The Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership

New Serious Incident Response Protocol

We have published a new Serious Incident Response Protocol for our joint partnership response to incidents of serious young violence involving a young person (10-25 years) who is either a victim or perpetrator.

You can find the protocol, which sets out agency actions and the process for review meetings here. Key updates include:

  • SIRMs (Serious Incident Response Meetings) will be undertaken for all children who reside in Barnet up to the ages of 19 and up to 25 if they have care leaver status, open to the 0-25 service or if there are children under the age of 18 residing in the household.
  • If the young person subject to the SIRM is open to children's social care the respective assistant head of service will be responsible for chairing the SIRM. 
  • Key contact list and invitees has been updated. 

In Barnet we have made significant steps in understanding that to effectively safeguard and support young people we must consider the young person in context to their environment, surroundings and local community. When serious incidents occur it not only impacts directly on the young person and their family but also on the local community and grassroots, youth provisions and community groups that the family are part of. 

Within our 2020-2022 Vulnerable Adolescents Strategy, we have made a commitment to further strengthen our relationships with grass roots organisations, youth provisions and community leaders that also work with some of our most vulnerable children and  families in Barnet. Therefore part of the SIRM agenda will now include what further actions are necessary to help support collective trauma and the community impact of the incident, 

For more information about working with young people involved in gangs and serious youth violence, please see our webpage

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