North East Lincolnshire Council

Children and Young Persons Partnership Board

Corporate parenting is the term used to describe the shared responsibility that the local authority and its partner agencies have for their ‘Looked After Children’ (LAC) and ‘Care Leavers’.

The Children’s Act 2004 states that relevant agencies including health, the police and all tiers of local government, have a duty to co-operate to secure the welfare of children. The Government’s White Paper, “Care Matters: Time for Change” (2007: p.20) emphasises that this duty to cooperate ‘underpins the arrangements for effective Corporate Parenting’.

We have put together the following local definition of commissioning:

“Commissioning is about investment in transformed services and outcomes in response to local need”
The commissioning process operates at a number of levels whilst maintaining a focus on improving outcomes for children, young people and families. By maintaining this key focus children, young people and their parents are supported to enable their full engagement and empowerment. The Children and Young People’s Partnership Board (formerly the Children’s Trust) focus commissioning activity around the key priorities detailed within the Children and Young People’s Plan and is the method by which the partnership will deliver improved outcomes.

The Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has been in place since February 2006 and is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how organisations in the local area will cooperate to safeguard children and young people and to ensure the effectiveness of the work. The work of the LSCB ensures welfare and safety of children and young people is at the centre of every agencies work in order that we can achieve the very best for children and young people in the borough through partnership working. The responsibilities of the LSCB in ensuring this happens are a fundamental part of the overarching responsibilities held by the Children & Young People’s Partnership Board.

Keeping children and young people safe is a key priority outcome for the North East Lincolnshire Children’s Trust Board and partner agencies with the aim that, “All children and young people grow up living in a safe environment”. The LSCB is responsible for challenging every member of the Children and Young People’s Partnership Board, on their success in ensuring that children and young people are kept safe and to ensure that the right systems, quality of services and practice.

Visit the Safer NEL for more information.

The Children and Young People’s Partnership Board in North East Lincolnshire is committed to involving children, young people and their families in the design delivery and evaluation of services that affect their day to day lives; Working in partnership to progress an effective culture of participation and engagement.

To deliver the outcomes outlined in the Children and Young People’s Plan 2011-14, the children and young people’s workforce needs to have the knowledge and skills to be able to work with children and young people and their families to tackle the issues and barriers that they face. This workforce includes all individuals and organisations that work with children and young people and families whether that’s on a paid or voluntary basis. They need to be able to work together effectively to ensure every contact counts and that children and young people are not being being sent from agency to agency, or falling through the net between agencies. Our challenge is to support staff and managers to identify and focus on effective prevention and early intervention work with children and young people, in order to improve outcomes at an early stage.

Locally we will ensure that the children and young people’s workforce is given the opportunity to develop their skills in addressing barriers to improving outcomes. Our aim is to ensure that the right workforce has the right skills in the right place. We will achieve this by developing the skills and knowledge needed by the workforce to achieve those outcomes and by identifying and offering the training and development that will take this forward.

If you have a concern about a child or family, it is important that you seek appropriate advice and support in order to enable you to support the family in the most effective way. This does not need to happen in isolation. This can be done in partnership with other providers to support the family to access the right support at the right time, using the Single Assessment process.

Next Steps

  1. Talk to the child/family if appropriate
  2. Talk to the designated safeguarding professional in your own agency
  3. Discuss with colleagues/partner agencies who know the family
  4. Talk to your local family hub manager or early help co-ordinator
  5. Consider completing Section 1 of the Single Assessment as a holistic assessment
  6. Call the duty team on 326292 (Option 5) for advice if unsure about actions

Referring to the threshold of need model consider the following factors to assist in deciding on the appropriate referral route.

Further information on the Family Support Pathway and Thresholds of Need can be found on the SaferNEL website.

Universal Plus and Vulnerable (Early Help)
Refer to the Cluster Single Assessment Meeting via the Single Assessment inbox.

If your concerns persist and you identify:

  • Concerns about a child’s development or behaviour change
  • Concerns about attachment
  • Deterioration in appearance / self-harming
  • Suspicion of neglect / poor parenting
  • Signs that parents are not coping / chaotic home life / mental health issues
  • Housing conditions that present a risk to the child / family
  • Domestic violence where a child was present but not injured or likely to have been
  • Reduction in school attendance / welfare concerns arising from low attendance
  • Low level crime / anti-social behaviour / child out at night
  • Child / family substance misuse
  • Family have suffered bereavement or separation
  • Parental engagement with services is poor

Complex and Severe
Refer to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Where the following types of issues are identified:

  • Sudden unexplained injury or concern
  • Several minor injuries reoccurring
  • Disclosure of abuse
  • Young person becomes homeless
  • Domestic violence whilst pregnant or which puts the child at risk of harm
  • Young child home alone or unattended
  • Child or young person missing
  • When continuous intervention by other agencies has not been effective
  • Unexplained sudden deterioration of health where advice is not being sought
  • Any concerns of child sexual exploitation
  • Child or young person displaying violent/ aggressive behaviour and/or engaging in criminal activity
  • Child or young person is a victim of crime
  • Significant self-neglect due to substance misuse
  • Family refuses appropriate services

Strategy, Policy and Projects, Municipal Offices, Town Hall Sqaure, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HU

Email: strategypolicyandprojects@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 313131

Opening times: Monday to Thursday 8.30 am to 5 pm and Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm except bank holidays