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 Newsletter - Winter 2020

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to our winter letter. TASP is now 12 months old and we face the start of a new year in a very different position from how we might have imagined things to be last autumn.

Covid has brought a myriad of professional problems for those involved in all areas of child protection but it has also encouraged and accelerated innovation. It is hard to see how recent progress and increased uptake in digital communications will not significantly change working styles forever. The challenge for us all will be to make sure that more efficient working methods dont compromise the safeguarding of the vulnerable.

The substantial retreat of professionals from the service users living space makes sense to prevent run away infections but once Covids threat has subsided we need to have a clear-eyed look at what the overall impact of care at a distance has been.  

TASP was at the forefront of discovering what was happening in the early stages of Covid through our Spring webinars, where we explored the challenges facing safeguarding partners. Two of our trustees have written an article for the Journal of Childrens Services on the observations and issues arising from these webinars. This will soon be available at the Journal of Children’s Services. We will include a further link on publication.

All our Webinars are recorded. We publish these on our website along with the slide presentations and full reports on dialogue generated during Q&A and breakout meetings during the session by attendees. These are available for download to TASP Members. To review all topics, take a look at our website at www.theasp.org.uk/webinars

 TASP Journey

The aim of the Trustees has been to establish our organisation as a significant voice for safeguarding and to make known the important role that partnerships play in keeping children and the vulnerable safe.   We also want to be a place where those involved in safeguarding can find a community of people with a range of linked experiences, who are prepared to share their expertise and contribute to learning and improvement in safeguarding. We want their opinion to be sought and their knowledge respected.

For us to reach that point we feel we need to attract at least 50% of England’s safeguarding partnerships as members. We are pleased that we have made steady progress towards this goal and now 60 partnerships (out of 131 in England) are members.

The starting point for TASP was the changes made to the former LSCB arrangements, so our efforts are, for now, focused on this significant transition. However, we are exploring with non-statutory safeguarding bodies how they might contribute to and be supported by TASP. To that end we have appointed some new trustees who will help us extend our reach. TASP also collaborates with other groups and bodies who share similar objectives such as the Safeguarding Adults Board Chairs network and the Association of Child Protection Professionals (AoCPP).

TASP TRUSTEES

We are delighted to announce that we have increased our trustee body through the appointment of the following trustees, and you can see from their brief biographies how they will add to the knowledge, expertise and influence of TASP.

 Deborah Hodes is a Consultant Community Paediatrician and lead paediatrician at the Lighthouse, Camden. Deborah studied medicine at the Royal London Hospital and trained in paediatrics. Her first consultant post was in Hackney until she moved to UCLH in 2003; she was designated doctor for safeguarding in the London Borough of Camden from 2014 for six years. Deborah is a fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and has an active role there. Her expertise lies safeguarding children, and in particular child sexual abuse and female genital mutilation.

 

 

Nazir Afzal was Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England and most recently was the chief executive of the country’s police and crime commissioners. He has many current senior roles. He is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisations, is advisor to the Welsh Government on gender-based violence and is the independent member of the Oxfam Safeguarding and Ethics Committee

 

 

TASP has provision for 12 trustees. Over the next few months, the current trustees will be working on plans for developing the Association, consolidating our recent progress and exploring new ways of providing value to members while attracting a wider range of partners

TASP Webinars and MeetingSphere

TASP has run 12 webinars since April and intends to continue them into 2021. You can check out the topics covered on our website www.theasp.org.uk/webinars. If you are a member of TASP, you can also view the recordings, download the presentations given and read the reports created out of attendee Q&A and discussion on our website.

The way that TASP webinars work delivering engagement and providing feedback is beginning to receive recognition as an effective way of conducting consultations with safeguarding partners. The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel and the National Police Chiefs Council have both recently used the TASP methodology to help them communicate with stakeholders with a view to improve forward planning.

