criminal justice
health & social care
local government

Raising Standards of Multi-Agency Partnerships through JTAIs

criminal justice

health & social care

local government

08:45 - 16:00

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Central London


This Forum will provide delegates with the opportunity to understand how their agencies can effectively deliver outstanding child protection practices in their local authorities. Participants will hear from a wide range of organisations leading the way in forging new, effective and innovative solutions to combating child protection issues across England such as Ofsted, who will be discussing the most recent 2018 inspection themes. Attendees will also hear from best practice case studies around managing risk of harm at the ‘front door’, taking a deep-dive approach to child safeguarding and successfully working collaboratively across public services.


This Forum is specifically designed for Local Authorities, Criminal Justice and Voluntary sectors. Typical job titles include:

  • Chief Executives
  • Councillors
  • Chief Inspectorates
  • Director of Children’s Services
  • Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Heads of Youth Justice Services
  • Acting Chief Constable of police forces
  • Directors of Fostering Agencies
  • Community Services Managers
  • Health Providers

This Forum is also open to the Health and Social Care, Education and Private Sector for networking purposes and to encourage debate.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Paul D’Inverno, Specialist Adviser, Child Protection, Ofsted
  • Chris Miller, Greater London Regional Manager and Treasurer, Association of Independent LSCB Chairs
  • Louise Reid, Head of Programmes and Anna Bachoo, Head of Practice,  What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care
  • Helen Davies, Assistant Chief Inspector, HM Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP)
  • Nick Jarman, Director of Children’s Services, Dorset County Council
View the agenda and additional speakers


Registration, Refreshments, and Networking


Chair’s Welcome Address

Professor David Shemmings OBE PhD, Professor of Child Protection Research, University of Kent (CONFIRMED)


Morning Keynote: Extending Knowledge on the Best Practice Inspection Process

  • Reviewing key advice in the ‘Joint targeted area inspections on Children living with neglect’ guidance released in 2017 including direction in conducting a ‘deep dive’ investigation in JTAI’s
  • Emphasising the need for an effective multi-agency ‘front-door’ approach as outlined in the ‘Joint Targeted Area Inspections’ guidance in 2018 and demonstrating how this looks, for instance, at sharing information well and gathering and analysing information
  • Preparing agencies for the next three deep dive themes including children battling with mental ill-health, prevention and early intervention, older children in need of aid and protection, and contextual safeguarding, including exploitation
  • Emphasising the need to use and benefit from the tracking tool to keep note of children’s experiences during JTAIs at each stage of intervention
  • Outlining the key processes to consider when conducting effective multi-agency JTAIs including the inspection process, gathering and evaluating evidence and providing supplementary guidance

Paul d’Inverno, Specialist Adviser, Child Protection, Ofsted (CONFIRMED)  

  • Outlining HMIP’s role within a JTAI inspection alongside Ofsted and others, such as requesting information of 10 cases from agencies relevant to the ‘deep dive theme’ including agencies such as National Probation Service and Youth Offending Team in order to achieve single agency sampling
  • Exploring consultation feedback as outlined in the JTAI Consultation outcome, learning from the pilot inspection and next steps document including the need to consider arrangements for services and structures that cross local authority borders within the JTAI framework
  • Taking action along with Ofsted and others after the pilot inspections including ensuring inspectorates offer a conference call for local agency leaders when they are told about the review to encourage joint ‘set-up’ of the inspection to commence before the JTAI
  • Highlighting how Youth Offending Services should progress in terms of multi-agency working with reference to the plans of each local agency needing to be strategically linked together to develop and maintain a collaborative strategy

Helen Davies, Assistant Chief Inspector, HM Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Promoting the Benefits of a Multi-Agency Approach to Improve Standards of Care for Children Suffering from Abuse and Neglect

