases).
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- HM asked if the age of the mother has been analysed with respect to SUDIs. Alison
Brown said that this has been looked at in depth, and there is no higher incidence of
SUDIs amongst teenage mothers.
; AJ reported that SCD5 are keen for greater engagement with other agencies, and particularly
the London Board, when compiling their next intelligence report, to ensure that key issues for
all agencies are included. DM welcomed this opportunity to work collaboratively, and the
London Board agreed that this would be a positive move.
ACTION – Alison Brown to circulate presentation and full report to the Board (attached). ______________________________________________________________________________ 3) Notes of last meeting and matters arising
; No changes
______________________________________________________________________________ 4) Manager’s Report
; The Board noted the London Board Manager’s Report.
______________________________________________________________________________ 5) London Child Protection Procedures
; CC reported that, following a wide ranging period of consultation, expert review and detailed
editorial board scrutiny, the London Child Protection Procedures are now ready for the London
Board’s consideration, having previously been approved by both ALDCS and the LSCB Chairs
Meeting (subject to comment from Croydon lawyers, who are currently checking through the
- All supplementary procedures are summarised and cross-referenced within the
main document. Two supplementaries have yet to be approved by the London
Board – Children Missing from School (see item 6) and Domestic Violence. There
are currently issues around the thresholds within the domestic violence
supplementary, and the procedure is being piloted in two London boroughs (Barnet
and Barking & Dagenham) to establish their feasibility. The results of this pilot will
be presented to the London Board in October.
- The London Board approved the London Child Protection Procedures.
ACTION – CC to arrange for the Procedures to go to print once Croydon legal have finished their scrutiny.
ACTION – the London Board to write to Chairs of LSCBs with a timescale to formally sign up to the Procedures (likely to be by end of December 2007), and encouraging them to hold their own local launch events.
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6) Serious Case Reviews
; CC handed a printed copy and CD of the London Review of Serious Case Reviews to the
London Board members. CC also reported that a printed copy + CD had been handed to all
Directors of Children’s Services at ALDCS (9.07.07) and all LSCB Chairs at their recent
meeting (23.07.07), with the DCSF and DH couriered one copy each for information. All copies
handed out face-to-face and are marked “strictly confidential” to uphold the London Board’s
commitment that this information would be treated confidentially.
ACTION – the London Board to survey London LSCBs in 18 months time to assess how the report has been used, and to establish the value of the exercise.
______________________________________________________________________________ 7) Child Death Overview Panels
; CC reported that ALDCS have established a sub-group to address the issues around Child
Death Overview Panels, chaired by Dave Hill (Merton DCS) and made up of representatives
- AJ requested that the police be represented on this group, and SJ felt that Health
should also be involved. As a member of the sub-group, PR agreed to take this
request to Dave Hill, although it was felt that it would be useful for the initial meeting
to be restricted to DCS’ in order for them to establish their position before opening
to multi-agency membership.
- DM reported that, having spoken recently to a senior coroner, it appears that many
London coroners may be unaware of the Child Death Overview Process – it would
therefore be useful to have coroners represented on the sub-group. ACTION – PR to request that the ALDCS sub-group is opened up to multi-agency membership, and to feedback to AJ, SJ and DM.
______________________________________________________________________________ 8) Children Missing From School supplementary procedure
; CC reported that this supplementary procedure was initially developed in consultation with the
DfES, with the final draft circulated for London-wide consultation and expert scrutiny from the
police Missing Person’s Unit and the London Safeguarding Children Education Network. The
procedure has now been finalised, and is ready for London Board consideration.
- PR agreed that the procedure is well drafted and represents good practice, but
stressed that successful implementation will depend on a strong lead from LA
education services and the provision of training for school staff.
- The London Board approved the supplementary procedure.
ACTION – Supplementary procedure for Safeguarding Children Missing From School to be published online.
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9) Competence Matters
; CC reported that this training framework for London has now been issued for consultation twice,