Those of you who have attended the TASP webinars have also commented on the way that we gather material through our use of the interactive tool MeetingSphere. If you would like to know how you can make use of this technology in your work or if you have an idea for a webinar, please contact alison@theasp.org.uk.

 Sir Alan Wood's Review - Phase 2

On 7th July Sir Alan Wood sent a phase one report to the DfE of his review findings in relation to the changes to multi-agency arrangements for safeguarding children, which have taken place since June 2019.  His phase two report is likely to be completed at the end of 2020.

On 2nd November 180 TASP members and other guests joined Sir Alan for a webinar where we explored issues concerning:

Items we have been asked for and are planning for:

  • Structure
  • Leadership 
  • Impact on Practice
  • Independent Scrutiny
  • And under a catch all of any other issues
    • The role of business managers
    • The financing of multi-agency arrangements
    • Benchmarking and inspection (or arrangements)

We are hoping that Sir Alan will join us again in 2021 to share his final report and discuss with him the next steps.

 The Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA)

 Recently IICSA published its reports into the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church.  Both reports explore the issue of mandatory reporting and we might expect some recommendations from IICSA concerning that later on. In relation to the Anglican Church there is a recommendation that information sharing agreements with local statutory agencies are put formally in place. This will clearly impact local partnerships

The Whyte Review

A review into sexual and emotional abuse in British Gymnastics led by Anne Whyte QC   has begun and will report next year. With the input of Quinton Newcombe (a criminal barrister working on this), we hope to run a webinar on this in 2021.

 The Domestic Abuse Bill

The Domestic Abuse Bill is about to have its second reading in the House of Lords.

Its aims are to:

  • Create a statutory definition of domestic abuse, emphasising that domestic abuse is not just physical violence, but can also be emotional, coercive or controlling, and economic abuse.
  • Establish in law the office of Domestic Abuse Commissioner and set out the Commissioner’s functions and powers.
  • Provide for a new Domestic Abuse Protection Notice and Domestic Abuse Protection Order.
  • Place a duty on local authorities in England to provide support to victims of domestic abuse and their children in refuges and other safe accommodation.
  • Prohibit perpetrators of abuse from cross-examining their victims in person in the civil and family courts in England and Wales.
  • Create a statutory presumption that victims of domestic abuse are eligible for special measures in the criminal, civil and family courts.
  • Clarify by restating in statute law the general proposition that a person may not consent to the infliction of serious harm and, by extension, is unable to consent to their own death.
  • Extend the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the criminal courts in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to further violent and sexual offences.
  • Enable domestic abuse offenders to be subject to polygraph testing as a condition of their licence following their release from custody.
  • Place the guidance supporting the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (“Clare’s law”) on a statutory footing.
  • Provide that all eligible homeless victims of domestic abuse automatically have ‘priority need’ for homelessness assistance.
  • Ensure that where a local authority, for reasons connected with domestic abuse, grants a new secure tenancy to a social tenant who had or has a secure lifetime or assured tenancy (other than an assured shorthold tenancy) this must be a secure lifetime tenancy

This will offer many new protections for domestic abuse victims and their families. It will also create new obligations for Local Authorities. Interestingly, at the moment, most of those responsibilities fall on upper tier authorities, so in London the Greater London Authority rather than the 32 boroughs will have much of the new responsibility arising from the Bill.

The second reading in the House of Lords may see this challenged.

 Data on Children in the Child Protection System

 

On 26th November data was published on children in need, children looked after and children in the child protection system. You can view it here.

 

 Barnardo's Launches Specialist

A helpline supporting vulnerable Black, Asian and minority ethnic children and families, who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis, has recently been launched by Barnardo’s.

The helpline offers therapeutic support and through its live webchat facility offers a lifeline to communities struggling to deal with issues such as sickness and bereavement and rising hate crime due to the pandemic, on top of entrenched existing inequalities, including poverty, financial hardship and health problems.

