The Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership

About the BSCP

About us

welcome

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Welcome to the Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership website.

Our aim is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Barnet, and to achieve this we work collectively to improve safeguarding practice and respond to local issues.

We welcome professionals, volunteers, parents, carers, and - most importantly - children and young people to our website. We hope the different sections help you to understand our work and provide useful information about local services and how to tackle abuse and neglect. 

Our vision

Our vision is to enable children, young people and families to thrive and achieve, and a core part of our approach is to foster resilience. We aim to create a Family Friendly Borough, a place where children and young people excel and enjoy living.

We bring together a broad spectrum of organisations in Barnet who work with children and young people and our new board structure has allowed us to collaborate more effectively with a range of partners. We strive to work closely with children and young people, as well as practitioners and volunteers in Barnet, to hear their views and experiences and use this to shape our priorities.

Our purpose is to support and enable local organisations and agencies to work together in a system where:

  • children are safeguarded and their welfare promoted
  • partner organisations and agencies collaborate, share and co-own the vision for how to achieve improved outcomes for vulnerable children
  • organisations and agencies challenge appropriately and hold one another to account effectively
  • there is early identification and analysis of new safeguarding issues and emerging threats
  • learning is promoted and embedded in a way that local services for children and families can become more reflective and implement changes to practice which are shaped by the experiences and concerns of Barnet children and families
  • information is shared effectively to facilitate more accurate and timely decision making for children and families.

The statutory safeguarding partners in Barnet      

Kay Matthews Director of Quality, North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group

John Hooton Chief Executive, London Borough of Barnet

Barry Loader Detective Superintendent, Head of Safeguarding, North West Basic Command Unit, Metropolitan Police Service

We coordinate our activities through our board structure which involves all our local partners. To find out more about what we do, please take a look at our annual reports and multi-agency safeguarding arrangements

Get in touch

We'd love to hear from you, if you have any questions, suggestions or comments about the work of Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership please drop us an email at bscp@barnet.gov.uk.

Multi-agency safeguarding arrangements

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Barnet Children Safeguarding Partnership’s new multi-agency arrangements for child safeguarding can be viewed here. This sets our local arrangements, board structure, funding and governance for how we will safeguard and improve the wellbeing of children and young people in Barnet.

Background

In 2015 the government commissioned a review into Local Children’s Safeguarding Boards by Alan Wood. The report published in 2016 made a number of recommendations on how safeguarding partners, such as local authorities, police and clinical commissioning groups should work together.

The government supported a number of findings, agreeing that effective multi-agency arrangements were ones that were responsive to local circumstances and engaged the right people. They agreed that the current system for local child safeguarding partnerships was too inflexible and needed to change. 

Working Together to Safeguard Children July 2018 is statutory guidance that replaces Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015. The new guidance supports key changes put into law by the Social Work and Children Act 2017.

What’s different?

Local Safeguarding Children's Boards are no longer statutory and will be replaced by multi-agency safeguarding arrangements or MASA. The new arrangements must be in place and published by June 2019.

The guidance does not prescribe what this new arrangement should look like, only that responsibility rests with three safeguarding partners ‘with a shared and equal duty to make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in a local area’.

These partners will provide the strategic leadership for safeguarding children. Under the Children’s Act 2004 as amended by the Children and Social Work Act 2017; these three safeguarding partners are:

  • the local authority Chief Executive
  • a clinical commissioning group for an area any part of which falls within the local authority area
  • the chief officer of police for an area any part of which falls within the local authority area.

Many of the functions that the new MASA will undertake will be similar to those under Local Children Safeguarding Boards, such as implementing local and national learning from serious case reviews.

The BSCP has taken the opportunity to look afresh at how as partners we work together to improve outcomes for children and young people in Barnet.

We have made a number of key changes to our governance to streamline the number of meetings and improve the effectiveness of working when we do come together. This is set out in detail in our multi-agency safeguarding arrangements.

We are focused on working with families, local communities and local services to provide our children with the support and opportunities they require at all stages of their life. We recognise how strong partnerships and communities are essential to making sure that Barnet’s children and their families receive the best possible start in life and the best possible care and help when they need it. It is our ambition is to drive forward a strong partnership that enables children and families to thrive and achieve.