  • Demonstrating how CWAC successfully created a robust partnership and show ‘a clear and collective commitment to improving responses to children who suffer neglect’ as outlined in the 2017 JTAI of the multi-agency response to abuse and neglect report
  • Highlighting a key strength of the response including taking a collaborative approach across partners at a strategic level leading to effective working and close relationships at the frontline of many services in supporting child protection
  • Outlining the success of the i-ART consultation service used by professionals across the area in aiding them to make decisions in cases of neglect
  • Identifying areas for improvement including spotting and managing risk of harm at the ‘front door’ and demonstrating how CWAC aim to overcome such a challenge in the future along with other steps being taken

Emma Taylor, Director of Children’s Social Care, Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) (invited)


Case Study: Learning Best Practice Child Protection Procedures for Future JTAIs: Child Safeguarding Board Perspective

  • Demonstrating how the work of the LSCB is made easier and more effective when coalesced with the JTAI ‘deep-dive’ including their main objective to safeguard children and protect their welfare using a multi-agency approach
  • Learning from the collaborative relationship of the London Safeguarding Adolescents Steering Group (LSASG) who collaborate with Bedfordshire University to build greater connectivity between siloed policy areas among other key techniques
  • Highlighting LSCB’s success in monitoring, evaluating and suggesting improvements to local authorities and board partners to safeguard children, for instance, ensuring agencies follow the Children Act 2004
  • Exploring LSCB’s  relationship with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and highlighting key findings from the annual report including key achievements such as the Hammersmith and Fulham Partnership group strengthen collaboration with the voluntary sector by bringing them into the centre of safeguarding work

Hannah Miller, Independent Chair, London Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) (invited)


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Afternoon Keynote: Successfully Embedding an Evidence-based Approach to Children’s Social Care

  • Leading the way in an innovative approach which creates evidence where it is lacking, increasing its accessibility and use it to support practice leaders such as social workers and directors
  • Exploring the ‘Working With’ Centre with the aim of collaborating with stakeholders such as 63 local authorities, 137 frontline practitioners and managers and more, to highlight research priorities, develop evidence and design an effective way to access findings such as through Practice insights design research
  • Emphasising the significance of having children themselves involved in the child protection process to progress in achieving multi-agency JTAIs, for instance including them on Children and young people’s panels
  • Highlighting the effectiveness of co-designing and testing tools and services with 21 local authorities and trusts across England, for instance ‘DIY Evaluation’ a support package for local authorities to generate effective in-house evaluation of change initiatives in children’s social care

Louise Reid, Head of Programmes, What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care (CONFIRMED)

Anna Bachoo, Head of Practice, What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Effectively Implementing Multi-agency Safeguarding Arrangements

  • Exploring what solid and effective multi-agency safeguarding arrangements look like; crucially collaborative agencies working with a shared and focused vision, willing to sustain, test and continuously improve
  • Highlighting key characteristics of Safeguarding arrangements including, hearing the voices of children and young people, providing leadership essential in ensuring good outcomes for children, involving all local agencies while strengthening the role of the Statutory Safeguarding Partners
  • Assessing the starting points suggested to achieve the above including delivering effective independent scrutiny, refocusing local efforts on quality assurance, retaining continuity in a time of change and improving approaches to learning from serious cases
  • Outlining key steps towards reaching the Department for Education’s July 2018, ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ and ‘Working Together: transitional guidance’ report and providing guidance on how to achieve this change

Chris Miller, Greater London Regional Manager and Treasurer, Association of Independent LSCB Chairs (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Successfully Uniting and Implementing Cross-agency Child Protection Objectives

  • Exploring the strengths of multi-agency working in Dorset such as MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs) successful in driving forward timely referrals and next steps in the child protection process
  • Utilising an effective ‘Children Missing from Education’ system, helping to guide schools on the process of informing the local authority about missing children
  • Demonstrating how local services received 90% positive feedback from young people for instance through the children health service offering quarterly reviews of a child’s wellbeing
  • Identifying areas for improvement such as better identifying criminal exploitation of children, which can be improved through Project Spotlight, an existing framework that can enhance the quality of this work

Nick Jarman, Director of Children’s Services, Dorset County Council (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Sharing Lessons Learned from a Joint Targeted Area Inspection (JTAI)

