County Partnership Board meeting: June 2018
Home education: There was a report delivered about home education and the reasons behind this. Here are some of the highlights-
- There has been a 21% increase in home education over the last year in the UK
- There has been a 60% increase in Essex over the past 2 years.
The main reason stated was dissatisfaction with school. The majority of cases are of secondary school age and from Basildon, Colchester and Tendering areas.
More yr11’s are entering home education than any other yr group (50%). Only 1% of these yr 11’s had always been home educated. 50% entered into home education in the last year and 32% entered in the last 6 months. (Only 4% of home educated students are registered as having SEN in Essex and 24% have social care involvement.)
There was a discussion about parents being more aware of home education and taking their children out of school more quickly, and reports of schools that recommended more often to parents that they home educate their disruptive students. What the figures don’t show are the ones that are doing it well and legitimately.
The chair of the board said that he would raise this as an issue at a national level.
Housing: I raised an issue that was a cause for concern by our ECVYS members at Cluster meetings about families being housed in converted warehouses in Essex and the sites and locations not being fit for purpose. It was agreed by the board that this will be looked into further and a presentation will be delivered to the board about this.
Family Innovation Fund update: The local transformation fund might bring more funding to the family innovation fund pot but there is not as much money available for early intervention through the FIF as there was previously. ECC are looking for South/West and Mid/North contracts and it will be a grant model with chances to role the grant over for another year. They will be focusing on groups where they know intervention needs to happen earlier.
ECVYS are facilitating an event with ECC so that interested groups can come together and find out more about consortium and applying for the FIF grant. The event will be on the 18th July at ECC and you can book in by contacting maria at Maria.Blanche@essex.gov.uk
ECVYS Presentation: ECVYS had been asked to give a presentation about the work that we do. This presentation was really well received and it was a pleasure to be asked.
Young Carers: It is estimated that there is in excess of 10,000 young carers in Essex who provide unpaid care to someone everyday (under 18’s). There are potentially 12,00 as there are some that are ‘hidden’.
The children’s commissioner in England says that there are more than 160,000 young carers in England.
ECC are looking into long term tracking so that they can keep an eye on young carers throughout their school lives. They will also build up the young carers web presence, make clearer links with Kooth (online counselling service) and other voluntary sector providers. ECC want to set up quadrant based support networks, and a key workers support team. Two new school support workers with help schools raise awareness of the issue.
ESCB has been working with each of the stay safe groups to develop some free local events. All the information including how to book is below;
In conjunction with the ESCB (Essex Safeguarding Children Board) our local Essex Stay Safe groups are delivering a free safeguarding conference designed to bring together those working with children and families in Essex. The events will be a mixture of speakers and practical workshops to bring you up to date with key themes for safeguarding in 2018.
The event aims to provide an interactive opportunity for multi-agency colleagues:
To go away with practical resources to support their work with children and families
To hear about key projects and new developments that aid early intervention to reduce risks
To be informed of impact achieved through partnership working
To have an opportunity to inform priorities going forward
Working Together and Safeguarding in West Essex
Working Together and Safeguarding in North East Essex
Working Together and Safeguarding in Mid Essex
Chelmsford, 9.30am-3.00pm, 22 March 2018 Book your place
Early Help and Safeguarding-A Partnership Approach in South Essex
Each year the South Essex Children’s Partnership Board holds a stakeholder event. This year we are amalgamating with South Stay Safe.
Calling all CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) Champions!
If you are an existing CSE Champion, don’t forget you need to update your Champion Status. The deadline is 31st January 2018.
Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedure
Chapter 7 (Allegations) Updates
Chapter 7 (Allegations) of the SET Procedures has been refreshed to align with current practice and also recent case law around suspension of employees. The updated procedures are available here and can also be accessed on the ESCB website.
New ESCB Procedure – Concealed Pregnancy
A new Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Procedure has today been launched – Presentation of Concealed, Denied or Late Booking in Pregnancy or Where a Woman or Young Person is known to have Concealed, Denied or Booked Late in Pregnancy Previously.
This procedure is for anyone who may become aware of a woman or young person who may be concealing or denying that she is pregnant or has booked late during her pregnancy AND where this raises safeguarding concerns for her unborn child.
The concealment, denial or late booking in pregnancy can present a significant challenge in safeguarding the welfare and wellbeing of the fetus (unborn child) and the mother. While concealment, denial and late booking, by their very nature, limit the scope of professional help, better outcomes can be achieved by coordinating an effective inter-agency approach.
This procedure will be used as a stand-alone document until the full SET Procedures are revised later this year.