Our boards

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We have a number of boards which provide strategic oversight and deliver the work of Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership. Our multi-agency partners including Barnet Council, Metropolitan Police Service, North Central London CCG, health providers, education and the voluntary sector are represented across the boards. 

The terms of reference set out in more detail the objectives and membership of each of the groups, as well as how the boards interlink to improve safeguarding of children and young people in Barnet. 

If you have any questions about our board structure or would like to raise an item for consideration at one of our boards, please email BSCP@barnet.gov.uk

The Leadership Forum provide strategic direction for the Partnership with a membership of the three senior leaders from the London Borough of Barnet, Metropolitan Police Service and North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group. The Leadership Forum oversee all of the Partnership's activities and receive regular updates from the subgroups. Terms of reference here.

The Performance and Quality Assurance Panel has a crucial scrutiny and assurance function, reviewing multi-agency performance data and a range of annual reports including from the MASH, LADO, Vulnerable Adolescents Community Partnership, 0-19 Strategic Partnership and Education. PQA takes an active role in monitoring and advising many of the BSCP activities, including multi-agency audits, the training programme, Section 11 audits, Professional and Young People Forums and thematic deep dives. It also receives regular reports from the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector subgroup. Terms of reference here.

The Learning and Thematic Review Group is an independently chaired meeting looking at serious safeguarding incidents and deaths involving children and young people. It undertakes Rapid Reviews, oversees local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and other bespoke learning activities, and monitors the implementation of recommendations. It also reviews national Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and other relevant learning and good practice to implement in Barnet. Terms of reference here.

The Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector Group has recently been reinvigorated in Barnet with a new strategy and terms of reference. Its membership consists of larger community groups from Barnet and umbrella organisations which represent the VCF sector. Its aims are to bring the voice and knowledge of VCF organisations to the Partnership, as well as to improve safeguarding practice across the sector and increase engagement with Partnership activities and training.

Annual report

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Our annual report is published in line with Working Together 2018 and provides an update on our activities and impact over the past year. 

It outlines how Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership is fulfilling its statutory duties and the work of our local partners to safeguard children and young people. 

This is our 2018-19 annual report.

Our business plan for 2020-21 sets out our priorities and activities for the coming year, and we will report on our progress against this business plan in our next annual report. 

You can find our 2017-18 annual report here.

Refer a serious safeguarding case

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One of our core statutory duties as Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership is to respond to serious safeguarding cases and identify learning for local agencies.

We will carry out a Rapid Review with multi-agency partners to consider the case and see if there is potential learning if a case meets the following criteria:

  • Abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected 
  • Either the child has died or suffered significant harm (including long-term mental health impacts)
  • There is cause for concern about the way agencies worked together.

If Barnet local authority decide to submit a serious incident notification to Ofsted we must carry out a Rapid Review.

Partners can refer other relevant cases which meet the above criteria to our Learning and Thematic Review Group by contacting BSCP@Barnet.gov.uk and completing the referral form

Rapid Reviews

The Rapid Review will be led by our independent chair of the Learning and Thematic Review Group and will consider information known about the family, prior agency involvement and the potential to learn about multi-agency improvements.

The Rapid Review panel will decide on one of four options for further action:

  • National Child Safeguarding Practice Review recommended - if the case is believed to be of national relevance we will recommend the national panel carry out a review
  • Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review - BSCP will then appoint an independent reviewer and manage a review process to identify and implement recommendations for local improvements
  • Alternate learning options considered - if a case does not meet the Child Safeguarding Practice Review criteria but there is still local learning to draw out, other options will be considered such as a single-agency review
  • No further action - if there is no additional learning or concerns in relation to the case. 

Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

At the Rapid Review a decision is made about whether a Child Safeguarding Practice Review (formerly known as a Serious Case Review or SCR) should be carried out to explore in more detail the involvement of organisations and professionals in the lives of the child and the family.

The purpose of a Child Safeguarding Practice Review is to establish whether there are lessons to be learned from the case about the way in which local professionals and organisations work together to safeguard children, identify what needs to be changed and, as a consequence, improve inter-agency working to better safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  At the end of each Child Safeguarding Practice Review, a report is published.