  • Sharing experience of the JTAI process including pre-inspection review of performance, tracking through detailed ‘end-to-end’ review of experiences and sampling children’s experiences
  • Highlighting the success of the integrated Social Care & Early Help Access Hub, which was praised in the 2016 JTAI for demonstrating good quality of collaborative social work practice through multi-agency early intervention
  • Demonstrating what makes Bedford’s sexual health services excellent, as praised in the 2016 JTAI report, in order to share ideas for improvements in other local areas, for instance the Integrated Contraception and Sexual Health services (iCaSH) website which gives advice suitable for young people on staying safe
  • Outlining how CBC and other partners in the local area are working to reduce the Health and Police sector’s reliance on Children’s Social Care and become more engaged by scheduling joint management meetings with managers outside of those sectors

Sue Harrison, Director of Children’s Services, Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) (invited)


Case Study: Successfully Uniting and Implementing Cross-agency Child Protection Objectives

  • Focusing on how the Hounslow JTAI enforced a more shared and deeper joint-up service locally since it praised services which contributed to a multi-agency approach such as the Independent Domestic Violence Advisor
  • Providing examples of how the JTAI generated an opportunity to challenge, extend and harness collective working including the creation of the joint action plan which constructively generated new communication channels
  • Highlighting how the multi-agency approach in Hounslow can be improved including ensuring there is adequate management oversight and performance monitoring; sharing how Hounslow aim to act on suggested improvements
  • Highlighting excellent services available to families where children have experienced domestic abuse, for instance, the ‘Learning to Respect’ and ‘Let’s Talk’ programmes which is successful in reaching out to schools and educating students and teachers on domestic abuse

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, London Borough of Hounslow (invited)


Encouraging Trauma-Informed Agencies to Reduce Compassion Fatigue

  • Addressing how agencies can address burnout, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue through producing closer relationships with clients and remembering that their current challenges can be understood in the context of past victimisation
  • Creating organisational structures that reflect the exact opposite conditions a person may experience during a traumatic event by attaining key values of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment
  • Recognising that due to negative past experiences (including negative experiences of professional intervention) survivors can be unable or unwilling to enter into a working alliance with them
  • Demonstrating how agencies at the local level can achieve effective outcomes within JTAI through coming together to champion the 5 key values above at the heart of their local strategy

This short session is based on ideas that first appeared in an article by Fallot, R.D. & Harris, M. (2009). Creating cultures of trauma – informed care (CCTIC): A self assessment and planning protocol. Washington, D.C: Community Connections and from Carolyn Knight’s “Trauma-Informed Social Work Practice: Practice considerations and challenges ” (2015) Clinical Social Work, 45, pp 25-37.

Professor David Shemmings OBE PhD, Professor of Child Protection Research, University of Kent (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Chair’s Summary and Close

*programme subject to change

 According to NSPCC’s 2018 ‘Research into the prevalence of child maltreatment in the United Kingdom’, approximately 1 in 5 children have been subject to domestic abuse while over 2,800 children were targeted as needing protection from sexual abuse in 2016/17.

In December 2018, Ofsted announced the core themes for Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAIs) which focus on how effectively local agencies collaborate in an area to protect children. Each set of 6 inspections focuses on a separate ‘deep dive’ theme, providing a comprehensive focus on a particular issue. Previous themes include Joint inspections of: child sexual exploitation and missing children,  the response to children living with domestic abuse, growing up neglected and the response to child sexual abuse in the family environment. According to Ofsted, to successfully cater to children’s needs, effective joint working is crucial at both a strategic level and practice level. Therefore, no agency can deliver an effective child protection response by itself. The Joint Targeted Area Inspection (JTAI) programme began in 2016 and is intended to deliver an integrated approach to child inspections, with Ofsted, CQC, HMIC, HMI Probation, HMI of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services and HMI Prisons. All four inspectorates will jointly examine how local councils, the police, health, probation and youth offending services are working collaboratively in certain area to recognise, support and protect vulnerable children and young people.

Therefore, in order to ensure the number of children subject to abuse is significantly reduced, the onus is now on multi-agency collaboration including local authorities, the police, health and social care services, probation and youth offending services to effectively identify, and support children subject to abuse.

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