 Thank you from TASP

Thank you to all colleagues who have supported TASP this year. We hope to see many of you at our webinars in 2021.

We regularly receive and scan for information and news that we think will be helpful for partnerships. You can often find further information on the website and we will try to signpost this whenever we can. The things we include in the newsletter are guided by direct relevance, topicality and contributions and suggestions from members and TASP supporters. Inclusion and any commentary should not be seen as a direct endorsement but rather to help you have a look and make up your own minds.

We would really welcome contributions, especially if you have a story you would like to share that others would benefit from. Drop us an email and we can discuss how to include this at info@theasp.org.uk

Please phone the Association on 07880 209 788 if you would like any help at all, or email Alison at alison@theasp.org.uk if you have queries.

Advertising with TASP

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You can advertise your services with us by getting in touch with Alison at alison@theasp.org.uk.

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Many are calling it the silent pandemic – the steep rise in safeguarding cases now emerging as a result of the long months of Covid-19. Whether it is the number of missing vulnerable children, a rise in reports of abuse, neglect and harm, or staggering statistics relating to vulnerable adults, unfortunately however hard you look at the data for 2020, none make particularly pleasant reading.

Which is why, despite the growing pressures of the day job, it is more important than ever to prioritise how you equip your workforce with the skills and the knowledge they will need for the challenges of the year ahead. Like so many other things, the commissioning of safeguarding training has been less straightforward than usual lately. Many training plans have been abandoned because of social distancing and lockdowns, often leaving managers resorting to Zoom and other DIY training methods to try to keep their people up to date.

So, what many organisations are now exploring is the use of digital online learning as an alternative to classroom and blended training. This is a field which Me Learning has been specialising in for over a decade, so we are not newcomers to this thinking, or to your sector. We have plenty of experience of working with clients in health and social care both before and during the pandemic and helping them make the switch to high quality digital learning.

Me Learning already has comprehensive digital safeguarding learning, developed with and for those working in local authorities, health and education, with licences available online. We have recently updated all our safeguarding refresher modules to reflect the challenges faced by the safeguarding workforce during the pandemic.


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We have recently updated all our safeguarding refresher courses to reflect the challenges faced by the safeguarding workforce during the pandemic.

To find out more about how we are helping other safeguarding organisations check out our website - https://www.melearning.co.uk/blog/pressrelease/digital-training-on-safeguarding-for-tees-partnerships


 

 

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Newsletter - Spring 2020

Welcome to our latest newsletter. The risks posed by COVID 19 are having a significant impact on us all, Situations like this gives cause for all to stop and think about our vulnerability. As well as the part we all play in facing up to such challenges whether on a personal, professional or collective level. This is of course not a new challenge for safeguarding partners given their role in protecting children and young people. Safeguarding partnerships are generally about getting the best from the efforts people make, to protect people and try to prevent or change the circumstances that can give rise to harm. Although the characteristics of a possible epidemic or pandemic might differ in some ways, the emergent response highlights the value of effective arrangements for working together and reminds us that such efforts represent steps made in good faith and the best use of intelligence and experience. The commonality probably rests in where we find ourselves in promoting hope in the face of fear.

Recently there was an interesting letter in the Times, following a leading article responding to what needs to be done to improve how we protect children. The author of the letter made a powerful point, which parallels with our response to COVID 19, that we could well improve our understanding of why abuse happens, particularly child sexual abuse, and therefore ensure that prevention is more effective. Although time and resources can work against achieving a coherent narrative and approach to how we understand and can recognise those who present a risk to children at a local or a national level.

We must surely look to provide further investment in pulling together research and experience if we are to shift from our often reactive approach?  Too often local partnerships are trapped in trying to keep up and meet with diverse and often moving expectations, (not to mention debates as to currency and worth), that they are not able to achieve the level of presentation and engagement that the current response to COVID 19 appears to be achieving. There must be merit in galvanising the public and professional response to threats that by their very nature undermine or raise questions about that which we tend to take for granted.