Further information

For more information about BSCP's referral pathway and Rapid Review process, please see Barnet's referral document

We will conduct these processes in line with the London procedures, Working Together 2018 guidance and national guidance on Rapid Reviews

Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

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When a child dies or is seriously harmed, including death by suspected suicide, and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death, the Safeguarding Children Partnership may decide to conduct a Child Safeguarding Practice review (formerly known as Serious Case Review or SCR) to examine organisations' involvement with the family and identify learning for future improvement.

Below are the case reviews conducted in Barnet and associated learning materials. 

Learning Review Child G, July 2019

Child G final report and action plan

Briefing note: Child G

Non-mobile children bruising and injury protocol 2019

Pathway for non-mobile children bruising and injury 2019

Leaflet for parents and carers

SCR Child E, January 2018

Child E report

Child E action plan 

SCR Child A, May 2016

Child A report

SCR Child D, April 2009

Child D executive summary

SCR Child S, 2008

Child S report

Further information

The NSPCC website contains a library of all Serious Case Reviews conducted in England, where you can find more information on the serious case review/child safeguarding practice review process. There is also a series of thematic briefings on learning from case reviews which can be found here.

The NSPCC has published a set of briefings looking at practice issues relating to how professionals in different agencies communicate and make decisions. They provide a more detailed understanding of practice issues highlighted by the SCR reports and can help support change and improvement work at national and local levels.

The National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel publish thematic reviews and other learning reviews of national relevance. 

Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)

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Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)

In accordance with the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) recommendation that Child Death Review (CDR) processes must review at least 60 deaths per year, North Central London have established a single NCL CDR process across Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. The NCL Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) is an independent multidisciplinary panel that provides a review of all deaths of children who are under 18 and resident across the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, and Islington. The CDOP panel members have expertise in the fields of public health, paediatrics’ and child health, neonatology, children’s social care, nursing, midwifery, police, education, and other members who can otherwise make a valuable contribution. This is a process that works to support bereaved families and prevent future deaths.

When a child dies, there is a statutory requirement that the death will be comprehensively reviewed in a way which promotes learning and transparency. The CDOP receives notifications on all child deaths occurring in the local area. The Panel will seek information from professionals who had involvement with the child before and immediately following the death. The Panel will discuss each child’s case, and evaluate the data available to identify lessons to be learnt or issues of concern, with a particular focus on effective inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The Panel will determine whether the death was deemed preventable, that is, those deaths in which modifiable factors may have contributed to the death and decide what, if any, actions could be taken to prevent future such deaths. The Panel also aims to identify any common themes from individual cases (such as road traffic deaths, sudden unexpected death in infancy, or deaths of children with life-limiting conditions) and will report these back to Barnet Safeguarding Childrne Partnership. 

The remit of the CDOP also includes a Rapid Response function. The Rapid Response process includes a group of key professionals who come together for the purpose of enquiring into, and evaluating, the unexpected death of a child. Professionals involved in this process provide initial support to the family and help to inform the subsequent CDOP review process.

Notification of a child death to the CDOP for London Borough of Barnet

Any agency/professional should make a notification to our e-CDOP if they become aware of:

  • a child death occurring in borough of Barnet
  • a death of a child normally resident in this borough but occurring elsewhere.

Following notification of the death of a child, the coordinator for CDOP will establish which agencies and professionals have been involved with the child or family either prior to or at the time of death by contacting the lead practitioner in each agency.

Relevant practitioners will then be sent a link to complete the e-CDOP Form B, and practitioners are kindly requested to complete as much information as possible about the child and family, but we recognise that it may not always be possible to complete all fields.

Professionals receiving Form B for completion should retrieve their agency’s case records for the child or other family members and complete the form with any information known to them or their organisation (usually within 10 to 14 days).

If you cannot access the link to the e-CDOP above, please notify the Child Death Overview Panel via our Single Point of Contact, Terri Graham (terri.graham@barnet.gov.uk). 

