MSB subgroups – information for partners

In addition to the main Boards, the MSAB and MSCB have created a number of subgroups to undertake specific tasks on their behalf.

Some of these subgroups are shared between the two Boards, some relate to the work of just one Board. The MSB structure July 2018 shows these structures in diagrammatic form; along with details of the MSB Business Unit portfolios. Brief details of each subgroup are given below

MSAB Executive

The role of the MSAB Executive is to effectively manage the Board’s business, co-ordinating the work programme and overseeing key business functions on behalf of the Board. This will include:

  • Co-ordinating the development and implementation of objectives and priorities outlined in the MSAB strategy;
  • Driving the development of good practice in safeguarding adults work;
  • Establishing subgroups, task and finish groups and public engagement arrangements as appropriate;
  • Providing direction and support to subgroups and task and finish groups;
  • Monitoring and reviewing safeguarding adults performance in Manchester and providing an analysis of performance through quarterly reports to the MSAB;
  • Promoting effective community engagement with safeguarding adults work and ensuring that the voice of the citizen is heard;
  • Implementing lessons learned from Safeguarding Adults Reviews;
  • Receiving minutes from the Board and undertaking actions arising from the minutes as required;
  • Production of the MSAB Annual Report.

The Executive is chaired by a MSAB partner from the MHCC and supported by a MSB Board Coordinator.

MSCB Leadership Group

The MSCB Leadership Group has the following remit:

  • to support and challenge the Independent Chair in leading the work of the Board;
  • to identify issues of partnership working, to remove barriers to effective co-ordination, and to secure efficient contributions to safeguarding work that make effective use of partner capacity and expertise;
  • to ensure collaboration and a close working relationship between MSCB and non-statutory partners;
  • to direct the overall work programme for the Board and to plan and prepare agendas to ensure that the MSCB deals with priority issues in a timely and effective manner;
  • to monitor the Improvement Plan and Risk Register for the MSCB, reporting issues of concern to the full Board, and implementing action required by the Board;
  • to prepare and monitor the MSCB Business Plan and budget for the Board’s consideration and approval;
  • to identify and support where work can be undertaken in collaboration with the MSAB, the Children’s Board and the Health and Wellbeing Board and other bodies (including within Greater Manchester and more widely) to avoid duplication of effort;
  • to promote a whole system approach to improving the outcomes for children, young people and families in Manchester
  • Production of the MSCB Annual Report.

Membership of the Leadership Group:

  • Assistant Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police
  • Director of Children Services
  • Director of City Wide Commissioning and Quality, CCGs
  • Director of Education and Skills (Interim)
  • Director of Public Health
  • Independent Chair of MSCB
  • Primary Care lead
  • Representative Head Teacher
  • Senior Health Provider (Director level)
  • Voluntary Sector representative.

Members of the Leadership Group are members of the Board, representing their roles and agencies at the most senior level.

The purpose of the Leadership Group is problem solving and enabling good safeguarding work across the city, and ensuring a relentless focus on improvement and challenge. It will not be the Leadership Group’s prime role to examine the detail of work streams, but to be assured that this has been done in a rigorous and efficient manner.

The Leadership Group is chaired by the MSCB Independent Chair and supported by a MSB Board Coordinator.

MSB Communications & Engagement Subgroup

This group was stood down in May 2019.

The MSB Communications & Engagement subgroup was formed in April 2016 and operates on behalf of both the MSAB and MSCB.

The group is responsible for:

  • the oversight of the communication strategies of the two Boards;
  • the oversight of the development and maintenance of the MSB website and social media;
  • advising both boards on national, regional and local opportunities to promote safeguarding and encourage public and professional awareness;
  • leading on the implementation of campaigns and educational programmes to support safeguarding and to develop preventative strategies;
  • working with partners to actively promote awareness of the needs of vulnerable children and adults.

The group is chaired by a MSB partner from Greater Manchester Police and supported by the MSB Communications Manager.

Membership is made up of communications representatives from the partners of the Boards.

MSB Complex Safeguarding Subgroup

This subgroup monitors and scrutinises the work across the city in respect of particularly vulnerable children, young people and adults; for example those subject to or at risk of:

  • Domestic Violence & Abuse
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Gang violence
  • Honour Based Abuse and Forced marriage
  • Missing (from Home, Education & Care)
  • Modern Slavery and Trafficking
  • Radicalisation
  • Sexual Exploitation (including CSE).

The subgroup aims to:

  • Provide clarity on how safeguarding is addressed within these specific priority areas.
  • Have a clear understanding of the local situation regarding children, young people and adults at risk of these vulnerabilities.
  • Incorporate national learning and local learning into work of the subgroup.
  • Monitor the inter-related activity of the support and services to this cohort of vulnerable children, young people and adults.

This subgroup is chaired by a MSB partner from Manchester City Council and supported by a MSB Board Coordinator.