In this newsletter we bring to your attention a number of key recent publications, which serve to inform how partners and partnerships continue to shape their vision and versions of local arrangements. There are further details about our conference in June and we are pleased to have signed up some interesting key speakers and workshops, which we intend will help and promote with the continued transition between the former and the new arrangements. TASP will also be looking to work with Sir Alan Wood in the second phase of his review. 

Requests for members including renewals are being sent out, and as we move into the first full year of TASP we need to build on the commitments made by partnerships this year. Importantly we are launching membership for a range of other partnerships and safeguarding partners who are charged with promoting joint working focused on safeguarding, across the private and voluntary sector. We are also in discussion with other important organisations who may want to join TASP in creating a learning network that share and promotes the values and experiences that arise from safeguarding governance arrangements and practice.

Richard Burrows

TASP News

TASP Conference - Strengthening Safeguarding Partnerships: sharing the learning from the journey so far. 

The inaugural annual conference of the newly formed TASP will be held on 24th and 25th June, 2020. This will be the first opportunity to for all lead safeguarding partners to reflect nationally on the impact of the reforms suggested by Alan Wood, and later embedded in the Children and Social Work Act (2017) and in Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018). The conference will give participants an opportunity to hear the latest thinking from high profile national figures and to engage in practical workshops addressing the key challenges facing the new partnerships. Topics covered will include: the role of the three lead safeguarding children partners; the National Panel; the function of independent scrutiny; reporting to local and national bodies, and engaging with children, young people and families. The conference is a unique opportunity to network with your fellow professionals and leaders who are addressing shared national challenges and to ensure you are up-to-date with recent developments.

As situation develops with COVID19 we are actively looking at a number of options but we do want to emphasise we are committed to making the conference happen this year, subject to changing government guidance. We will of course, keep you all up to date, as decisions are made. 

TASP Membership Renewal - Your membership renewal requests will be distributed this week. The letter will include details on rates and flexibility for new Partnership structures as well as how to ensure your renewal is seamless. We hope you will be able to support TASP for a further year and look forward to your responses.

 TASP Trustee Position - You are able to view our Charity Status here. Our Constitution allows for up to twelve trustees and requires us to have a minimum of three; which we want to achieve as soon as we can, we currently have two. We are keen to ensure that our Trustee Board is diverse in make up; both professionally and demographically.

If you would like to be a trustee or have someone you would like to recommend please contact Chris Miller on cjmiller@cantab.net for a conversation. 

Review of New Arrangements - TASP have agreed to support Sir Alan Wood in the second phase of his work – more detail to follow!

Widening the TASP Network – we are currently liaising with a range of national organisations, who have an interest in safeguarding and partnerships, to explore how we can collaborate and create a broad learning network.

National News

New Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children appointed - Vicky Ford MP was elected to the Chelmsford seat in 2017 and was previously an MEP. She has briefly held roles in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development. She has a background in commerce and finance. She has spoken in Parliament debates on a number of issues relating to children and young people. She is the fifth person to hold this office in five years.


Ofsted Annual Report 2018-2019 
was published in January 2019. This met with a number of responses, including LGA  and ADCS.

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel - We have no news yet as to when the chair will be replaced, but they have just announced their publication of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel’s Annual Report and First National Review. Their annual report highlights patterns in practice they have gleaned from the 538 rapid reviews notified to the Panel since it was established in July 2018. From this analysis, teenagers and infants appear most at-risk of death and serious harm in the context of abuse and neglect. This worrying trend is something that they want to analyse further. Adolescents at risk of criminal exploitation is the focus of their first national review. "It Was Hard to Escape: Safeguarding Children at Risk from Criminal Exploitation", examines 21 cases where children died or were seriously harmed, in which criminal exploitation was a factor. The review identifies areas of innovative good practice and contains recommendations at local and national level. Despite a good level of awareness of the dangers of co-sleeping, the Panel has still seen a high level of sudden unexpected deaths of babies in the context of abuse and neglect. The national review into this issue is expected in Spring 2020.