Rapid Response Meetings

Following an unexpected child death, our Designated Doctor for CDOP will convene a meeting of key professionals in order to:

  • ensure support for the bereaved family members, as the death of a child will always be a traumatic loss - the more so if the death was unexpected
  • identify and safeguard any other children in the household or affected by the death
  • respond quickly to the unexpected death of a child
  • make immediate enquiries into and evaluate the reasons for and circumstances of the death, in agreement with the coroner when required
  • enquire into and constructively challenge how each organisation discharged their responsibilities when a child has died unexpectedly (liaising with those who have ongoing responsibilities for other family members), and whether there are any lessons to be learnt
  • collate information in a standard format using the CDOP Form B
  • co-operate appropriately post death, maintaining contact at regular intervals with family members and other professionals who have ongoing responsibilities to the family, to ensure that they are appropriately informed (unless such sharing of information would place other children at risk of harm or jeopardise police investigations)
  • consider media issues and the need to alert and liaise with the appropriate agencies
  • provide bereavement support as needed, for any other children, family members or members of staff who may be affected by the child's death
  • determine if abuse or neglect appear to be possible causes of death, children's social care and the police should be informed and a referral to Learning and Thematic Review Group considered.

Resolution policy

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Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and frontline staff need confidence in talking with each other about decisions that have been made, discussing any concerns regarding those decisions and where there isn’t agreement; escalating those concerns as appropriate.

Equally important is the culture of how we work, and it is vital that frontline staff are encouraged to remain professionally curious and to raise issues where they feel that their concerns for children and young people aren’t being addressed.

Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership has agreed a resolution policy for dealing with professional disagreements, setting out clear stages of escalation. This protocol is outlined below. 

Introduction

1.1 Effective working together depends on an open approach and honest relationships between agencies. Problem resolution is an integral part of professional co-operation and joint working to safeguard children.

1.2 Occasionally situations arise when workers within one agency feel that the actions, inaction or decisions of another agency do not adequately safeguard a child. This multi-agency policy defines the process for resolving such professional differences and should be read alongside the London child protection procedures and relevant internal policies on escalating matters of concern.

1.3 Disagreements can arise in a number of areas, but are most likely to arise around:

  • Levels of need
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • The need for action
  • Progressing plans and communication.

1.4 Where professionals consider that the practice of other professionals is placing children at risk of harm, they must be assertive, act swiftly and ensure that they challenge the relevant professionals in line with this policy. The safety of individual children is the paramount consideration in any professional activity.

  • Resolution should be sought within the shortest timescale possible to ensure the child is protected.
  • As a guide, professionals should attempt to resolve differences through discussion within one working week or a timescale that protects the child from harm (whichever is shortest).
  • Disagreements should be resolved at the lowest possible stage.

1.5  Any worker who feels that a decision is not safe or is inappropriate can initially consult their supervisor/manager to clarify their thinking if required. They should be able to evidence the nature and source of the concerns and should keep a record of all discussions.

Stages of Resolution

2.1 Stage One: Discuss with the other worker

2.2 The people who disagree have a discussion to resolve the problem. This discussion must take place as soon as possible and could be a telephone conversation or a face to face meeting. It should be recognised that differences in status and/or experience may affect the confidence of some workers to pursue this unsupported.

2.3 Stage Two: Escalate

There are different policies for how to escalate an issue in relation to children's services, police, health and schools, please see the following sections. 

Police

First line of escalation

Escalate to the Duty Officer, an Inspector or on duty in charge of the uniform response shift (24/7). For a specialist unit this may be the Detective Inspector (DI) but they have less coverage. In their absence it would default to the Duty Officer. If the police team dealing with the case is not Barnet then the team's Duty Officer would be expected to deal with the escalation. The contact details for them will be available from the officer dealing with the case/incident.

Second line of escalation

Between 7am and 9pm, the on duty/on call member of the Senior Leadership Team for Barnet. Their contact details will be available via the Duty Officer. Within office hours this may go to the Safeguarding Lead.

Between 9pm and 7am, the Night Duty Superintendent who will be covering all of North London. Their contact details will be available via the Duty Officer 

Third line of escalation

The Borough Commander for Barnet police.

Schools

Where it is believed that the response from a school does not meet the safeguarding requirements for a child, the appropriate person to escalate to is, in the first instance, the Head Teacher.

In schools where the Head Teacher is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead, complaints should be directed to the Safeguarding Governor or Chair of Governors. 

