There are currently five LSCB sub-committees which meet quarterly. Membership of each sub-committee is multi-agency and each sub-committee has terms of reference which is reviewed annually.
This sub-committee oversees the performance and quality framework which has been agreed by the partner agencies of the LSCB.
The work of this sub-committee also includes developing audit tools to enable partner agencies to effectively monitor safeguarding arrangements within their own agencies (e.g. section 11 audits).
Another key aspect of the work of the performance and quality sub-committee has been to develop a data set which picks out the main national indicators for safeguarding children, as well as the local ones which are relevant in Hillingdon. This data set has been built into the two year business plan of the Hillingdon Local Safeguarding Children Board and will be reviewed on an annual basis as part of its business planning workshop.
The case review sub-committee has been arranged in order to review serious case reviews, safeguarding adult reviews and domestic homicide reviews, and to ensure that learning is embedded and cascaded into the children and adult services. The sub-committee has representatives from both adult and children services, as learning needs to be disseminated across both service areas.
Once a case review has been completed recommendations are tracked through the case review sub-committee. Regular reports are then presented to the executive board of both the Hillingdon LSCB and Hillingdon Safeguarding Adult Board (SAB).
The multi-agency joint LSCB and SAB Learning and Development sub-committee’s role is to promote high standards of safeguarding by ensuring that training opportunities are provided and learning and development from serious case reviews and other safeguarding activities are shared to local staff within Hillingdon, this includes the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.
The CSE sub-committee was originally formed as a task and finish group, but due to the high priority placed on CSE by the Hillingdon LSCB, it is now a substantive sub-committee that reports directly to the Operational Board. The sub-committee has a robust action plan based on the model of Prevention, Protection and Prosecution.
Its key functions are:
Its aim for 2016/17 is to ensure that the CSE prevention and intervention strategy is embedded into practice to ensure the risk to young people is reduced.
This sub-committee is unique to the Hillingdon LSCB and its aim is to continue to strengthen the partnership that we have with Heathrow Airport and the Local Authority and other partner agencies. Operations at Heathrow remain a priority for children’s social care who support Border Force Officers in preventing child trafficking and potential victims of FGM being taken out of and returning to the UK.
A close working relationship between Heathrow, Boarder Force and Children’s Services is crucial in enabling the agencies to work together to support unaccompanied asylum seeking children who arrive at Heathrow.
The sub-committee now includes information regarding vulnerable adults travelling through the airport and therefore we have representatives from adult services.