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2.1 The Isle of Man Safeguarding Children Board

RELATED GUIDANCE

See the following documents on the Isle of Man SCB website:

  • PCB summary report 2008-2010;
  • PCB annual report 2010-2011;
  • Current SCB work programme;
  • Quality Assurance Group Terms of Reference;
  • Policies and Procedures Group Terms of Reference;
  • Training and Development Group Terms of Reference;
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Agencies.

AMENDMENT

This chapter was updated in August 2018.


Contents

1. Purpose
2. Links with Children and their Parents
3. Strategic Relationships
4. Annual Report and Work Programme
5. How the Safeguarding Children Board Conducts its Business
6. Operational Groups
  6.1 Overview
  6.2 Policy, Procedures and Practice Group
  6.3 Strategic Training and Development Group
  6.4 Quality Assurance Group
  6.5 Child Death Review Process
  6.6 Serious Case Review Group
  6.7 Task Groups
7. Safeguarding Children Board - Membership
  Appendix 1: Strategic Objectives Diagram
  Appendix 2: Structure Diagram


1. Purpose

1.1 The aim of the Safeguarding Children Board is to ensure that children on the Island are safe from abuse and neglect. 
1.2

The objectives of the Safeguarding Children Board (SCB) are to:

  • Advise Government on matters relating to child protection and the wider safeguarding agenda;
  • Co-ordinate work to protect and safeguard children;
  • Ensure the effectiveness of local arrangements and services to protect and safeguard children;
  • Undertake Serious Case Reviews.
1.3 Child Protection refers to protecting specific children who are suffering or are at risk of suffering Significant Harm.
1.4

Only when the Safeguarding Children Board is confident that children are protected from maltreatment will it review its remit and consider preventative work to avoid harm being suffered in the first place, for example:

  • Preventing impairment of children's health and development;
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • Undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
1.5 The Safeguarding Children Board will speak with an independent voice, in the context of a strong working relationship with those agencies providing services to children.
1.6 In order to promote the highest standards of safeguarding work, the Safeguarding Children Board will foster a culture of constructive challenge and continuous improvement by and between member organisations.
1.7 The Safeguarding Children Board will undertake its work mindful of the diverse needs of children and will promote equality of opportunity.


2. Links with Children and their Parents

2.1 The Safeguarding Children Board, through its working arrangements, will ensure that it seeks the wishes and feelings of children and their parents about the priorities and effectiveness of safeguarding work and access to services. The Safeguarding Children Board will also consider with parents and children how they can contribute to the development of services. For more information, see Parents and Children on the Isle of Man SCB website.


3. Strategic Relationships

3.1 The Chair of the SCB reports to the Council of Ministers via the Chief Secretary. See Appendix 1: Strategic Objectives Diagram.
3.2 The Independent Chair will provide an ad hoc written update to Council if issues arise that require Ministerial intervention or are likely to create media or public interest.
3.3 The Safeguarding Children Board will be a formal consultee in the development and review of any overarching children’s plan and will use this opportunity to raise safeguarding issues.
3.4 The Safeguarding Children Board provides written updates on activity/progress to the Social Policy and Children’s Committee.
3.5 The Safeguarding Children Board provides an Annual Report for the Children’s Committee. 


4. Annual Report and Work Programme

4.1 The Safeguarding Children Board's Annual Report and Work Programme will be presented to executive government by the Independent Chair via the Chief Secretary.  see Annual Report on the Isle of Man SCB website.


5. How the Safeguarding Children Board Conducts its Business

5.1

The Safeguarding Children Board is made up of a strategic core membership that meets regularly throughout the year. Its roles and responsibilities include:

  • Providing strategic direction, co-ordination and planning in respect of the interagency safeguarding functions of the Board;
  • Being an effective motivator for setting and maintaining standards for the work of the Safeguarding Children Board;
  • Undertaking the Board's monitoring and inspection role in respect of any partner organisation that is not performing effectively;
  • Agreeing an appropriate budget for the Board;
  • Maintaining a focus on child protection during times of organisational change.


