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Strategic Partnership Boards

The Strategic Partnership Unit spans across the four strategic partnership boards to help them work together and improve outcomes for residents. 

The four partnership boards are:

The unit provides policy support and strategic planning to all the boards. This includes work to support the development of annual business plans for the boards and monitoring the delivery of the plans through a range of subgroups, sub-committees and tasks and finish groups.

The unit identifies opportunities to do undertake cross-cutting work across more than one board which will lead to reduce duplication and promote joint working.

View the priorities of the four strategic boards 2017-19

Read the latest spotlight bulletins:

Safe & Well Campaign June 2018

In June our Safe & Well Campaign raised awareness of the work done to deliver a total of seventeen priorities for the four Strategic Partnership Boards:
Health and Wellbeing Board, SafetyNet, Waltham Forest Safeguarding Adults Board and Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board.

As frontline practitioners, you may not be aware of the boards or how their work directly relates to yours and we want to change this. We also want to raise awareness of these priorities that all deal with significant issues that impact on our residents and share good practice with you about how we can all improve our practice in these areas.

There were a range of activities in June including seminars, presentations, hearing from users about their experiences, good practice case studies, training, resources to watch, read and listen to, signposting, and sharing good practice, etc.

As part of this activity we circulated a number of 'spotlight' emails to colleagues across the partnership to highlight a particular area of practice or one of our seventeen priorities. If you missed any of these you can view them here and they contain lots of useful information and links to resources that can support your work with individuals and/or families in Waltham Forest. We are currently evaluating all the events so that we can improve the campaign for next year.

1. Safe and well launch.pdf (283 KB)
2. Safe and well Spotlight on Strategic Boards.pdf (228 KB)
3. Safe and well Spotlight on Think Family.pdf (236 KB)
4. Safe and well Spotlight on Professional Curiosity.pdf (258 KB)
5a. Safe Well Spotlight on Child Neglect.pdf (415 KB)
5b. Safe and well Good Practice Example Working with child neglect.pdf (221 KB)
6a. Safe and Well Spotlight on MSP.pdf (250 KB)
6b. Adult Safeguarding what happens next leaflet.pdf (288 KB)
6c. MSP meeting guidance.pdf (288 KB)
7. Safe and Well Spotlight on mental wellbeing.pdf (237 KB)
8a. Safe and Well Spotlight on Pressure Care.pdf (348 KB)
8b. Pressure ulcer leaflet.pdf (1.3 MB)
9. Safe and Well Spotlight on Quality and Standards.pdf (234 KB)
10. Safe and Well Spotlight on Cuckooing.pdf (242 KB)

DfE Together, we can tackle child abuse campaign

Together, we can tackle child abuse is a Government campaign to raise awareness and encourage members of the public to report child abuse and neglect. The campaign aims to encourage the public to report their concerns in order to get help to children more quickly. 

To find out more download campaign information sheet.

Strategic Partnership Executive

The Strategic Partnership Executive provides leadership across all the boards and is chaired by Linzi Roberts-Egan, Deputy Chief Executive of Families and Homes, LBWF, the membership includes the chairs of the four boards and senior managers from the partnership.

The Learning and Improving Practice

This forum oversees a multi-agency audit programme. Multi-agency means everyone who worked with the family, such as health, adult social care, education or police.

Visit the main Learning and Improving Practice page for more information including video guides and documents.

Statutory reviews

The purpose of the reviews is about learning lessons so we can improve future practice. In Waltham Forest we take a Think Family approach and look at system level learning so we can understand how we need to change the system/s under which practitioners work to improve practice in the future.

Safeguarding Adult Reviews: The Care Act requires the Safeguarding Adult Board (SAB) to undertake a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) when an adult in its area with care and support needs

  • dies of abuse or neglect, whether known or suspected or the adult has not died, but the SAB knows or suspects that the adult has experienced **serious abuse or neglect and
  • there is concern that partner agencies could have worked more effectively to protect the adult.

Serious Case Reviews: Local Safeguarding Children Boards are required under Working Together 2015 and Regulation 5 of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations 2006 to undertake Serious Case Reviews in cases where

  • abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected; and
  • (b) either — (i) the child has died; or (ii) the child has been seriously harmed and there is cause for concern as to the way in which the authority, their Board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child circumstances,

Domestic Homicide Reviews:  The Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act section 9 requires Domestic Homicide Reviews to be undertaken when the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have:

  • resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by
  • (a) a person to whom s/he was related or with whom s/he was or had been in an intimate personal relationship,


  • (b) a member of the same household as her/himself, held with a view to identifying the lessons to be learnt from the death

Please note that historical statutory reviews are available on request from the Strategic Partnerships Team.