A new report by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, calls for improvements to the safeguarding system

Headlines Relating to Issues Partnerships are Likely to be Interested in:

  • Home Schooling - Northamptonshire have published a case review which provides further evidence that this is an issue that needs to be addressed
  • Unregulated Care Homes have been featured by BBC News and Ministers have pledged to introduce a ban on the use of these types of placements for under 16’s
  • Many partnerships are embracing Police led developments regarding Violence Reduction strategies some of which are embracing domestic abuse and driving forward learning from Operation Encompass

 

Spotlight on... Some Significant New Publications

 Child Sexual Abuse Centre has just published its Typology of CSA Offending as a part of their ongoing research programme. This is an interesting and helpful contribution to better understanding child sexual abuse in a familial setting, and encourages us to look at patterns of behaviour as opposed to focusing on the characteristics of either the offender or the victim. The research report is intended to be looked at in the context of the parallel work undertaken by the CSA team looking at Perpetration. The aim of the research is to inform practice, and help those who are responsible for policy and practice develop a stronger understanding of CSA in order to better address the complexity, dynamics and different presentations of this form of abuse, which as we know is often under reported.

 The Early Intervention Foundation have just published a report Adverse Childhood Experiences: What we Know and Don’t Know and What Should Happen Next. Increasingly when partnerships focus on early intervention and approaches that unify and provide focus across agencies ACE comes up. It seems to divide opinions between those who feel it has the potential to be a game changer and those who are somewhat doubtful about its value as a strategic means of improving how we tackle abuse and neglect within a preventative and early help focused approach. The report provides a welcome and comprehensive overview, and constructively provides evidence and direction for how the potential of ACE can play a role. The report, in our view, will help local discussions that seek to determine whether and if so how best to invest in this sort of approach.

Research in Practice (RiP) have published the Complexity & Challenge: A Triennial Analysis of Serious Case Reviews 2014-2017 with resources to support the application of learning into practice. Analysing 368 serious case reviews, relating to incidents between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2017, this is the sixth consecutive analysis of serious case reviews by this research team; together these reports cover 14 years from 2003-2017. Developed in collaboration with Research in PracticeUniversity of East Anglia Centre for Research on Children and Families and the University of Warwick, the resources support the application of learning from the Department for Education Report. 

A Helpful Publication given the Leadership Arrangements for Safeguarding - Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has published a thematic report following inspections of the child protection work of police forces in England and Wales. The report includes evidence from 64 inspections, and considers the ways in which the police service, its safeguarding partners and the government need to adapt and respond in order to meet the challenges they face. Recommendations to Government include: the development of a national early help and prevention strategy to address the root causes of harm for vulnerable children; and a review of the unnecessary detention of children. Recommendations to chief constables include taking steps to reduce the unnecessary criminalisation of children.

Keeping Children Safe in Education - Government is consulting on revisions to ensure more of a focus on vulnerable children. The Department for Education (DfE) is consulting on proposed revisions to the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance which sets out what schools and colleges should do and the legal duties with which they must comply to keep children safe in England. A table of substantive changes is included in Annexe G and include: changes to the role of Designated Safeguarding Leads in schools so that they have a greater focus on improving the academic achievement of children on the edge of care; and managing allegations of abuse against staff. The consultation also includes the Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges advice, which sets out what governing bodies and proprietors should be doing to ensure reports of child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment are managed appropriately.

Barnado's has published a report looking at the hidden impact of domestic abuse on children and young people in areas including: mental health; child development; harmful sexual behaviour; future cycles of abuse and youth offending. Published ahead of the Domestic Abuse Bill, the report makes recommendations including: that the Domestic Abuse Bill explicitly recognises the impact of this crime on children; that domestic abuse and coercive control are referenced as a key risk to children’s health and wellbeing and changes should be made to legislation to offer statutory support to child victims of domestic abuse.

