Report Childrens Services Sub-committee 3June2003 2
DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY CHILD PROTECTION COMMITTEE
REASON FOR REPORT
This report advises Members of the outcome of a review of the role and responsibilities of the Dumfries and Galloway Child Protection Committee. Attached is a revised constitution, completed following consultations with current members and their organisations. This is a holding position, pending further consideration by the Chief Executive of the interface between this Committee and the Child Protection Committee and the role and membership of the Childrens Services Executive Group.
The background to these changes is the findings of the national review of child protection in Scotland. The report of this review, Its everyones job to make sure Im alright, was published in November 2002. Attached is a copy of a report to the Social Services Committee, the Childrens Sub-committee and the NHS Joint Board, summarising this.
An update on the actions being taken to implement the recommendations of the national review is provided and a copy of the Child Protection Committees Action Plan is attached for reference.
The Chief Executive and Convener of the Council met with officers of the Council to be briefed on the national review and to discuss how the recommendations are to be taken forward. In addition, they attended a summit organised by the Executive in February 2003. At this the First Minister and the Minister for Education and Young People, presented a 3-year programme of sustained activity intended to transform child protection in Scotland. Since then there has been ongoing dialogue between the Chief Executive and the Chair of the Child Protection Committee about progress.
The Dumfries and Galloway Child Protection Committee, has drawn up an Action Plan to implement those recommendations in the report specifically targeted at local agencies (Appendix 3).
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2.3 An inter-agency conference organised by the Child Protection Committee for managers of local statutory agencies and bodies, was held in Dumfries on 17th March 2003. The Chief Executive introduced this conference and the Head of the Child Protection Review Team, from the Scottish Executive, presented the findings of the national review. The conference was well attended and very positive feedback has been received from attendees. A programme of briefing sessions for front line staff will be delivered in -June 2003 and, thereafter, a series of local interagency meetings, involving public, voluntary and independent sector representation, will be delivered.
Members are asked to note and comment upon:
The initial revision of the role, responsibilities and membership of the Dumfries and Galloway Child Protection Committee;
The earlier report to the Social Services Committee, containing a summary of the findings and recommendations of the national review of child protection in Scotland;
The progress that is being made in responding to the review report and;
The Action Plan, constructed to implement the recommendations of the national review .
Mr Peter David Service Manager-Performance & Quality Childrens Services Grierson House Crichton Dumfries
Stuart H Beck Group Manager - Childrens Services Education & Community Services Woodban k 30 Edinburgh Road DUMFRIES DGI 1NW
Tel: 01 387 260946 Tel : 01 387 260404 Fax : 01 387 260453
Date of Report: 20th May 2003 E-mail - stuartb8dumgal.gov.uk
File Ref: S H B/KP/Re po rt/CSSC/C h i Id Protection Comm -May03
Appendix 1 2
Dumfries and Galloway Child Protection Committee
Role and Responsibilities
The Dumfries and Galloway Child Protection Committee is the interagency forum that brings together all the main agencies and professionals responsible for preventing and protecting children from abuse and neglect.
It will agree how different services and professional groups will cooperate to safeguard children, making sure that arrangements are effective and bring about good outcomes for children.
The responsibilities of the Child Protection Committee are:
To develop and communicate local policies, procedures and protocols for interagency work to protect children. We will achieve effective working relationships between different services and professionals, based on trust and mutual understanding, and clear agreements over thresholds and processes for intervention and treatment.
To identify interagency training and development needs and ensure that training is delivered. We will build a skilled and confident group of professionals who understand the shared responsibility for protecting children and who are individually competent and capable of working together.
0 To audit and evaluate how well local services work together to protect chi Id ren. We will establish standards, objectives, targets and performance indicators that allow us to monitor, continually improve and publicly report on our progress. We will include service users and other stakeholders in this. In addition, we will undertake case reviews where a child has died or been seriously harmed, to make sure any lessons learned are understood and acted upon.
To contribute to the development of services for children and families. We will protect individual children from harm and, indirectly, protect all children by contributing to improving local services by engaging with the wider debate on improving the overall well being of children. Specifically, we will focus on developing preventative approaches to help vulnerable families and children at an early stage.
To raise awareness within the wider community of the need to safeguard children and promote their welfare We will explain our role and responsibilities to the community and involve them in providing safer communities for children.
PAD - Role, Responsibilities and Membership of CPC
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Scope of Responsibilities
The responsibilities of the Child Protection Committee extend to:
0 Children abused and neglected within families, including those harmed through domestic violence and substance misuse;
0 Children abused outside of families by adults known to them;
Children abused and neglected by professional carers, within an institutional setting, or by foster carers, or anywhere else where children are cared for away from home;
0 Children abused by strangers;
0 Children abused by other young people;
Young perpetrators of abuse;
0 Children involved in prostitution; and
0 Children who misuse drugs and alcohol.
Activities of the Child Protection Committee will include:
Raising awareness within the community, including faith and minority ethnic communities, among statutory, voluntary and independent agencies, about how everybody can contribute to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare:
Working together across agencies to identify and act upon concerns about a childs safety and welfare;
Working together across agencies to help those children who have suffered, or who are at continuing risk of significant harm in order to safeguard such children and promote their welfare; and
Advising and informing the overall development of services for children and families.
The Dumfries and Galloway Child Protection Committee is a co-ordinating body accountable to the main organisations that constitute it. As it is accountable to its constituent agencies, their agreement is required for all work that has implications for policy, planning and the allocation of resources. Programmes of work will be agreed and endorsed at a senior level within each of the main agencies and a report on progress of the previous year will be set out in an annual business plan.
The Child Protection Committee will report regularly to the Childrens Committee to keep the Council and Health appraised of issues and progress. It will also maintain close working links with the Childrens Services Executive Group.
PAD - Role, Responsibilities and Membership of CPC
Appendix 1 2 Child Protection Committee and Childrens Services Planning
Dumfries and Galloway Council, through Childrens Services, has lead responsibility for the effective working of the Child Protection Committee. All the main constituent agencies are responsible for contributing fully and effectively to its work.
The Child Protection Committee works within a wider planning environment. The Council has published a Childrens Services Plan bringing together all aspects of services for children. This plan looks widely at the needs of children and the way local services work together to meet those needs. It includes specific priorities and proposals for improving childrens services and details of who will take what action and how outcomes will be monitored.
The Dumfries and Galloway Childrens Services Executive Group monitors the progress of this plan and develops further proposals. Through this body, and in partnership with other agencies, Dumfries and Galloway Council as a whole considers how all services can be improved to promote the overall welfare of children. The intended outcome is a plan to which all local services are signed up and committed to putting into effect. Within this wider childrens services planning framework, different services work together in different forums to plan coordinated action in areas relevan