Dave Worlock - London Safeguarding Children Board

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Keeping Children Safe Developing a Local Strategic Quality Assurance Framework David Worlock November 2010


A sinner in the fallen humanity that is safeguarding.

If this is the solution, what’s the problem? Two-fold 1. The need for leaders of organisations with safeguarding responsibilities and strategic partnerships to know how safe children are, so they can learn and develop and make children safer. 2. Currently often rely on partial information, an ad hoc set of data often centrally prescribed and process / quantity focused.

Purpose of the Framework Purpose 1. To help single organisations and the LSCB / CTB to answer the question, “How effective are we in safeguarding children?” in a more systematic, holistic and comprehensive way. 2. To provide a systematic approach to organisational learning and develop which results in improved outcomes for children. Characteristics It does what it says on the can: it’s a framework that local organisations and partnership shape into something which is right for them: • They choose the actual content and the priorities • There are no targets • The pace and scope is determined locally.

The Three Elements of the Framework 1. The Content Areas 2. The Three Types of Performance Information

3. The Different Sources of Information (and methods for obtaining it)

1. Examples of Possible Content Areas 1. • • • •

Practice Content Areas Specific priority service areas Vulnerable groups of children Specific risk issues How well professionals and organisations work together

2. Organisational / Practitioner Content Areas • • • •

The workforce: relationships, clear thinking, capacity Safeguarding wisdom, “supervision” and support Organisational culture Resources and Evidence-based

3. Wider –Picture Content Areas •

The impact of poverty and bad housing

2. The Three Types of Performance Information

1. Quantitative Information “How much, how many?”

2. Qualitative Information “How well did we do?”

3. Outcome Information “Is anyone better off?”, “What’s the impact, the difference to the well-being / safety of the children & parents?”

3. The Different Sources of Information 1. The experience of children, parents and carers. 2. The experience of front-line staff / managers. 3. Parents’/children’s case records.

4. Other organisational activity and management information.

The Framework: Diagram 1

Making it Happen Locally: the Eight Steps for single organisations Step 1: Agree content areas Step 2: Define “good” for each content area Step 3: Identify types/sources of current performance information Step 4: Identify additional performance information needed Step 5: How to capture the information Step 6: Prioritise Step 7: Set quality assurance time-table Step 8: Define organisational and learning and improvement cycle

Single Organisation Governance Framework / Learning and Improvement Cycle 1. Annual reporting: the Safeguarding Children Report Book (including story book!) – to leadership and snr. management Boards / Committees

2. Monthly / Quarterly Reporting: to senior operational management teams

3. Front-line teams 4. Safeguarding “Supervision”

The LSCB: Getting the Whole Area View 1. Decides on its content areas 2. Draws the information from the partner agencies 3. Has its own QA programme focusing on cross-and inter-agency themes issues – – –

Annual Deep Dive Review Annual smaller scale review Every 3 years external peer review

4. Reflects: Annual Report / Business Plan, Challenge, Addressing Priority Issues, “Turning the Curve”

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