If concerns have still not been resolved the school complaints/escalation procedure should be utilised. In cases where the matter is urgent or if the school is not responding in accordance with its policy, contact either the Barnet Education and Learning Service (BELS) School Safeguarding Officer or the school’s Learning Network Inspector.

Family Services

For children accessing early help services, professionals should raise concerns at Team Around the Child meetings or other multi-agency planning meetings. For children subject to Child in Need, Child Protection or Child in Care Plans, concerns can be shared at the child’s multi-agency review meetings or via the Independent Reviewing Officer or Conference Reviewing Officer. Professionals should always consider the impact of professional disagreements on families attending meetings.

The following stages of resolution and escalation should be followed for children referred to, or open to Barnet Family Services. 

Initial resolution

  • Open cases: by contacting the allocated social worker or lead professional
  • New referrals: by contacting the MASH social worker
  • Out of hours: by contacting the Emergency Duty Team (5pm-9am Monday to Friday, weekends and Bank Holidays).

First line of escalation

  • Open cases: by contacting the allocated social worker or lead professional’s team manager
  • New referrals: by contacting the MASH team manager 
  • Out of hours: by contacting the Head of Service on duty (5pm-9am Monday to Friday, weekends and Bank Holidays).

Second line of escalation

  • Open cases: by contacting the service area Head of Service
  • New referrals: by contacting the MASH Head of Service.

Third line of escalation

  • Open cases or new referrals: by contacting the relevant Family Services Operational Director. 

Barnet Health

Where it is believed that the response from a health agency does not meet the safeguarding requirements for a child, the appropriate person to escalate to in the first instance is the Head of Safeguarding for the provider organisation concerned and the Designated Nurse and Doctor at NHS North Central London CCG.

If an acute safeguarding situation occurs out of hours which requires an immediate health assessment, the duty paediatric team at the hospital local to the child should be contacted. For Barnet Hospital, the duty paediatric team can be contacted through the hospital switchboard on 0208 216 4600.

2.4 Stage Three: Resolution by senior leaders

2.5 If after following the above stages the matter cannot be resolved satisfactorily, escalate to the Director of Children’s Services, the Borough Commander or the Chief Operating Officer for the CCG. Also notify the Safeguarding Children Partnership via BSCP@Barnet.gov.uk.

2.6 There is a requirement for a record of any escalation to be placed on the child’s record.

3. Additional notes

3.1 The Safeguarding Children Partnership Leadership Forum will consider issues escalated and any trends or patters as well as actions which should be taken to keep children safe. 

3.2 Where issues are raised with partners from other authorities, including other local authorities, please follow the procedures as identified by their area. If you are unable to resolve the issue the Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership can be approached to liaise with the relevant senior leaders in the other authority.

Information sharing

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What is an information sharing agreement?

An information sharing agreement provides a framework for the secure and confidential obtaining, holding, recording, storing and sharing of information between participating partner agencies or organisations. Organisations that provide public services have a legal responsibility to ensure that personal information is lawful, securely controlled and protective of the rights of individuals.

Why do we need to share information?

Sharing information about individuals between public authorities is essential to keeping people safe and ensuring they receive the best services. This sharing must only happen when it is legal and necessary to do so. In addition, adequate safeguards must be in place to protect the security of the information.

Our Information Sharing Agreement

In Barnet we have an over-arching Information Sharing Agreement which includes Barnet MASH, Early Help and Multi-agency Child Exploitation, as well as the BSCP activities. 

This provides us with a clear and agreed basis for what information we will share and why. All our key local partners have signed the Information Sharing Agreement and this underpins practitioners' work with partners. 

The Department for Education also provides advice on information sharing for practitioners involved in safeguarding services to children and young people. This guidance has been update to reflect GDPR (general data protection regulation) and it supercedes previous published guidance. 

Policies and procedures

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Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership (BSCP) is governed by, and adheres to different policies and procedures, developed in accordance with the Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and other national guidance.

London Child Protection Procedures provide standards for agencies and a framework to promote children’s welfare and protect them from abuse and neglect.

We also have a series of local policies and procedures for Barnet, you can find them here.

