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Resources to improve practice

In Waltham Forest we have built a culture of continuous learning and development. This work is led by the Learning & Improving Practice Forum that ensures learning from reviews and audits is shared across the multi-agency partnership.

The aim of the forum is to provide a think family approach to learning and improving practice across the four strategic boards: Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board (WFSCB), SafetyNet, and Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB).

We have developed a variety of resources to support how we improve practice and these can be found below. Our training offer centres around areas of practice that are of interest to the Boards and all training sessions can be found here.

Bitesize 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.

 You can watch our bitsize films or if you prefer, read the scrips:


Child neglect

Core groups

Domestic abuse

Early Help

Emotional harm 

Language matters 

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Making referrals

Making safeguarding personal

Mental wellbeing

Private fostering

Professional curiosity

Safeguarding Adolescents


Think Family

Thresholds and practice for working with children and families in Waltham Forest

Voice of the child

Waltham Forest Strategic Partnership Boards


We do things differently in Waltham Forest. All four boards work closely to make the best use of resources, which makes the greatest impact on improving outcomes for our residents. Therefore, our training offer centres around areas of practice that are of interest to all the Boards.

As frontline practitioners you may not be aware of the boards or how their work directly relates to yours, so each year, we run the ‘Safe & Well’ campaign to raise awareness of issues related to the board priorities as well as areas of practice that we know we can improve on.

There are a range of activities that take place, such as 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. 

All training and learning events are free and can be found on Eventbrite. Click here to view and to attend any events. We update this regularly so do keep checking in.


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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Spotlights/mini briefings

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