CO-VID-19 Guidance for social or community care and residential settings on COVID-19.

Suggestions for spotlight items are welcomed. They need to demonstrate a direct relevance to current arrangements and issues, in order to highlight and contribute to local and national dialogue. Please email Alison at manager@lscbchairs.org.uk

Items we have been asked for and are planning for:

  • Emerging learning from annual reports
  • Pen pictures of partnerships
  • A day in the life of --- Independent Scrutineer--- Business Manager --- Statutory Partner
  • The future of multi-agency training
  • Unified Single Review Pilot in Wales
  • Moving from SCR’s to CSPR’s

Spotlight on ... Gender Identity

We know that partners and partnerships are committed to issues of equality and diversity, so we though it would be helpful have a look at the issues and challenges around gender identity as this might impact on partnerships as they review or develop their position.

It is of course a complicated, complex and potentially controversial matter, but as many press reports highlight it is an issue that is increasingly important to some young people, their parents and carers. Therefore it is also important that partners as they represent and are responsible for services and measures to safeguard children will want to address.

The guide produced by Action for Children provides a useful introduction.

We also know aside from the complex issues around access to and consent for help, therapy and treatment for transgender young people, that being brave to be different can make people a target for bullying, so it is most likely that local policies will address this.

Much of the recent press coverage and related academic articles confirm that this is a difficult and highly politicised area, this probably means that partnerships will want and need to review where they are in respect to the range of issues it reflects, as well as more generally to the fact that we know that LGBT and TG people are more likely to be vulnerable and may not always recognise the traditional approach and gateway to safeguarding support as being for them.

If you have any experience or resources you would like to share then let us know.

From an internet search, we found these:

Havering Safeguarding Children – Transgender Guidance

Warwickshire Transgender Toolkit

News From...

Ofsted held their regular consultation and communication event with interested agencies in late February 2020. TASP were invited to attend. We did and were able to contribute thoughts to the impending review of Children in the Care System. This is to be extensive and wide ranging and may mirror the relatively recent Scottish Review.

There is currently a consultation exercise on unregulated placements; with a closing date of 18th April. We urge members to contribute.

Unregulated placements will be the subject of the next focused inspection.

The next JTAI will deal with the subject of early help and early intervention.

We regularly receive and scan for information and news that we think will be helpful for partnerships. You can often find further information on the website and we will try to signpost this whenever we can. The things we include in the newsletter are guided by direct relevance, topicality and contributions and suggestions from members and TASP supporters. Inclusion and any commentary should not be seen as a direct endorsement but rather to help you have a look and make up your own minds.

We would really welcome contributions, especially if you have a story you would like to share that others would benefit from. Drop us an email and we can discuss how to include this at chair@lscbchairs.org.uk.

Please phone the Association on 07880 209 788 if you would like any help at all, or email Frankie at frankie.good@lscbchairs.org.uk if you have queries or comments.


With best wishes,


Richard Burrows

 TASP Chair

 www.lscbchairs.org.uk

 Association Phone 07880 209788

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking up for those involved in Safeguarding and Working for children and the vulnerable

 

 Newsletter - Winter 2020

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to our winter letter. TASP is now 12 months old and we face the start of a new year in a very different position from how we might have imagined things to be last autumn.

Covid has brought a myriad of professional problems for those involved in all areas of child protection but it has also encouraged and accelerated innovation. It is hard to see how recent progress and increased uptake in digital communications will not significantly change working styles forever. The challenge for us all will be to make sure that more efficient working methods dont compromise the safeguarding of the vulnerable.

The substantial retreat of professionals from the service users living space makes sense to prevent run away infections but once Covids threat has subsided we need to have a clear-eyed look at what the overall impact of care at a distance has been.  

