Practice Development Forum
The Practice Development Forum leads on the planning, delivery and quality assurance of training and service development across the Hillingdon Safeguarding Partnership. The aim of the Practice Development Forum is to ensure that high quality safeguarding training is provided across the adult and children’s workforce.
The Practice Development Forum considers learning from a variety of sources and ensures that this is effectively disseminated throughout the multi-agency workforce to inform and support practitioners in the provision of effective safeguarding services to Hillingdon Residents. Sources of information include:
- Single and Multi-Agency Audits
- Statutory Inspections
- Statutory and Non-Statutory Serious Case Reviews
- Any cases of national importance or implication
- Any emerging issues of local importance
- The Child Death Overview Panel
Child Sexual Abuse
The Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Subgroup will raise awareness of child sexual abuse in the community and across the partnership, develop strategies to improve practitioner capacity to identify sexual abuse through increased knowledge and confidence; and improve the partnership response where a concern is identified.
The remit of the subgroup includes consideration of all forms of child sexual abuse including in the family environment, peer on peer, and online. The subgroup will consider issues of equality and diversity, including the additional risks faced by children with disabilities. The work of the subgroup is informed by knowledge of local needs and services, and through the application of learning and recommendations within relevant reviews, inspection reports and knowledge of best practice.
The Joint Strategic Safeguarding and Trafficking Subgroup
The JSSAT subgroup is mandated to provide scrutiny and overview of the safeguarding arrangements for children, young people and vulnerable adults arriving at Heathrow. Its objectives are:
- To identify best practice in safeguarding both children, young people and vulnerable adults arriving at, and moving on from Heathrow and the relationship between Border Force and the London Borough of Hillingdon
- To identify and monitor identified risks to the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults and ensure that these are mitigated/managed.
- To ensure that relevant policies and guidance are up to date and properly disseminated. NB: this will be a mixture of policies from Border Force, London Borough of Hillingdon and Pan-London Procedures. National guidance will also be relevant.
- To participate in joint operations at Heathrow to provide information to travellers and to enforce the law where necessary eg, Operation Limelight to eradicate FGM.
Strategic High Risk and Vulnerability Panel
The Strategic Risk and Vulnerability Panel is mandated to develop a collaborative strategic response to children at risk of contextual risk factors. The group collates information from safeguarding partners and community intelligence to understand the risk factors children and young people face outside of the family home. The overarching objectives are to prevent, intervene and disrupt child criminal and sexual exploitation. The group will link children and young people at risk of contextual risk factors with each-other, to allow an integrated risk management plan, improve multi-agency safeguarding practices, strengthen communication between the professional networks of young people who have links with others, identify perpetrators and apply available legal solutions to minimise the exploitation of Hillingdon’s children.
The Panel will scrutinise, monitor and track partnership safeguarding practices for children and young people who are at high risk of (the list is not exclusive):
- Regular missing periods from home or care.
- Experiencing or being groomed for sexual exploitation
- Experiencing or being groomed for domestic and international radicalisation
- Experiencing or being groomed for serious youth violence/gangs
- Experiencing or being groomed for criminal exploitation, including county lines
- Experiencing or being groomed for sexually harmful behaviour.
- Being trafficked or are the victims of modern slavery.
The Hillingdon Stronger Families Partnership Group is a subgroup of the broader Hillingdon Safeguarding Partnership and has been developed to coordinate the delivery of early help services across the Borough. The purpose of Stronger Families is to ensure that children, young people and their families receive tailored support at the earliest point, from the most appropriate service(s), to enable children and young people to achieve their full potential. Early Help services work together with families to prevent difficulties from escalating and becoming more complex. It is consent based, and time-limited
The purpose of the Domestic Abuse: Partnerships subgroup is to ensure the effective integration of services and support provided to children and adults where there is also a safeguarding element. The subgroup has a membership that incorporates the child, adult and community safety partnerships.
• To maximise knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse across the partnership
• To foster a culture of early intervention and support to minimise harm
• To reach those groups of people who are additionally vulnerable and support them to seek help where required
• To ensure that services are responsive and accessible to children and adults affected by domestic abuse
• To ensure that learning from cases is implemented and disseminated as appropriate