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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 2019 - 21.

Resources to improve practice

Visit the main Resources to improve practice page for more information and our range of multimedia resources.

Statutory reviews: Published and referrals to One Panel

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)

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.

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

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

Serious Case Review for Child A and B

In June 2018 Child B, aged 14 made contact with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and disclosed that neither he nor his older sister who was 16 years old at the time had ever been to school or received home schooling. Child B reported that he and his sibling were confined to the house by their parents and allowed out to the park only outside school hours. The children were told by their parents to hide when professionals visited the family home. Their mother had physical health issues as well as anxiety and panic attacks.

This is a very unusual situation. The children were very effectively hidden from agencies both physically and in terms of records so agencies were not aware of their presence until child B contacted the NSPCC.

This case was very unusual for both Waltham Forest and nationally. When the review was completed the child A and B were asked their opinion about publication and they both agreed to the review being published.

Serious Case Review for child D

The Mother of child D experienced domestic abuse prior to her pregnancy and had to flee from her abuser, the father of the child. Mother then lived in east London and was isolated with very limited support/friends, and no family. Mother has been living in Newham when she booked for her pregnancy and before Child D was born, she moved to Waltham Forest where she lived in a Refuge for women experiencing domestic abuse. When Child D was four months old and at the time of his death Child D was in the sole care of his Mother and living in temporary studio accommodation in Hackney, sourced by London Borough Waltham Forest Housing. The coroner gave the cause of death as “Unexplained”

SCR child D 7-minute briefing for all practitioners working with adults, children and families

This 7-minute briefing has been designed to enable lessons to be disseminated easily and quickly to front line practitioners/managers and senior managers across the partnership. It only takes 7 minutes to go through in a team meeting, or supervision, or peer/group supervision. There are links/signposting to further reading and resources such as the full report and our bitesize videos which you can also read/watch in team meetings etc.

The purpose of an SCR is to learn lessons about how we can improve practice so please take 7 minutes out of your day to read this briefing and reflect on what changes you could make to your practice so that together as a partnership we can embed the changes into all our work with families.

Safeguarding Adult Review - Mark

Mark was 48 years old and lived in a housing association property. He was described as a friendly person.  Mark became friends with a group of people within the same block who were involved in anti-social behaviour and used alcohol and drugs. He suffered from ill physical heath due to alcohol use and had a history of mental health issues.  Mark was involved in criminal behaviour and showed early signs of self-neglect and was frequently “cuckooed” when a friend took over his flat and changed the lock so Mark was not able to enter.  Mark was murdered and one of people he had become friends with was convicted of his murder in June 2019.

Escalation/How to resolve professional disagreements

These escalation letters advise how to take action using the appropriate channels when you believe that your professional opinions have not been acted on appropriately. For example, if you have concerns regarding the lack of response to professional opinions and judgments expressed by your staff about safeguarding matters including concerns that social care services are not taking appropriate actions regarding the well-being of a child or an adult at risk or are not responding in a timely fashion to your concerns.

Annual reports 2018/19

Health and Wellbeing Board

Safety Net

Safeguarding Adults Board

Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board 

Child Death Review


Suzanne Elwick
Head of Strategic Partnerships 
07971 322494

Neil Young
Strategic Partnership Coordinator 
Health and Wellbeing Board 
07891 544651    

Louise Griffiths
Strategic Partnership Coordinator 
SAB and SafetyNet
07966 768215   

Zahra Jones 
Strategic Partnership Coordinator
Safeguarding Children Board
07968 693191

Bella Lowen
Health & Wellbeing Project Officer
Child Death Review
07891 958033     



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