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Islington Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 has removed the requirement for Local Authorities to establish LSCBs and replaced with new local multi-agency safeguarding arrangements. Under the new legislation, the three statutory safeguarding partners – Local Authority, Police and Clinical Commissioning Group – must make arrangements to work together, along with the relevant agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in their area.
The Islington Safeguarding Partners established a project board in April 2018. Together with the ISCB chair and wider partnership we have over this past 14 months developed a robust set of arrangements that are dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in Islington, while ensuring that Islington is a place where everyone has a fair and equal opportunity to reach their potential.
The Islington multi-agency safeguarding arrangements can be viewed by clicking here.
Pending the full implementation of new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements in September 2019, the ISCB continues to carry out all of its existing statutory functions including both Serious Case Reviews and Child Death Reviews.
Note: The website and all content is under review and may change during implementation.
North Central London Child Death Review Arrangements
As part of new safeguarding arrangements CDR (Child Death Review) processes are also required to transform. 
In October 2018 the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Education released new Child Death Review Statutory and Operational Guidance.  It builds on statutory requirements set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children and clarifies how professionals and organizations across all sectors involved in a child death should contribute to the child death review process. 
The key change is that CDR partners in North Central London from Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington will come together to form a single NCL CDR process.
Further information around this can be found on the Islington Council website by clicking here and on the Islington CCG website here. 

 

What is Safeguarding?

  • Promoting the welfare, well-being and opportunities of children
  • Agencies addressing children's needs at an early stage rather than when serious problems have developed
  • Ensuring that risks of harm to children's welfare are minimised by protecting children from maltreatment, abuse or neglect
  • Ensuring that every child has the opportunity to fulfil his/her potential
  • Engaging the community in safeguarding children by raising community awareness and community involvement. This means increasing public awareness of risks to children and what measures can be taken to protect them
If you are looking for Information about services and organisations for children and families, please visit the Islington Family Directory in the related links.

 

The objectives of the ISCB are to:

  • co-ordinate local work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
  • monitor and ensure the effectiveness of individuals agencies' and multi-agency safeguarding work.
  • collaborate, share and co-own the vision for how to achieve improved outcomes for vulnerable children.
  • challenge each other appropriately and hold one another to account effectively
  • identify and analyse new safeguarding issues and emerging threats.
  • promote and embed learning and change practice in a way that local services for children and families can become more reflective and effective.
  • ensure agencies share information effectively to facilitate accurate and timely decision-making for children and families

Safeguarding must address the five outcomes for improving the welfare of children outlined in Every Child Matters and the Children Act 2004.

These are:

  • Be healthy - Enjoy good physical and mental health and living a healthy lifestyle. Parents and carers receive support to keep their children healthy.
  • Stay safe - Being protected from harm and neglect. Agencies collaborate to safeguard children.
  • Enjoy and achieve - Getting the most out of life and developing the skills for adulthood. Parents and carers receive support in helping their children to enjoy and achieve.
  • Make a positive contribution - Being involved with the community and society and not engaging in anti-social or offending behaviour. Children and young people are supported in developing socially and emotionally.
  • Achieve economic well-being - Not being prevented, by economic disadvantage, from achieving their full potential in life. Action is taken by partner agencies to support families in maintaining their economic well-being.