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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 partnership 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 LSCB to develop its own comprehensive overview of the quality, timeliness and effectiveness of multi-agency practice in Barnet, which is facilitated through the LSCB Performance Management System and is made up of four components:
- Monitoring partner compliance with the statutory requirement to have effective safeguarding arrangements in place (Section 11)
- A Performance Management Framework which collates data from across the partnership about safeguarding activity.
- ‘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.
- This system complements and feeds into the Framework for Learning and Improvement which helps to promote a culture of continuous improvement across the partnership.
- A series of scorecards have been developed which summarise performance across two areas; LSCB Strategic Priorities and Groups of vulnerable children and young people who have been identified as a priority for the LSCB (child protection, children and young people who are looked after and children and young people who go missing/are suffering or at risk of sexual exploitation).
Further information about the quality assurance work of the BSCP can be found in the BSCP's Annual Report.