We need your feedback on… Professional conflict resolution process (SET Procedures Chapter 11)
Through reviews locally and feedback from those working with children and families across Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) it has become apparent that the process for professional conflict resolution within the SET Procedures is not always used effectively or even known about.
The SET Procedures Working Group are asking you to take the time to complete the following survey to help us understand why this might be, suggestions for improvement and examples of good practice.
It’s really important we gain as many views as possible as the feedback from this survey will be presented to the SET Procedures Working Group (on behalf of their LSCBs) who will then make decisions on the actions required and will feed into the overall review of the SET Procedures later this year.
Please complete the survey by Monday 19 February. Communications regarding the actions agreed at the SET Working Group will be circulated in due course.
The Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) has recently published its Annual Report, highlighting its accomplishments in serving one of the largest child populations in the country. The report is summarised in the following pages and can be read in full on the ESCB website. The Board’s work has only been achieved because of the commitment and efforts of the Board’s administrative team, led by Alison Cutler, and by the wide range of professionals who take part in Sub-committees and local ‘Stay Safe’ groups.
CSE Champions – Sign up and Get Involved!
What does being a CSE Champion mean?
A champion in your organisation ensures you have a link to the most up to date information about CSE in Essex
Keeps your organisation up to date with localised changes and up to date with localised CSE risk assessment / tools etc.
The Champions role is to cascade knowledge through their organisations
What support is there from ESCB (Essex Safeguarding Children’s Board)?
They will be offering twice yearly themed CSE Champions Forums – ensuring that they are hitting on key subjects that are current within Essex and where possible will be delivered by experts in the field. 2017 -2018 forums are:
November – Working with parents (delivered by The Children’s Society); Understanding Perpetrators and multi-agency planning (delivered by NWG CSE Response Unit)
Jan/Feb – Working with children & young people (delivered by Children and Young People); Understanding adolescent trauma and risk taking in response to CSE (delivered by NWG CSE Response Unit
What do I have to do?
There are new standards set out across the CSE Champion Role rather than delivering it as a one off training event:
You need to have completed a basic awareness course in CSE
You need to have completed a safeguarding course
You must complete the Online CSE Toolbox Training – free and available through us, the link below tells you how to apply
You need to have your line management approval
You need to have the free Gold Membership – free and available through ESCB, the link below tells you how to apply
It is an expectation of all CSE Champions to attend at least 1 of the Forums a year – this ensures they are kept informed and supported in their development in relation to CSE
How do I apply?
To apply for CSE Champion all details are:
It is a fairly straight forward process, so please consider signing up
N.B – Please link direct with ESCB via the link if you need any further information
The CYPPB is a multi agency body invested in the wellbeing of children and young people across Essex. It has produced a strategic partnership plan that each agency is committed to delivering and monitoring against its priorities.
The ECVYS Director sits on the Countywide board as a voice for the voluntary sector. There are updates from these meetings, and each of the local board meetings below. We aim to have an ECVYS rep on each of these boards so that we can speak on behalf of the voluntary sector.
Please take a look at the up and coming issues highlighted from each meeting and let the ECVYS Director know if there is anything that you would like to comment on or make your voice heard about.
There is a new update from the child exploitation project manager on her blog. Read it here
Countywide CYPPB Update: 2nd March 2017- Rachel Brett- ECVYS Director.
♦ Virgin Care and Barnardo’s have been awarded the 0-19’s contract. This has affected many of our current groups. The new providers will be seeking to engage with the voluntary sector. Let me know if you have any specific comments that you would like me to feed into this conversation
♦ A report was given from the CME (children missing education) sub group. The report shows a concern for those children and young people that are not in Education as they are at higher risk of abuse. There will be a media campaign soon to highlight this issue.
♦ Gangs and youth violence is raising a concern in Essex as figures show that it is on the rise. The Youth Offending Service are tackling this by trying to raise aspirations with young people at local colleges. The youth service are making their youth workers have a more visible presence in the community- especially at local train stations.
♦ Vulnerably housed families are on the rise in Essex. Concerns were raised at families being moved into Essex from other boroughs with little or no support, and into accommodation that is not suitable for families. This is something that the childrens partnership board will be keeping a close eye on and working with housing to identify ways to support families more.
Local CYPPB Updates
West: ECVYS member rep – Luke Lowrie – The Red Balloon Family
Mid: ECVYS member rep – Rachel Brett – ECVYS Director
South: ECVYS member rep – Mark Tiddy – Diocese of Chelmsford
North: ECVYS member rep – Jane Blomeley Colchester Y.E.S.