Sefton Council Child Protection Team forced to move from Southport to Bootle April 10th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Sefton Council Child Protection Team forced to move from Southport to Bootle Sefton Council’s Child Protection Team based in Hoghton Street, Southport, has been forced to move offices to Bootle under Council cutbacks. Safeguarding children Sefton Children’s Services operates the social care function of Sefton Council including the Assessment Teams and Family Support Teams. The teams undertake work with children and their families in need and distress. These children can be described as ‘Children in Need’ (Framework of Assessment of Children in Need and Their Families, DoH 2000; Children Act 1989, s17) or ‘Children at Risk or Likelihood of Risk of Significant Harm (Children Act 1989, s47). A social worker (and sometimes a police officer) will meet with the family when abuse is reported. They will also talk with other professionals to make decisions on how best to help. Vision/Aim of the Safeguarding Children Service “At the forefront of Safeguarding Children through positive partnership, participation and best practice standards.” Roles of the Safeguarding Children Service •The Safeguarding Children Service is central to the Council’s safeguarding responsibility. The service manages the business of the Local Safeguarding Children Board and the related subgroups. To lead the appropriate changes within the Local Safeguarding Children Board as per Government Guidance; Children’s Bill and Every Child Matters.To promote the LSCB strategic plan 2007-2010 undertaking safeguarding children in Sefton in its wider agenda and further developing and enhancing key working partnerships. Attending and contributing to the working of the LSCB in relation to all its statutory responsibilities. To monitor, update and distribute appropriate procedures in relation to Child Protection via the LSCB forum. •The service is responsible in ensuring that all Child Protection Conferences and Statutory Childcare Reviews on Looked After children are undertaken within appropriate timescales. That all Initial and Child Protection Conference Reviews are undertaken in line with the Child Protection Procedures and Performance Assessment Framework Indicators. To facilitate positive planning processes in relation to those children on the Child Protection Register and Looked After Children, ensuring that all Statutory Childcare Reviews on Looked After Children are undertaken in line with legislation and Government guidance. View the Local Safeguarding Children Board website. The Safeguarding Children Service takes the positive lead in the Participation Strategy within Children’s Services Social Care, to enable Children and young people to participate in meetings that affect them with the intention to strive to promote and assist young people to make a positive contribution to service provision throughout Children’s Services. The service advocates to actively involve children and families in the process, to ascertain their views in order to promote and safeguard their welfare and to ensure effective mechanisms are in place to handle complaints. The Safeguarding Children service also has a quality assurance role by reviewing and monitoring best practice standards throughout child protection and looked after children processes by contributing to the standard of practice within Children’s Services in relation to Child Protection conferences/reviews and Statutory Childcare Reviews on Looked After Children via the quality assurance monitoring forms and other reporting mechanisms. Ensuring multi-agency involvement in the process as per legislation, guidance, policies and procedures. The service will collate and analyse data emanating from conference and review material, and report regularly through the appropriate mechanisms. The Service is also responsible for contributing to the development of the social care practice process of the Integrated Children Services Plan, working alongside Sefton Strategies including Information Management; EServices; Single Child Record; and Common Assessment Framework to enhance working in partnership with key agencies/multi –agency perspective and to develop key supporting documentation to assist and build on best practice. What to do if you are worried about a Child? If you are unsure that a child may be suffering but are worried, or if you are concerned that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse, please contact the Social Care Customer Access team or alternatively, the Emergency Duty team. You can also view the concerned about a child or young person page and complete an online referral form. http://www.sefton.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=2656 The team is due to move offices in the coming days. As usual Sefton Council would NOT comment on the matter! 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