Sub-groups of the Board

The Board has six sub-groups. 

Quality Assurance Sub-group

Responsibilities of this group are to:

  • develop agreed standards for inter-agency safeguarding work

  • establish and maintain appropriate mechanisms and processes for measuring the quality of inter-agency safeguarding work

  • contribute to the development of strategies to address any shortfalls in effectiveness

  • monitor and evaluate the quality of safeguarding work within individual Board partner agencies

  • contribute to the development of strategies for single agencies to address any shortfalls in effectiveness

  • To audit and review the progress of the implementation of recommendations of Learning Reviews

Training and Professional Development Sub-group

Responsibilities of this group are to:

  • identify the inter-agency training and development needs of staff and volunteers. This will include needs arising from changes in legislation, formal guidance, evidence from research and learning from case reviews

  • annually review the Training Strategy - Competence Still Matters

  • develop an annual training prospectus based on Competence Still Matters and Board priorities

  • ensure that the content of the training offered is based on latest research and evidence 'what works' when working with children and families in need, including those in need of protection

  • ensure training methods used are appropriate to the training outcomes to be achieved, and are based on evidence of what works in respect of skill/knowledge development

  • establish a quality assurance framework that will enable the sub-group and partner agencies to monitor the quality and their training programmes

  • ensure relevant training is provided by individual organisations, in accordance with the training strategy - Competence Still Matters

  • ensure that training is reaching the relevant staff within organisations

  • enure lessons from reviews are disseminated

  • monitor attendance in training

  • ensure the delivery of the training programme is within context of diversity and equal opportunities

  • contribute to the Board's Business plan

  • Sub-group chair / Training Manager to produce a comprehensive overview annual report in line with this terms of reference

  • lead on development of an annual multi-agency conference in line with the Board's priorites

Missing and Child / Adolescent Exploitation Sub-group

Respnosibilities of this group are to assist in:

  • reducing the risk of children going missing or being criminally exploited
  • improving intervention and diversionary activity for those who go missing, and offend whilst missing, or who are at risk of criminal exploitation
  • identifying perpetrators who assist children going missing, or aid in their criminal exploitation, and disrupt / prevent their activity
  • building a problem file for both missing children and the criminal exploitation of children / adolscents in Islington
  • identifying and disrupt peer-on-peer abuse in Islington
  • using trauma informed approaches to problem solve in these areas and safeguard vulnerable children and adolescents from harm

 Case Review Subgroup

Responsibilities of this group are to:

  • identify and consider cases, which potentially meet the criteria for a Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review

  • identify and consider those cases where lessons can be learned but which do not meet the criteria for a Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review, including learning from good practice

  • develop and maintain a referal mechanism that is sensitive to serious incidents from all the board's partner agencies e.g. Serious Incident Notifications to Ofsted, Serious Incidents in the NHS etc

  •  to develop and maintain a Learning and Improvement framework that will embed local learning, identify themes and other learning from national cases, case work, audits etc

  • ensure that the learning from all case reviewing activity is embedded in practice

  • ensure that the Board discharges all relevant statutory duties, including requirements from Safeguarding Board regualtions and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

 Education Sub-group

Responsibilities of this group are to:

  • contribute to reviewing the effectiveness of Board policies, procedures and systems in educational settings
  • act as a professional consultation group to inform the development and monitoring of Board responsibilities, practices and procedures
  • promote a shared understanding of responsibilities and challenges faced by key agencies when managing safeguarding and welfare to further strengthen multi-agency work and collaboration
  • identify and promote the dissemination of best practice in safeguarding, and the expectations of the Board, across Islington schools and education providers
  • support the Board in efficiently and effectively addressing identified safeguarding issues in educational settings

 Early Help Sub-group

 Responsibilities of this group are to:
  • monitor progress by the Partnership against Islington's multi-agency Children and Families Outcomes Plan
  • improve data and information sharing to support the delivery of early help and statutory support to familes with multiple needs across children's and adult's services
  • agree how and where to deploy resources to ensure they are targeted effectively across the partnership
  • develop and nuture a children's and adult's workforce that takes a whole family, relationship based, and trauma informed approach to assessment, planning and interventions
  • ensure continuous improvement in the quality of practice, including assessments, plans and interventions
  • ensure consistent and effective monitoring and evaluation systems are in place across early help and statutory family support services that evidence the impact on children and families' lives
  • promote and disseminate research findings and good practice in family support, share service developments and information across partners