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Local Safeguarding Children Liaison Group West

The Local Safeguarding Children Liaison Group (West) is an inter-agency forum that meets on a bi-monthly basis to consider joint working practice in respect of child safeguarding arrangements.  It is a formal sub-group of the Local Safeguarding Children Board.

PURPOSE

The Group aims to:

  • Co-ordinate the management and local implementation of the Safeguarding Children Strategy as well as specific and related policies from member agencies which link and relate to child protection and welfare.
  • To improve joint working practice and the protection of children.  This will be done by discussion of any practice issues raised within case practice.
  • To promote good working relationships and maintain good quality communication between all agencies.
  • To enhance communication and where appropriate, to challenge each other in order to continually drive forward service developments and maintain high practice standards.
  • To ensure policy, procedure and practice are integrated to promote the learning and understanding of child protection practice within professionals across all agencies
  • To act as the forum to resolve professional differences where there are local disagreements between agencies with regard to thresholds of intervention and/or action to be taken.
  • To inform the development of an annual Training Plan. This will be done by carrying out an analysis of training needs across agencies, identifying learning requirements for specific staff groups linked to the service provision within that specific agency.

PROCESS

The Local Safeguarding Children Liaison Group (West):

  • Will review and analyse examples of operational practice within the context of child protection enquiries, investigations and child safety.
  • Will examine issues identified by any member agency with the aim of promoting best practice.
  • Will feedback to relevant individuals and agencies learning from its findings and recommendations.
  • Will challenge practice, bring matters to the attention of relevant managers and raise issues for the LSCB.

MEMBERSHIP AND ORGANISATION

The Core Membership will consist of representatives from:

  • Children’s Services
  • East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT
  • Sussex Police
  • East Sussex Hospitals Trust
  • Sussex Partnership Trust
  • Additional representatives will be sought from Housing and the voluntary sector when case issues are determined.
  • The membership will need to represent a mix of practice and management so that recommendations can be properly discussed and implemented.
  • The Group will meet bi-monthly and a record of the meeting will be made available to senior managers in each agency. A summary of key issues will be provided for the LSCB on an annual basis.
  • The Group will also need to ensure that the voices of young people and service users are heard and that their views are valued. The Group will ensure that Xpress Advocacy attends the Group at quarterly intervals, so that the views and concerns of young people are fed into the Group.