Hi, I’m John Matravers. I’m the Strategic Lead for Safeguarding, Quality Assurance and Partnerships and also sporting lockdown hair (what little I have left) as I am sure quite a few of us are!
I work in a diverse area that includes the following:
- The Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Partnership (NCSCP)
- Reviewing Services for Children in Care and Children subject to Child Protection Plans
- Missing Children and Child Sexual Exploitation
- The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
As you can see we cover quite a few different aspects of Childrens Services but it’s really making sure that we all work together to improve the lives of the children and young people of Nottingham. So over to some of the great people who do the work to introduce themselves.
The Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Partnership
The partnership's role is to co-ordinate local work undertaken by all agencies and individuals to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and to ensure the effectiveness of that work. The NCSCP consists of three key agencies who collectively hold statutory responsibilities for safeguarding; the Local Authority (through Childrens Integrated Services), Health (through Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group) and Nottinghamshire Police.
Hi, I am Mandy Smith and I am the Children’s Officer for the Safeguarding Partnership. I support and manage several of the multiagency subgroups of the partnership. Including the Review Subgroup, the Quality Assurance and Audit subgroup and the cross authority procedures group. I support the statutory child death response in the city, supporting CDOP (Child Death Overview Panel) and the local authority. One of my main tasks is to facilitate statutory reviews within the city, these are Rapid Reviews and Child Safeguarding Practice reviews.
The partnerships role is to co-ordinate local work undertaken by all agencies and individuals to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and to ensure the effectiveness of that work. The NCSCP consists of three key agencies who collectively hold statutory responsibilities for safeguarding; the Local Authority (through Childrens Integrated Services), Health (through Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group) and Nottinghamshire Police.
Reviewing Services for Children in Care and Children subject to Child Protection Plans
Hello, I’m Eve Hailwood and I manage the Child Protection Chairs and the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
The Independent Reviewing Service is the team responsible for arranging and chairing initial and review Child Protection Conferences and Children in Care Reviews
The Child Protection Chairs have worked hard alongside you all to provide this adapted service, maintaining relationships with families and young people during this unprecedented time.
We chair many different meetings such as Initial Child Protection Conferences, Reviews, and Exploitation and Complex strategy meetings. All meetings are chaired virtually by the use of Microsoft Teams. Parents and young people who are of an appropriate age are encouraged to attend, in fact some young people have voiced that they prefer this method as it is less intimidating. It is so important that the children and families we work with are at the heart of the work that we do as we all recognise that they have an important role to play in the conference process so their voices must be heard.
Hello all. I am Alison Platkiw one of the Principal Managers for the Independent Reviewing Officer Service but my side of the Team focuses on reviewing Children in Care, wow that’s a mouth full. Our role is written into statutory guidance called the IRO Handbook 2010 in which we monitor the Local Authorities management of the Children’s Care Plans through our Chairing and monitoring role.
Since Covid 19 lockdown the Team have worked really hard to continue to Chair reviews via Microsoft Teams to ensure there is no drift in children’s Care Plans. We also meet weekly for a Covid catch up to share stories of our week and have a social distanced giggle at each other’s tales.
Missing Children and Child Sexual Exploitation
Hi, my name is Racheal Osborne and I am the Exploitation Co-ordinator, Lead Practitioner for Harmful Sexual Behaviour and Team Manager for Missing Children.
As the Exploitation Co-ordinator it is my role to oversee all cases related to various forms of exploitation. I undertake a quality assurance role on cases and chair strategy meetings when required. A large part of this role is also dedicated to organising and ensure the smooth running of the MASE (Multi Agency Sexual Exploitation) panel. In addition, I also sit on the CCEP (Child Criminal Exploitation Panel).
In relation to Harmful Sexual Behaviour I chair the ASHA (Assessment of Sexual Harm Arrangements) panel, whereby all young people who have either been arrested for or have presented violent/harmful/inappropriate sexual behaviour. This is also a Multi-Agency panel that takes place once a month. Any professional from our Directorate can refer into this panel for consultation, case management advice and assistance.
The Missing Children’s Team is made up of a Senior Practitioner, a Family Support Worker and a Business Support worker. They are a very hardworking team and can be the first point of call for cases that cause concern (especially in relation to any exploitation risks). Cases are highlighted via missing episodes that are reported to the Police, some will need further assessment after the completion of a return interview. The Missing Children’s Team will also sign post to other outside agencies for appropriate intervention when appropriate.
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
Hi all, I’m Karen Shead, and I’m going to write about The LADO Team of Eve Hailwood (Principal Manager), Tina Wright (LADO) Lisa Hurst and myself (Safeguarding Coordinators) are based within the Safeguarding Partnership Team.
The LADO team has continued to receive allegations or concerns about adults who work in positions of trust with children and young people since lockdown. This is despite many services for children and young people being closed or having reduced services. The referrals have been progressed as normal with police, social care and employers with virtual LADO meetings being held as required.