TASP is committed to its mission to champion the safeguarding of children and vulnerable people by supporting diverse national partnerships. Our goal is to keep safeguarding professionals informed and offer unique, relevant services, aiding their coordination efforts for effective joint working arrangements.

Scrutiny has remained one of TASP’s strategic focus since inception. In 2021 TASP collated the reflections of partnership’s scrutiny arrangements which pointed to the need for further exploration. TASP partnered with the VKPP & University of Bedfordshire and published in 2022 its research “Independent Scrutiny and Local Safeguarding Children Partnership Arrangements” which outlined the findings from the three core questions;

  • who is scrutinising LSCP activity?
  • how are LSCP activities being scrutinised? and
  • what is being scrutinised?

The project was generously supported by partners across England and provided a useful insight in the variety of approaches. We are also continuing our work with VKPP to develop Case Studies based around the findings of the 2022 report.

All reports available at theasp.org.uk/independentscrutiny

It is clear to us that the role of Scrutiny is pivotal in the evaluation and assessment of partnership working. It enhances accountability, offers a level of quality assurance, and can identify areas for improvement. But the permissive structure around Safeguarding Arrangements in creating variety, offers challenges, and the complexity of the arrangements and the varied approaches being employed underscore the imperative to provide assistance and backing to those involved in the scrutiny process.

We are delighted to confirm that we now have established an Independent Scrutineer Network to bring together Scrutineers from across England to facilitate collaboration, share best practices, and discuss the pivotal role of scrutiny in effective partnership working.

We run this session once a month on the third Wednesday of each month, at 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

The meeting will be jointly chaired by Jenny Pearce (Professor at Bedfordshire University and Scrutineer for London Borough of Havering) and Laurelle Brown (Co-Founder & Director of KIJIJI, Independent Consultant and Scrutineer for London borough of Tower Hamlets).

The details and link to register are below.

 

To clarify, you do not need to be a current member to attend. The intention is this will help inform a unique membership benefit for this cohort going forward.

We are considering a range of ideas to support you. Including:

  • Network opportunities with peers and experts in the field
  • Potential development of dedicated Webinars and/or Podcasts
  • Resource base for Effective practice

As part of our commitment to enhancing support for Independent Scrutineers, we want to hear your thoughts and ideas on how TASP can better assist you in your role. Please forward ideas and suggested plans to Alison at [email protected]


TO REGISTER FOR FUTURE NETWORK MEETINGS - USE THE LINKS BELOW


REGISTRATION LINK FOR MEETING 2 - FEBRUARY

21st February 2024 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm - REGISTER HERE


REGISTRATION LINK FOR MEETING 3 - MARCH 

20th March 2024 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm - REGISTER HERE


REGISTRATION LINK FOR MEETING 4 -APRIL

17th April 2024 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm - REGISTER HERE


REGISTRATION LINK FOR MEETING 5 - MAY

15th May 2024 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm - REGISTER HERE


REGISTRATION LINK FOR MEETING 6 - JUNE

19th June 2024 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm - REGISTER HERE


REGISTRATION LINK FOR MEETING 7 - JULY

17th July 2024 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm - REGISTER HERE


REGISTRATION LINK FOR  - AUGUST

SUMMER BREAK


REGISTRATION LINK FOR MEETING 8  - SEPTEMBER 

18th September 2024 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm - REGISTER HERE


REGISTRATION LINK FOR MEETING 9 - OCTOBER

16th October 2024 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm - REGISTER HERE


REGISTRATION LINK FOR MEETING 10 - NOVEMBER

20th November 2024 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm - REGISTER HERE


REGISTRATION LINK FOR  - DECEMBER

18th December 2024 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm -TBC

January 2024 Meeting Notes

TASP launched its Independent Scrutineers Network in January and we had excellent attendance and engagement. At the inaugral meeting we discussed why colleagues felt that a support network was important to them, we agreed mechanics for the meetings -namely the meetings will now take place every 3rd Wednesday of each month, unless notified otherwise; at 4:30pm to 5:30pm and colleagues shared a plethora of potential topics for discussion in future meetings.

It was agreed that in February's meeting we would discuss:

  • Impact of WT23 Guidance (specifically around the role of the chair and the scrutineer)
  • How do we all share information about what we are doing and what different partnerships are doing with Scrutiny. (Request for Scrutineers to share their job description).

The full notes of the meeeting are below. In the future, notes will not be taken on overall discussion (due to resource) but we felt this was an important inaugral conversation and was worthy of documenting. In addition, we wanted ALL scrutineers who were not able to attend the first meeting to have some detail on discussions and agreements going forward. We would like to be able to be a voice for Scrutineers, but we recognise that not all Scrutineers will be able to attend all meetings. It was agreed, that where a "voice" is to be shared, this would also be distributed to gain confirmation and agreement for all.

January 2024 Meeting Notes
(Microsoft Word Document)