6. Operational Groups

6.1

Overview

  6.1.1 The SCB has established a number of operational groups to carry out the detailed work of the Board and ensure it is co-ordinated and focussed.
  6.1.2

The roles and responsibilities of the operational groups are to:

  • Devise the draft annual (see the Isle of Man SCB website) SCB Work Programme based on the priorities agreed by the SCB;
  • Ensure all operational groups establish their own work plan based on the SCB Work Programme to ensure review progress of the work plans;
  • Identify and co-ordinate any work which crosses over between groups;
  • Produce the draft Annual Report (see the Isle of Man SCB website);
  • Bring to the attention of the SCB any matter which is a potential challenge to the Board achieving its aims.
  6.1.3 Each group will draw up their own work plan with priorities and measurable objectives to guide its work. The frequency of meetings will be decided on the basis of each group's work programme but will be no less than three monthly.  Groups will set up time-limited task groups as required.
  6.1.4 The membership of the operational groups will reflect a broad range of statutory and voluntary organisations. Members will be selected on the basis of the contribution they can make through their professional roles and responsibilities.

6.2

Policy, Procedures and Practice Group

  6.2.1

The Policy, Procedures and Practice Group (see the Isle of Man SCB website) is responsible for:

  • The development of inter-agency policy, procedures and practice in response to best practice or identified need;
  • Reviewing current policy, procedures and practice in relation to responsive work to protect children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering harm  This will be on both a routine basis and when issues of concern about effectiveness are raised;
  • Developing and coordinating the Safeguarding Children Board’s inter-agency communication strategy;
  • Responding to other jurisdictions’ work to safeguard children at the request of the SCB.

6.3

Strategic Training and Development Group

  6.3.1

The Strategic Training and Development Group (see the Isle of Man SCB website) is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that single agency and inter-agency training on safeguarding and promoting welfare is provided to meet local needs;
  • Evaluating the quality and effectiveness of this training;
  • Ensuring the Safeguarding Children Board will contribute to, and work within, the framework of the workforce strategy.

6.4

Quality Assurance Group

  6.4.1

The Quality Assurance Group is responsible for:

  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by member organisations achieved through:
    • Peer review process;
    • Self-evaluation;
    • Performance indicators;
    • Joint audit.
  • Monitoring organisations through the self-assessment process to ensure they are fulfilling their obligations.

6.5

Child Death Review Process

  6.5.1

A Child Death Overview Panel has been established to:

  • Collect and analyse information about the deaths of all children in the area and ensuring any necessary action is taken;
  • Ensuring a co-ordinated response by all relevant agencies to the unexpected death of a child and monitoring the effectiveness of the CDOP Procedures.
  6.5.2 See also the Isle of Man SCB website - Child Death Overview Panel.

6.6

Serious Case Review Group

  6.6.1

The Serious Case Review Group is responsible for:

  • Undertaking Serious Case Reviews and other case reviews;
  • Monitoring the action plans arising following reviews;
  • Ensuring the dissemination of the learning from reviews.
  6.6.2 See also the Isle of Man SCB website – Serious Case Reviews.

6.7

Task Groups

  6.7.1 Occasionally Task Groups will be set up for specific purposes which are outside the remit of any of the operational groups. The chair and members will be selected to meet the needs of the particular task.


7. Safeguarding Children Board - Membership

See Appendix 2: SCB Structure Diagram.

See also the Isle of Man SCB website - Membership.

7.1 The work of the Board will be supported by the following:

(NB: although names of post holders may change the agency representation will not).

Click here to view Roles and Contact Details of SCB members.


Appendix 1: Strategic Objectives Diagram

Click here to view 'Strategic Objectives Diagram'.


Appendix 2: Structure Diagram

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