criminal justice
health & social care
local government

Raising Standards of Child Safeguarding through JTAIs

criminal justice

health & social care

local government

08:45 - 16:20

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Congress Centre, Central London


This Forum will provide delegates with the opportunity to understand how their agencies can effectively deliver outstanding child safeguarding practices through Joint Target Area Inspections (JTAIs) 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 safeguarding 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
  • Service Directors
  • Chief Inspectorates
  • Directors of Children’s Services
  • Directors for People
  • Heads of Youth Justice Services
  • Acting Chief Constables of Police Forces
  • Community Services Managers
  • Health Providers
  • Directors of Children’s Charities
  • Multi Agency Service Managers

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

 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.


Registration, Refreshments, and Networking


Chair’s Welcome Address

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


Morning Keynote: Outlining Findings From Joint Targeted Area Inspections

  • Time to listen – a joined up response to child sexual exploitation and missing children
  • The multi-agency response to children living with domestic abuse: prevent, protect and repair
  • Growing up neglected: a multi-agency response to older children
  • Protecting children from criminal exploitation, human trafficking and modern slavery: an addendum

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

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


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Exploring Successful Multi-Agency Working in Cheshire and, Merseyside and Greater Manchester: A Community Rehabilitation Perspective

  • Successfully creating a robust partnership with local agencies and showing ‘a clear, collective commitment to improving responses for Service Users and their families ’
  • Sharing examples of how the service has successfully contributed to better child safeguarding for instance, through developing more responsible behaviour of adults through sessions with case managers
  • Working with senior managers across agencies to establish a coherent response to managing Women in the Criminal Justice System
  • Delivering a desistance model to reduce reoffending risk

Chris Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Exploring a Clinical Commissioning Group's Experience of Multi-Agency Working on Child Protection

  • Exploring Berkshire West CCG’s involvement in the 2017 JTAI including progressive adoption of the ‘Signs of safety’ work by child health professionals which has aided to clarify their role and contribution to safeguarding young people
  • Highlighting the ‘Multiagency Procedures and Guidance for Children’ guidance developed through local collaboration and providing a gateway to the to the shared child protection procedures for Safeguarding Boards
  • Outlining progress in joint working across Berkshire since the JTAI including collectively ensuring that service providers are accountable through regular quality scrutiny processes
  • Advising other CCG’s on the benefits of Executive level CCG membership of all Local Safeguarding Children and Adult Boards in their regions as it ensures that safeguarding is at the centre of service planning

Liz Stead, Head of Safeguarding Children, Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: A Journey of Rapid Improvement in Jointly Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) 

  • Transforming from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ features in inspections by providing ‘wrap around’ support to children and families through a centre which integrates all the services and experts needed to deal with exploitation in a ‘one stop shop’ 
  • Sharing the ‘systematic and rigorous approach’ to improvement in Rotherham for instance through ‘Reach Out Rotherham Service’ a multi-disciplinary team providing advice to schools and communities on tackling CSE through a ‘Reach Out’ tour van
  • Highlighting how the Council provide an ”effective multi-agency response” to child protection according to Ofsted, for instance through collaborating with the local safeguarding board on the Multi-Agency Continuum of Need guidance which offers support on 4 levels: Universal, vulnerable, complex and acute  
  • Exploring ‘outstanding’ services such as using mapping approaches where agencies reviewed networks of abuse in child sexual exploitation and applied it to chronic neglect, providing a clear view for future prevention 

Councillor Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services & Neighbourhood Working, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (CONFIRMED) 


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


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

  • Working on innovative, evidence based approaches to children’s social care to create evidence where it is lacking, increase accessibility to evidence and sharing with social workers and children services directors
  • Collaborating with 63 local authorities, 137 frontline practitioners and managers amongst others to highlight research priorities, develop evidence-based approaches and design effective ways to access research findings
  • Emphasising the significance of having children themselves involved in the child protection process by 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 effective multi-agency safeguarding arrangements; agencies working collaboratively with a shared, focused vision, willing to sustain, test and continuously improve
  • Providing effective leadership and ensuring that all local agencies are involved, 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 goals of 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 Implementing Cross-Agency Child Protection Objectives

  • Exploring the strengths of multi-agency working in Dorset such as MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs) in the impact of ‘timely referrals’
  • 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 through the children’s health service offering quarterly reviews of a child’s wellbeing
  • Identifying areas for improvement such as improving the identification of criminal exploitation of children though ‘Project Spotlight’, allowing the police to share information about organised crime groups with partner agencies

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


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Learning from the Experience of Protecting Children at a Local Safeguarding Children Board

  • Exploring key priorities in the BDSCB Business Plan such as embedding early help services across local agencies in the area and outlining their significance such as prevention leading to less strain and spending on local services
  • Outlining how priorities are being met such as through monitoring the effectiveness of early help using data and increasing application of the ‘continuum of need’ through training
  • Provided that 78% of parents are unable to identify key signs of child sexual exploitation, encouraging all agencies at a to be resourceful and promote free parental guidance such as the ‘Protecting Children from Child Exploitation’ course, educating them on signs of abuse
  • Outlining how agencies can collaborate by delivering a campaign such as the ‘Disrespect Nobody’ campaign, which integrates the emergency services, council services and others by providing guidance on how to take action using each service

Ian Winter CBE, Independent Chair, Barking and Dagenham Safeguarding Children Board (BDSCB) (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Outlining Changes and Improvements Implemented Post-JTAI to Improve Child Safeguarding Practices

  • Exploring the key strengths and outcomes coming from Salford’s JTAI including the ‘Real Love Rocks’ and ‘Black eyes and cottage pies’ theatre productions delivered in local schools, educating children about health relationships
  • Highlighting the effectiveness of ‘The Bridge’ partnership in enabling children and families to access help at an early stage through filling out an Early Help Assessment form and screening participates concerning the welfare or safety of a child
  • Outlining how the 0-4 domestic abuse pathway contributes to effective practice by enabling children centre staff to provide services such as outreach teams to families early to reduce escalation of needs
  • Identifying areas for improvement such as ensuring health teams have consistent full information on the risk to children and families and highlighting how these areas have been improved

Charlotte Ramsden, Strategic Director for Community, Health and Social Care, Salford City Council (CONFIRMED)


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

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