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Quality Assurance Group

The work of the Quality Assurance Subgroup enables the LSCB to fulfil its monitoring and evaluation function as laid down in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ 2015: i.e. ‘To Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by the Local Authority and Board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advise them on ways to improve’

Annual Work Cycle:

  • Quarterly monitoring of the LSCB ‘Performance Dashboard’ which contains a range of performance indicators on multi-agency working and outcomes for vulnerable children.
  • Conducting a programme of multi-agency audits (up to six a year) which can scrutinise the entire child protection process, or based on one part of the process or a theme.
  • Collation of responses of individual member agencies to National Child Protection/Safeguarding audits/inquiries in order to identify any issues for multi-agency working locally
  • Audit of agencies’ compliance with Serious Case Review recommendations
  • Conducting thematic audits/reviews as determined by the annual work programme for the LSCB
  • The Quality Assurance sub-group also serves as the Serious Case Review sub-committee as required

Annual Audit Programme:

The Quality Assurance Subgroup undertakes up to six audits annually, including one ‘deep dive’ audit a year. These can be ‘regular case file audits’ scrutinising the entire child protection process, or based on one part of the process or a theme, for example an audit of strategy discussions, cases referred for sexual abuse, or fabricated or induced illness, or cases relating to privately fostered children. In 2017/18 audits have been undertaken on children with disabilities, sexual abuse, private fostering, and neglect.

The audit reports are shared with managers and the LSCB Steering Group. In 2018 the LSCB has started to produce learning briefings for practitioners and managers from each audit. Briefings include:

 

Membership:

 

ESCC

Head of Children’s Safeguarding

Education representative

Health

Designated Doctor

Designated Nurse

Police

Detective Chief Inspector – Crime Manager

LSCB

LSCB Business Manager

 

Chair:

  • Designated Doctor.

Frequency of Meetings:

  • Every two months

Administration:

  • The LCSB Business Manager, LSCB Audit Officer and the LSCB Administrative Assistant will support the group.

Accountability:

  • The Group is accountable to the LSCB, and will report annually to the Board.