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Title: Early Years Safeguarding Briefing

Early Years Safeguarding Briefing
  • Autumn term 2013
  • Ceri McAteer Early Years Safeguarding Adviser
  • 01793 465740
  • 0774178011

Agenda 1.00 - Welcome and housekeeping
arrangements 1.05 -1.35 Renu Rana, Conferences
and Core Groups and the Signs of Safety 1.40
-2.25 NSPCC - Leigh Ann Bowen and Jan Davidson
with information about support programmes
available for families in Swindon and
nationally. 2.25 -2.45 - Comfort break 2.45
-3.30 Ceri McAteer - National and Local Updates
including key messages from recent serious case
reviews and guidance for completing your annual
EY safeguarding audit.

Child Protection Conferences and Core Groups
Renu Rana
Child Protection Conferences and Signs of Safety
Child Protection Conferences
  • Purpose
  • Expectations of Professionals
  • Provision of reports
  • What happens after the conference, Core Groups.
  • Signs of Safety Framework.

  • Bringing together and analysing information from
    all agencies about childs health and
    developmental needs and how parents can ensure
    childs safety.
  • Making judgements about likelihood of child
    suffering harm, continuing to do so and any
    future harm, due to actions or inactions of
  • Consider the views of parents, carers and
  • What future action is required to safeguard and
    promote the child's welfare. Action Plan devised.
  • Decision All agency participants make a
    decision based on the information shared.
    Unacceptable to abstain.
  • Legal planning

Expectations of Professionals
  • A representative from each agency invited should
  • Remain for entire conference, until decision is
  • Should share all relevant information about
    children, parents and significant adults.
  • Weigh up all of the information that has been
    shared at the conference and form opinion about
    the risk to the child.
  • Decisions at the conference, Child Protection
    Plan or a Child in Need Plan. Chair takes the
    majority view, if there is a split then Chair
    will make the final decision.
  • Become a core group member and will attend core
    group meetings.
  • Check the accuracy of minutes and make a comment
    on this.

  • Typed report on SBC format, detailing involvement
    with child, parents and significant adults.
  • Share your report with children and parents.
  • Professionals to be aware that failure to share
    any information of a child which leads to child
    being harmed, is viewed as serious neglect of
    duty to protect children.

Core group
  • CPC will identify the membership of a core group
    of professionals and family members, who will
    develop and implement the child protection Plan.
  • Lead social worker will chair the meeting, all
    members have a joint responsibility for carrying
    out agreed tasks, monitoring the effectiveness
    and refining the plan as necessary. Check out
    what is working and not working.
  • 1st core group is 10 days of Initial child
    protection conference. Core group can decide
    when to have the next one. 6-8 weeks after any
    review meeting.

Jerry 1
Leon 8
Leigh Ann and Jan from The NSPCC
Early Years Safeguarding Audit
Local and National Updates
Recent serious case reviews
  • Little Stars Nursery Birmingham 2010 - Paul
  • Daniel Pelka-Coventry, Autumn 2011-March 2012

Little Stars
  • Nov 2009-Student teacher reports
  • inappropriate behaviour by Wilson-nothing
  • May 2010-Teacher files incident form after
    hearing 3 year old child screaming and finding
    Wilson alone with her-No action taken.
  • August 2010-Staff member reports concerns to
    Ofsted treated as a professional practice
    issue. Wilson not spoken to.
  • August 2010-Wilson files a smokescreen
    complaint about problems at the nursery.
  • Jan 2011 Wilson is finally caught, images on
    his phone of him raping the girl at nursery.

Little Stars Paul Wilson was jailed
in July 2011 for 13 years 6 months Eventually
caught when a 13 year old girl reported that an
unidentified male was trying to engage her in
sexual activity over the internet. Charged with
2 counts of rape, 16 counts of causing or
inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, 25
counts of making indecent images and 3 counts of
distributing images of children.
Little Stars - brief summary of findings from
Serious Case Review
  • Special relationships should be scrutinised and
    particular attention paid to situations where the
    child is considered to be vulnerable.
  • Abuse would not have happened in another setting
    because of rules enhance external inhibitors
  • Robust recruitment procedures, close knit
    community, no clear boundaries.
  • Importance of regular supervision
  • The layout of the nursery

Daniel Pelka
  • School concerns-losing weight, scavenging for
    food, physical injuries (13 recorded), poor
  • No clear protocol for recording injuries
  • No coherent overview of situation, each concern
    treated individually instead of looking at the
    full picture
  • Poor child protection policy, no clear
  • No enquiry into Daniels alleged medical problem
  • Mum was very plausible
  • Small school- assumption that all information was
    being shared

Brief summary of findings from Daniel Pelka
Serious Case Review
  • Daniel described as invisible. No professional
    tried sufficiently hard enough" to talk to him,
    EAL interpreter should have been used
  • Roles of staff were not clear
  • Staff were trained in safeguarding but didnt
    apply their knowledge
  • Instances of concern considered in isolation.
  • Health and behavioural issues were not linked
    with abuse
  • Not enough urgency by school in addressing

Brief summary of findings from Daniel Pelka
Serious Case Review
  • Domestic abuse should always be considered to be
    a child protection concern
  • All injuries should be considered not just
    serious ones such as broken arm.
  • All settings need robust CP procedures, even
    small settings
  • Professionals must think the unthinkable and
    give consideration to abuse, linked with
    professional optimism

Escalation Policy
Occasionally situations arise when workers within
one agency feel that the decision made by a
worker from another agency on a child protection
or child in need case is not a safe decision.
Disagreements could arise in a number of areas,
but are most likely to arise around Levels of
Need Roles and responsibilities The need for
action Communication
5 stages
What happens when you call 466903?
  • Family Contact Point
  • 5 advice and information officers
  • Initial information gathering

CHIN and lower level concerns
Child protection cases
Training update
  • Change to titles
  • Basic awareness level 1
  • Foundation plus level 2
  • Advanced / Intermediate
  • level 3
  • Updates for DCPCs / deputies 2 yearly
  • Change to what qualifies as update
  • http//www.swindonlscb.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx
  • http//schoolsonline.swindon.gov.uk/eyc/Pages/Home

Schoolsonline New source for EY safeguarding
  • http//schoolsonline.swindon.gov.uk/Pages/Home.asp
  • Kathy MacDonald invitations to launch
  • Watch out for further EY training-CWD website

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