TASP was at the forefront of discovering what was happening in the early stages of Covid through our Spring webinars, where we explored the challenges facing safeguarding partners. Two of our trustees have written an article for the Journal of Childrens Services on the observations and issues arising from these webinars. This will soon be available at the Journal of Children’s Services. We will include a further link on publication.

All our Webinars are recorded. We publish these on our website along with the slide presentations and full reports on dialogue generated during Q&A and breakout meetings during the session by attendees. These are available for download to TASP Members. To review all topics, take a look at our website at www.theasp.org.uk/webinars

 TASP Journey

The aim of the Trustees has been to establish our organisation as a significant voice for safeguarding and to make known the important role that partnerships play in keeping children and the vulnerable safe.   We also want to be a place where those involved in safeguarding can find a community of people with a range of linked experiences, who are prepared to share their expertise and contribute to learning and improvement in safeguarding. We want their opinion to be sought and their knowledge respected.

For us to reach that point we feel we need to attract at least 50% of England’s safeguarding partnerships as members. We are pleased that we have made steady progress towards this goal and now 60 partnerships (out of 131 in England) are members.

The starting point for TASP was the changes made to the former LSCB arrangements, so our efforts are, for now, focused on this significant transition. However, we are exploring with non-statutory safeguarding bodies how they might contribute to and be supported by TASP. To that end we have appointed some new trustees who will help us extend our reach. TASP also collaborates with other groups and bodies who share similar objectives such as the Safeguarding Adults Board Chairs network and the Association of Child Protection Professionals (AoCPP).

TASP TRUSTEES

We are delighted to announce that we have increased our trustee body through the appointment of the following trustees, and you can see from their brief biographies how they will add to the knowledge, expertise and influence of TASP.

 Deborah Hodes is a Consultant Community Paediatrician and lead paediatrician at the Lighthouse, Camden. Deborah studied medicine at the Royal London Hospital and trained in paediatrics. Her first consultant post was in Hackney until she moved to UCLH in 2003; she was designated doctor for safeguarding in the London Borough of Camden from 2014 for six years. Deborah is a fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and has an active role there. Her expertise lies safeguarding children, and in particular child sexual abuse and female genital mutilation.

 

 

Nazir Afzal was Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England and most recently was the chief executive of the country’s police and crime commissioners. He has many current senior roles. He is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisations, is advisor to the Welsh Government on gender-based violence and is the independent member of the Oxfam Safeguarding and Ethics Committee

 

 

TASP has provision for 12 trustees. Over the next few months, the current trustees will be working on plans for developing the Association, consolidating our recent progress and exploring new ways of providing value to members while attracting a wider range of partners

TASP Webinars and MeetingSphere

TASP has run 12 webinars since April and intends to continue them into 2021. You can check out the topics covered on our website www.theasp.org.uk/webinars. If you are a member of TASP, you can also view the recordings, download the presentations given and read the reports created out of attendee Q&A and discussion on our website.

The way that TASP webinars work delivering engagement and providing feedback is beginning to receive recognition as an effective way of conducting consultations with safeguarding partners. The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel and the National Police Chiefs Council have both recently used the TASP methodology to help them communicate with stakeholders with a view to improve forward planning.

Those of you who have attended the TASP webinars have also commented on the way that we gather material through our use of the interactive tool MeetingSphere. If you would like to know how you can make use of this technology in your work or if you have an idea for a webinar, please contact alison@theasp.org.uk.

 Sir Alan Wood's Review - Phase 2

On 7th July Sir Alan Wood sent a phase one report to the DfE of his review findings in relation to the changes to multi-agency arrangements for safeguarding children, which have taken place since June 2019.  His phase two report is likely to be completed at the end of 2020.

