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Safeguarding Children

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 created the new Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, which, from April 2007 took on the responsibility for regulation and inspection of children’s social care.

We drive local delivery of the child safety public service agreement (PSA 13) and Staying Safe Action Plan to promote the safety and welfare of children. To help us do this we have many partners:

  • local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs)
  • local authority Children’s Services Division
  • NHS East Midlands
  • Ofsted
  • the third sector
  • relevant field forces

We challenge local areas to focus on identified priorities, monitor progress and inform key policy developments, with an aim to strengthen policies, integrate regional strategies and drive local delivery.

The Government is committed to improving all children and young people’s safety with a specific focus on the following key areas.

  • Reduce the number of children who have experienced bullying.
  • Improve the percentage of children referred to children’s social care who received an initial assessment within 7 working days.
    We work closely with regional partners to identify areas where work will add value. We specifically focus on challenging poor practice, supporting improvement and identifying issues that can be dealt with on a regional level through training, the development of protocols and the sharing of best practice.
  • Reduce emergency hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries to children and young people.
    We work closely with regional partners to identify issues and explore priorities for regional activity. Across our region LSCBs have integrated accident prevention into broader safeguarding responsibilities and there are a number of positive initiatives which we are looking to learn from.
  • Reduce the number of preventable child deaths as recorded through the child death review panel process.
    We work closely with Ofsted to oversee the serious case review process undertaken by LSCBs when they are notified of a serious incident or child death. We liaise with LSCBs on these cases to support and challenge them throughout the process, which aims to establish whether there are lessons to be learnt from the case. We are working with LSCBs and Ofsted on the new arrangements for managing serious case reviews as set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children and have an agreed working protocol in place.
  • Looked After Children.
    We are members of the Regional Looked After Children and Leaving Care networks and work with these groups to support the roll out of the Care Matters Implementation Plan.

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