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MSCP Annual Report

The MSCP Annual Report provides an overview of performance of the Merton Safeguarding Children Board for the year 2019-20.

The MSCP was set up under the Children Act 2004; however, in June 2019 new arrangements were published in accordance with statutory requirements of The Children’s Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.

The purpose of these local arrangements is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, also, to work together to identify and respond to the needs of children in the area. The legislation shares the responsibility for these arrangements between the Local Authority, the Police and the Clinical Commissioning Group across an agreed geographical area (Merton).

This report provides an update on what the safeguarding partners and relevant agencies for the local authority area have done as a result of the local safeguarding arrangements. The report will also provide an update against the partnership’s key priority areas outlined in the partnership’s business plan. These are:

  1. Early Help – providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years, and preventing further problems arising.
  2. Think family: Domestic Abuse and Neglect – working in partnerships with families to ensure their needs are assessed holistically whilst promoting resilience and helping them to create and sustain a safe parenting environment.
  3. Contextual Safeguarding – providing a highly coordinated multi-agency and whole council approach to a range of adolescent risks that occur in contexts beyond the family home, such as child criminal exploitation, child sexual exploitation, serious youth violence, peer on peer abuse, harmful sexual behaviour and other overlapping forms of harm.

In addition, the report provides an update on the partnership’s statutory functions in relation to the provision of multi-agency safeguarding training, and learning from serious incidents. Finally, the report also looks at the ways in which the partners have sought and utilised feedback from children and families to inform their work and influence service provision.

Annual Report