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Resources to improve practice

The Learning and Improving Practice 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.

An audit is when someone who was not involved in working directly with a family looks at how agencies have worked with them and reflects on whether the practice was as expected or if improvements are needed.

All activity is multi-agency and where possible within a Think Family approach. This means that when we’re working with one individual in a family, we also consider everyone else in that family and what their needs are.

Our training offer centres around areas of practice that are of interest to the Boards.

We run the Safe & Well Campaign each year.

You can find all of our training sessions here.

Video Guides

Learn about the four strategic boards in Waltham Forest; Health and Wellbeing Board (HWBB), SafetyNet, Waltham Forest Safeguarding Adults Board (WFSAB) and Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board (WFSCB). We are proud of how differently we do things in Waltham Forest, with the boards working closely to achieve the best outcomes for our residents. We want to ensure as practitioners you feel connected to this work.

BSG Safeguarding adolescents

BSG Safeguarding Adolescents from Waltham Forest Council on Vimeo.

Bitesize guide: Alcohol

Bitesize guide: Self-neglect

Bitesize guide: Mental wellbeing

Training

Managing allegations made against people who work with children

Who should attend?

Anyone working with children or in agencies that deliver services to children, including volunteers

Aims:

  • Highlight the role of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) in managing concerns of suitability and allegations
  • Gain an understanding of the process of managing allegations against professionals

Outcome:

Participants will have improved confidence of knowing what to do when presented with a child safeguarding allegation against a professional

  • Monday 5 March 2018 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 29 March 2018 9.30am -12.30pm

All sessions will take place at Waltham Forest Town Hall.

Please be advised that these training sessions are for Waltham Forest staff only. You can register to attend any of these sessions on our Event Brite page.

Completing investigations in relation to safeguarding allegations against people who work with children

Who should attend?

All safeguarding Leads/Managers of those who work with Children

Aims:

  • Highlight the role of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) in managing concerns of suitability and allegations
  • To gain an understanding of the aims of the investigation and its process
  • To increase knowledge about the areas an investigation should cover when there has been an allegation made against a person who works with children 

Outcome:

Participants will have improved confidence of knowing what to do when presented with a child safeguarding allegation against a professional.

  • Tuesday 13 March 2018 5.30pm - 8pm
  • Thursday 29 March 2018 1pm - 4.30pm

All sessions will take place at Waltham Forest Town Hall.

Please be advised that these training sessions are for Waltham Forest staff only. You can register to attend any of these sessions on our Event Brite page.

Resources

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

Safe & Well 2019

 

Read the following documents:

Learning and improving forum terms of reference (120KB pdf file)

DFE Together we can tackle child abuse campaign (150KB pdf file)

Think Family brief (155KB pdf file)

Self Neglect brief (83KB pdf file)

Child Neglect brief (pdf 148KB)

Referrals Brief (151KB pdf file)

Think Family brief(155KB pdf file)

Early Help brief (155KB pdf file)

Voice of the child brief (200KB pdf file)

Core groups brief (200KB pdf file)

Emotional Harm brief (200KB pdf file)

Adult and child neglect conference - presentation by the chair of the conference (1MB ppt file)

Adult and child neglect conference - presentation by Professor Suzy Bray (1MB ppt file)

Spotlights/mini briefings

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