Serious Case Review Fartuun and Halgan

The two sisters, Fartuun and Halgan, aged 14 and 15, who lived in Waltham Forest and attended a school in Tower Hamlets, were removed from school by their mother and taken to Somaliland. In Somaliland they were enrolled in a school where they were to be de-westernised and here they experienced abuse and neglect.  The sisters were able to make contact with friends and were then supported by Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Police to return to the UK. On return the sisters were taken into Police Protection and taken into the care of the local authority.

The One Panel - Referrals for statutory reviews

The One Panel consists of senior officers from different agencies such as health, children social care, adult social care, community safety and police.  

It receives referrals on cases that may meet the criteria for a statutory review, such as a Safeguarding Adults Review, a Serious Case Review and a Domestic Homicide Review.

The panel also receives referrals for local learning events, for cases that do not meet the criteria for a statutory review.

This responsibility has been given to the One Panel by the Safeguarding Adults Board, Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board and SafetyNet.

The panel discusses the referrals and use statutory criteria to make recommendations to the relevant board chair. The final decision is then made about what type of review takes place.

It works within a Think Family framework, so that when supporting any member of a family the needs of the whole family are explored and considered.

Read the One Panel terms of reference (pdf 278KB)

View all published statutory reviews including Safeguarding Adult Reviews, Serious Case Reviews and Domestic Homicide Reviews.

To make a referral download the One Panel referral form (word 25KB)


Safeguarding Adolescents: A Practice Guide

This Practice Guide aims to equip all professionals in Waltham Forest working with adolescents with ways of working that will improve the response to children aged between 10-18 who experience risk or harm, and includes up to date information about adolescent development. It also aims to remind practitioners that adolescence is a complicated phase of development for both the adolescent and the care givers (e.g. parents) and to understand the vulnerability they are exposed to. The approaches in the Practice Guide deal with both support and enforcement methods, as different combinations of these elements are required at different times.

Safeguarding Adolescents: A Practice Guide.pdf (1.2 MB)

Self neglect policy

The Strategic Partnerships Board launched the Self neglect policy  at the Think Family Child and Adult Neglect Conference on the 9 December 2016.

This self-neglect document sets out guidance and procedure for responding to cases of self-neglect, including hoarding, which acknowledges issues of dignity and choice. This can be a difficult and complex area for intervention as issues of capacity and life style choice are often involved which involve finding the right balance between respecting a person’s autonomy and fulfilling their duty to protect the adult’s health and wellbeing. Both perspectives can be supported by human rights arguments.

The Care Act 2014 statutory guidance includes self-neglect and hoarding in the categories of abuse or neglect relevant to safeguarding adults with care and support needs. In some circumstances, where there is a serious risk to the health and wellbeing of an individual, it may be appropriate to raise a safeguarding concern directly linked to self-neglect. In other situations, it acknowledged that interventions in relation to self-neglect may be more appropriate under the parts of the Care Act dealing with assessment, planning, information and advice, and prevention.

Self Neglect Policy.pdf (1.2 MB)

Child Neglect Resource for multi-agency working

WFSCB are pleased to advise that Waltham Forest Child Neglect Resource for Multiagency Working is now available on the website.  This has been produced by a multi-agency group of practitioners from across the partnership to support the WFSCB priority work around child neglect. Please use this to add to your understanding and practice in relation to child neglect and cascade and share with colleagues in your organisation and networks.”

Child Neglect Resource for Multiagency Working.doc (1.1 MB)

Think Family Approach

In Waltham Forest we recognise that in order to support families to make changes that are helpful and long lasting we need to work with all the members of the family. If we understand and recognise that the needs and desired outcomes of each person in the family affect each other, we are more likely to support and enable sustainable change.

Some services are already working within a Think Family approach and we now want to embed this in all services and agencies in the borough.

This will require us all to work differently, but with the same aim of working with families to achieve their outcomes. We believe that this document will help inform and create a common approach across all agencies, across adult and children services.

Think Family Approach.pdf (950 KB)

Safeguarding in the community, voluntary and faith sector

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. If you are worried that a child or adult with care and support needs is at risk of harm, it is your duty to raise a safeguarding concern. This document gives an overview of resources and telephone numbers for reporting concerns.

Safeguarding in the community, voluntary and faith sector.pdf (154 KB)

Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board Horizon Scanning Document

This briefing provides an overview of key research and policy developments, emerging issues and good practice examples relating to safeguarding children and the priorities of the Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board for 2018/19 (namely Adolescents Safeguarding, Neglect and Safeguarding in Settings). This is in order to provide a national context to the work of the Board and ensure that the Board is aware and takes account of recent research, policy and legislative developments and emerging issues and good practice.

Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board evidence briefing


Suzanne Elwick
Head of Strategic Partnerships
Mobile: 07971 322494

Neil Young
Strategic Partnership Coordinator
Health and Wellbeing Board
Mobile: 07891 544651

Louise Griffiths
Strategic Partnership Coordinator
SAB and SafetyNet
Mobile: 07966 768215

Zahra Jones
Strategic Partnership Coordinator
Safeguarding Children Board
07968 693191

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