MSCP Annual Report & Business Plan
The most recent Annual report for 2017-2018 is of the work of the Merton Safeguarding Children Board, the Board has been replaced by the Merton Safeguarding Children Partnership. The Annual Report is a statutory requirement under section 14A of the Children Act 2004. The questions that the Board, now Partnership, is continuously seeking to answer in our annual report are:
- Is there evidence that the right standards, policies, guidance, procedures, protocols are in place?
- Is there good evidence that these are being implemented and applied consistently?
- What impact/difference does this make in keeping Merton children and young people safe from harm and ensuring that their well-being is supported?
This report shows how the work we are doing as a safeguarding partnership is making a difference for children and their families.
The Board’s strengths are identified as:
- The MSCP is a mature partnership that is open to learning and challenge
- Senior representation and engagement from agencies
- A relentless focus on working together to keep children safe
- A strong performance focus including the annual QA process
- Annual conference and comprehensive training programme
- An improved connection between the Board and frontline practitioners which has and will continue to improve; this includes the Board’s responsiveness to and influence on multi- agency frontline practice
- The Board has clear priorities and the work programme has been aligned to support their delivery.
Our agreed areas of focus during 2016-2017 included:
- Think Family
- Supporting Vulnerable Adolescents
- Early Help
With neglect as a cross-cutting theme throughout these priorities.