Health Network

The Health Network is a communication forum which facilitates communication from and to the Board. It is not a subgroup of the HSCB; as it has a network function, which is wider than a subgroup. It is a forum for health professionals with lead roles in safeguarding to meet to discuss matters pertaining to the safeguarding needs of children, in health. The network has a function of ensuring key decisions at Board level are widely implicated and understood.

Education Network

The Education Network is a communication forum which facilitates communication from and to the Board. It is not a subgroup of the HSCB; as it has a network function, which is wider than a subgroup. The Education Network aspires to promote and support good safeguarding practice in all educational settings.

Training Subgroup

The LSCB Training sub-group meets bi-monthly. It is responsible for ensuring that single and multi agency training on safeguarding and promoting welfare for children and young people is provided at a number of different levels in order to meet local needs. The role of this subgroup is to assess the local training needs, facilitate the delivery of training, as well as monitor and scrutinise the quality of safeguarding children training across the agencies, and its own provision.

Missing and Vulnerable Subgroup

The Missing and Vulnerable Subgroup (MAV) meets bi-monthly and was established in response to Local and National issues arising from an acknowledgement of specific areas of concern and vulnerability for children and young people. These include Missing, Gangs, Forced marriage, Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking. The role of this subgroup is to consider both local and national issues and facilitate appropriate responses and actions accordingly.

Monitoring and Evaluation Subgroup

The Monitoring and evaluation subgroup (ME) meets bi-monthly. This subgroup is the forum in which safeguarding performance data from multi agency partners is analyzed, risk to performance identified through data analysis, single and multi-agency audits, serious case reviews and reported to the Board accordingly.

Child Death Overview Panel

The Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) meets to review the deaths of all children, excluding those who are stillborn or those who die as a result of a planned termination, from birth up to age 18 years normally resident in Hounslow.

The Child Death Overview Panel was established in April 2008 and is a subgroup of the HSCB. The government requires each HSCB to establish a Child Death Overview Panel to carry out a review of all child deaths in their area, following the processes set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015).

The CDOP collects core information relating to each child’s death and receives reports from other reviews of child deaths, including individual reviews of Sudden Untoward Incidents, hospital reviews of perinatal deaths and Serious Case Reviews.

The CDOP reviews annually the numbers and patterns of deaths in Hounslow and the HSCB and its constituent agencies with an annual report including any recommendations for future practice and reducing the number of preventable deaths.

FYOI Subgroup

This subgroup meets bi-monthly and is the forum which considers if all safeguarding aspects of children placed at the FYOI are appropriately met and the effective multi-agency work to promote the welfare and safeguarding of these children.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Subgroup

This sub-group meets bi-monthly and was established to implement the Partnership Improvement Plan (Sexual Exploitation) which works on the premise of the See Me, Hear Me Framework. This framework is a child-centred approach for protecting children and focuses on:

  • Preventing the sexual exploitation of children;
  • Identifying, protecting and supporting the victims;
  • Disrupting and stopping perpetrators, securing justice for victims and obtaining convictions.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Subgroup

This subgroup meets bi-monthly and its aim is to provide a borough wide multi-agency response to FGM, based on national and local needs and policies, coordinate and monitor the work carried out in Hounslow, communicate and link all FGM work with the relevant local strategies and Boards and raise the profile of the work carried out within the Borough.

Cases Subgroup

This subgroup meets bi-monthly and considers cases that may require a serious case review, initiate any management reviews on cases where appropriate, consider lessons learnt from any case reviews which may impact on practice, policy and procedural changes for recommendation to the Safeguarding Board, oversee the implementation of actions plans from serious case reviews and consider the effective impact of safeguarding work.