The Hillingdon Neglect Subgroup has been developed to ensure that children who experience neglect are listened to and safeguarded and that all professionals working with vulnerable families are given the support, knowledge, skills and training required identifying neglect and supporting the families to make appropriate changes. The group assesses the quality of direct work undertaken in gaining the wishes and feelings of children who are experiencing neglect, sources and disseminates research, and scrutinises performance data in relation to neglect to ensure that children are safeguarded and provided with the help and support they need. The Neglect Subgroup is leading on the implementation of the NSPCC Graded Care Profile 2, an evidence-based tool for assessing neglect, across the Safeguarding Partnership.
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
Safeguarding Children with Complex Needs and Disability
The Hillingdon Safeguarding Children With Complex Needs and Disability Task and Finish group has been developed to ensure that the voice of children with complex needs and disabilities (CWCD) and their parents/ carers are at the centre of all safeguarding actions; that practitioners across the Safeguarding Partnership have the support, knowledge, skills and training required to respond effectively to safeguarding needs of children with complex needs, and to enhance professional understanding of agency role and responsibility in relation to the interface between complex needs and safeguarding concerns. The group sources and disseminates research, and scrutinises safeguarding children with complex needs data in Hillingdon with regard to appropriate plans.
The definition of ‘Complex Needs’, for the purpose of this group, is as follows:
‘An individual with two or more needs affecting their physical, mental, social or financial wellbeing. Such needs typically interact with and exacerbate one another, resulting in a significant and enduring impact on their life, often leading to the need for specialist support from education, health and/or social care’.
The definition of ‘Disability’, is as follows:
‘An individual with a physical or mental impairment resulting in a substantial and long-term negative effect on ability to carry out normal daily activities’. (Substantial is more than minor or trivial, for example, it takes much longer than it usually would to complete a daily task such as getting dressed. Long term means 12 months or more). (Equality Act 2010)
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.
Modern Slavery Subgroup
The Hillingdon Modern Slavery Subgroup has been developed to ensure that frontline practitioners across the Adult and Child Safeguarding Partnerships recognise indicators of Modern Slavery and, through a multiagency protocol; they will employ the best suited referral pathways to assess and provide proportionate and timely support. The Subgroup will focuses on the following key areas:
- Raising awareness of Modern Slavery across the wider community and safeguarding agencies
- The mapping of existing supports for victims of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, the development of a list of supports and embedding of this into practice guidance
- Ensuring more effective identification of potential victims, this will be evidenced by an increase in appropriate referrals to adult/child safeguarding services
- The development, and communication, of a robust referral pathway for adults with care and support needs, children and young people, and those who may require signposting to support services
- The development of robust practice guidance to coordinate our multi-agency response, ensuring our response is timely and effective
- To ensure that agencies are working in accordance with the statutory duties related to the National Referral Mechanism and duty to notify
- The development of reporting systems to capture data relating to Modern Slavery
- Ensuring that the work of the subgroup is progressed in parallel with the existing council wide Modern Slavery Charter