Licensing

Barnet SCP Licensed Procedures

CSE License Information 

BSCP Tobacco and Electric Cigarettes Information

BSCP Safeguarding Children Policy for Licensed Premises

BSCP Explosives License and Fireworks Registration

Quality assurance

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One of the core functions of the BSCP is to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by the safeguarding partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and to advise them on ways to improve.

This requires the Partnership to develop its own comprehensive overview of the quality, timeliness and effectiveness of multi-agency practice in Barnet.

Our approach to multi-agency quality assurance has four components:

1. Monitoring partner compliance with the statutory requirements to have effective safeguarding arrangements in place (Section 11 audit process)

2. A performance management framework which collates data from across the Partnership about safeguarding activity.

3. ‘Outcomes-based accountability’ approach, asking three questions:

  • How much did we do?
  • How well did we do it?
  • Did it make a difference?

4. A multi-agency quality assurance and audit programme. This is designed to provide much more information about the quality of the work being undertaken and its impact on outcomes for individual children and young people. 

Please see our seven-minute briefings from our recent multi-agency audits on child sexual abuse and vulnerable adolescents

This system complements and feeds into the Framework for Learning and Improvement which helps to promote a culture of continuous improvement across the partnership.

Further information about the quality assurance work of the BSCP can be found in our annual report.

Section 11 audits

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The Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership (BSCP) undertakes an annual Section 11 audit process of all agencies, as identified in Working Together 2018.

What is Section 11 of the Children Act?

Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 places duties on a range of organisations and individuals to ensure their functions, and any services that they contract out to others, are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

For further information regarding these duties please refer to Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.

Section 11 audit process

This Section 11 Audit is designed to support organisations to review and reflect honestly on their safeguarding practice and assure themselves they are fulfilling their statutory duties. BSCP will provide feedback on submissions to help organisations identify strengths and areas for development and to share examples of good practice locally. Submissions will also shape the support we provide to organisations in the coming year, for example we have provided targeted training around the voice of the child. 

The BSCP has two self-assessments. The first is the Section 11 audit for statutory organisations. The latest version of the audit tool can be found here

We also have a self-assessment audit tool (called a Safeguarding Checklist) for Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector organisations. 

For schools, Section 175 safeguarding audits are carried out by Barnet Education and Learning Service. 

Please note our Section 11 audit tool and VCFS Safeguarding Checklist are currently under review and we will share latest versions as soon as these are available. 

How to complete the self -assessment

Organisations are asked to provide a brief description of how they meet the criteria and to either attach or provide a link to evidence demonstrating they meet the criteria. Organisations are also asked to give a RAG rating for each thematic area and identify key actions needed to improve. 

BSCP will provide feedback on the submissions and organise learning events to share good practice between organisations. If you have any questions about the Section 11 audits, please email BSCP@Barnet.gov.uk.

Learning and Improvement Framework

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The Learning and Improvement Framework [LIF] outlines how the Partnership intends to monitor, evaluate and quality assure safeguarding arrangements and services for children and young people in Barnet.

The partnership has a number of key quality assurance functions including:

  • assessing the effectiveness of help being provided to children and families, including early help
  • assessing compliance of agencies against statutory duties
  • undertaking reviews including child safeguarding practice reviews and other local learning exercises
  • delivering multi-agency training in the protection and care of children, and evaluating this regularly to monitor impact  
  • developing multi-agency policies and procedures and thresholds that support partnership working and meet statutory guidelines
  • enabling effective learning and improvement across the partnership, including from child safeguarding practice reviews. 

The aim of the LIF is to support the partnership to deliver its quality assurance and learning functions and will:

  • support BSCP to fulfil its statutory obligations
  • make sure that the outcomes from reviews and other learning opportunities are used to influence practice development
  • support a culture of continuous improvement and learning
  • ensure that pathways are in place which identify the link between learning outcomes and improved services
  • ensure that single and multi-agency training and learning is consistently audited and reviewed to ensure best quality and that learning form this is used to develop training programmes accordingly
  • seek the views of children and families experience of services
  • use performance monitoring to assess the performance of all partners against core priority areas including: Right Plan Right Time (thresholds), improving assessments for children, improving planning for children and improving the timeliness of interventions.


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