Venue: Council Chamber - Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JD. View directions
Overview of new structure
Thom Wilson, Assistant Director: Commissioning at Bracknell Forest Council, explained the new proposed Safeguarding Board arrangements.
The Safeguarding Board would function as a small executive of statutory partners, who would meet 4 times per year to oversee the entire Safeguarding Board function.
The Safeguarding Partnership would be the largest body in the arrangements, who would support the Board and have oversight of subgroups.
The Partnership would delegate issues and tasks to its subgroups. The relationships between subgroups and other related Partnerships such as the Health and Wellbeing Board was still being explored.
Priorities for the new Board
· Group discussion of priorities
· Scoring the priorities
· Identify what partners will contribute to the priorities
Abigail Simmonds, Head of Safeguarding and Practice Development at Bracknell Forest Council, presented the old Safeguarding Adult Board priorities. Prior to the merge to form the joint Safeguarding Board, the Adults’ Board priorities had been Community Engagement and User Involvement, Quality Assurance, Prevention, Risk Management and Learning & Development. These areas were recommended to continue into the new arrangements.
Thom Wilson introduced the Local Safeguarding Children Board priorities which had been in the last version of the Business Plan prior to the merge. These were Early Help, Safeguarding Disabled Children, Implementation of learning, Protection from online risks and Protection of emotional wellbeing.
It was stressed that both Boards had been effective, and had merged to reflect the Council’s structure as a new People directorate and as a result of the new Working Together arrangements. Other Local Authorities had taken similar approaches.
Partners were reminded of the priorities of other Bracknell Forest Partnerships, primarily the Community Safety Partnership, Health and Wellbeing Board and Children and Young People’s Partnership.
Partners undertook a workshop to score and rank priorities, and to find similarities and areas of duplication.
Arising from discussion, the following were proposed as priorities for the new Safeguarding Board structure:
· Learning from and building capacity
· Risk management
· Mental health / emotional wellbeing
· SEND vulnerability
· Young carers
· Transition children to adult
· Adolescence / supporting adulthood
· County lines and crim youth offending
The following areas were highlighted as Key Issues:
· Aligning priorities or reducing duplication
· Queried what will be the common thread
· Query around abuse cause and effect, eg. are people being abused due to their mental health?
· Impact of workforce of presenting in many boards and groups
Discussion items - Safeguarding Partnership & Sub-groups
1. How could these work in such a way as to ensure they are effective?
2. Membership – what arrangements will ensure we get the right members on the right groups, and that all members actively contribute?
3. It is important that information flows between meeting attendees, partner organisations and the various multi-agency safeguarding arrangement (MASA) meetings – do you have ideas for ensuring that this happens?
4. Role of the chair – please share your ideas on how we should identify a chair for the Partnership and the sub-groups. What are the core qualities of chairs and the way that they lead meetings?
Dave Phillips presented the initial thoughts on Board subgroups. The groups were proposed to be the following:
· Communication, Engagement and Prevention subgroup
· Safeguarding Adults Review / Child Safeguarding Practice Review subgroup
· Learning and Development subgroup
· Quality Assurance subgroup
Partners discussed how the Safeguarding Partnership would work in a practical sense.
Next steps and future meetings
Members to make note of actions to take back to their own organisations.
The Safeguarding Board Business Unit would assess the outcome of the workshop and establish the subgroups to meet accordingly.