On 2nd November 180 TASP members and other guests joined Sir Alan for a webinar where we explored issues concerning:

Items we have been asked for and are planning for:

  • Structure
  • Leadership 
  • Impact on Practice
  • Independent Scrutiny
  • And under a catch all of any other issues
    • The role of business managers
    • The financing of multi-agency arrangements
    • Benchmarking and inspection (or arrangements)

We are hoping that Sir Alan will join us again in 2021 to share his final report and discuss with him the next steps.

 The Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA)

 Recently IICSA published its reports into the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church.  Both reports explore the issue of mandatory reporting and we might expect some recommendations from IICSA concerning that later on. In relation to the Anglican Church there is a recommendation that information sharing agreements with local statutory agencies are put formally in place. This will clearly impact local partnerships

The Whyte Review

A review into sexual and emotional abuse in British Gymnastics led by Anne Whyte QC   has begun and will report next year. With the input of Quinton Newcombe (a criminal barrister working on this), we hope to run a webinar on this in 2021.

 The Domestic Abuse Bill

The Domestic Abuse Bill is about to have its second reading in the House of Lords.

Its aims are to:

  • Create a statutory definition of domestic abuse, emphasising that domestic abuse is not just physical violence, but can also be emotional, coercive or controlling, and economic abuse.
  • Establish in law the office of Domestic Abuse Commissioner and set out the Commissioner’s functions and powers.
  • Provide for a new Domestic Abuse Protection Notice and Domestic Abuse Protection Order.
  • Place a duty on local authorities in England to provide support to victims of domestic abuse and their children in refuges and other safe accommodation.
  • Prohibit perpetrators of abuse from cross-examining their victims in person in the civil and family courts in England and Wales.
  • Create a statutory presumption that victims of domestic abuse are eligible for special measures in the criminal, civil and family courts.
  • Clarify by restating in statute law the general proposition that a person may not consent to the infliction of serious harm and, by extension, is unable to consent to their own death.
  • Extend the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the criminal courts in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to further violent and sexual offences.
  • Enable domestic abuse offenders to be subject to polygraph testing as a condition of their licence following their release from custody.
  • Place the guidance supporting the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (“Clare’s law”) on a statutory footing.
  • Provide that all eligible homeless victims of domestic abuse automatically have ‘priority need’ for homelessness assistance.
  • Ensure that where a local authority, for reasons connected with domestic abuse, grants a new secure tenancy to a social tenant who had or has a secure lifetime or assured tenancy (other than an assured shorthold tenancy) this must be a secure lifetime tenancy

This will offer many new protections for domestic abuse victims and their families. It will also create new obligations for Local Authorities. Interestingly, at the moment, most of those responsibilities fall on upper tier authorities, so in London the Greater London Authority rather than the 32 boroughs will have much of the new responsibility arising from the Bill.

The second reading in the House of Lords may see this challenged.

 Data on Children in the Child Protection System

 

On 26th November data was published on children in need, children looked after and children in the child protection system. You can view it here.

 

 Barnardo's Launches Specialist

A helpline supporting vulnerable Black, Asian and minority ethnic children and families, who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis, has recently been launched by Barnardo’s.

The helpline offers therapeutic support and through its live webchat facility offers a lifeline to communities struggling to deal with issues such as sickness and bereavement and rising hate crime due to the pandemic, on top of entrenched existing inequalities, including poverty, financial hardship and health problems.

 Thank you from TASP

Thank you to all colleagues who have supported TASP this year. We hope to see many of you at our webinars in 2021.

We regularly receive and scan for information and news that we think will be helpful for partnerships. You can often find further information on the website and we will try to signpost this whenever we can. The things we include in the newsletter are guided by direct relevance, topicality and contributions and suggestions from members and TASP supporters. Inclusion and any commentary should not be seen as a direct endorsement but rather to help you have a look and make up your own minds.

We would really welcome contributions, especially if you have a story you would like to share that others would benefit from. Drop us an email and we can discuss how to include this at info@theasp.org.uk

Please phone the Association on 07880 209 788 if you would like any help at all, or email Alison at alison@theasp.org.uk if you have queries.

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