MSB Learning & Development Subgroup

This group operate across both the adults and children’s safeguarding arena. The prime purpose of the group is to assure the delivery of high quality multi-agency training for safeguarding that reflects local and national priorities. The remit of the group includes:

  • identification of learning and development needs across the partnership;
  • monitoring the take up of learning and development opportunities;
  • oversight of multi-agency learning and workforce development;
  • sharing information with the QAPI Subgroups to determine the effectiveness of learning and development.

This subgroup is chaired by a MSB partner from the NHS and supported by the MSB Learning & Development Officers.

MSB Learning from Reviews Subgroup

These subgroups oversee and manage all aspects of  the monitoring of case review recommendations from Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SAR) and Serious Case Reviews (SCR) and other review/investigation processes.

Terms of Reference for the subgroup have been prepared to consolidate the oversight of the implementation of learning and the completion of action plans and recommendations.

As part of each SAR or SCR the Panel must develop a robust action plan in response to the review’s findings, which will be reported and agreed by the SAR / SCR group, acting on behalf of the relevant Board, before the report is presented to approval to the full Board.

On occasionsit may be appropriate to commission policy and practice task and finish groups to examine specific cases or areas of practice more fully.

This subgroup is chaired by a MSB partner from the MHCC and supported by the MSB Policy & Performance Officer.

MSB Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) subgroups

The MSB Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) subgroups prepare information and reports for full Board decisions; and report regularly on the performance of partner agencies against each Board’s agreed objectives.

The subgroups scrutinise the MSAB and MSCB performance scorecards and identify issues for Board attention and action.

The QAPI subgroups have the following remit:

  1. to co-ordinate the work of the MSB subgroups;
  2. to prepare and monitor the MSB work plans, requiring regular reports from all subgroups on work undertaken, objectives achieved and outcomes improved;
  3. to oversee the quality assurance of practice, including conducting a programme of multi-agency audits involving practitioners;
  4. to measure the effectiveness of both Boards through the use of a performance management framework to hold members to account;
  5. to review activity and outcome data on a regular cycle to ensure that the Boards are alerted to significant changes and can require action or remedy;
  6. to oversee the Section 11 and Section 157/175 processes to ensure that the Boards have an accurate and comprehensive picture of how well services meet their safeguarding obligations;
  7. to develop mechanisms to share and analyse data and intelligence;
  8. to report regularly to the MSAB Executive and MSCB Leadership Group, and both Boards, on the effectiveness of interventions being provided to children and families and adults.

The QAPI subgroups may also establish task groups to oversee specific aspects of its work such as multi-agency audits.

These subgroups are chaired by MSB partners from Manchester City Council and supported by the MSB Policy & Performance Officer.

MSB SAR & SCR Subgroups

These subgroups oversee and manage all aspects of  Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SAR) and Serious Case Reviews (SCR) and other review/investigation processes; this includes:

  • oversight of the referral process;
  • consideration of cases for review;
  • management of the undertaking of reviews;
  • oversight of the implementation of the resulting learning; and
  • oversight of the monitoring of recommendations.

The erms of Reference for the SAR / SCR subgroup  have been prepared to consolidate the oversight of all aspects of the case review process.

Each SAR or SCR will have a Panel convened to oversee the completion of the review, and to provide the interface with the commissioned reviewers/authors. This panel will be responsible for developing a robust action plan in response to the review’s findings, which will be reported and agreed by the SAR / SCR group, acting on behalf of the relevant Board, before the report is presented to approval to the full Board.

Where appropriate these groups may also commission policy and practice task and finish groups to examine specific cases or areas of practice more fully.

These subgroups are chaired by a MSB partner from the MHCC and supported by a MSB Boards Coordinator.

MSCB Child Death Overview Panel

The Manchester Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) is chaired by a Consultant in Public Health and is made up from representatives from key local organisations:

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Coroners Office
  • Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) Central Manchester Hospital Foundation Trust (CMFT)
  • Greater Manchester Police (GMP)
  • Manchester City Council (MCC) Childrens Services; Education & Skills; Housing
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Saint Mary’s Hospital (CMFT)
  • Neonatal Unit, North Manchester General Hospital
  • North West Paediatric Transport Service (NWTS)
  • Public Health Manchester
  • Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) Team Central Manchester Hospital Foundation Trust (CMFT)
  • University Hospital South Manchester (UHSM)
  • Vulnerable Baby Service Central Manchester Hospital Foundation Trust (CMFT).

Four CDOPs cover all of Greater Manchester – all collect data in a common format to allow sharing of information in order to build a picture of emerging themes and patterns across the sub-region. The findings from child deaths is used to inform local strategic planning on how to best safeguard and reduce harm in children and to promote better outcomes for our children in the future. Data is also returned annually to the DfE to inform the national picture.

This subgroup is chaired by a MSB partner from MHCC and supported by the MSB CDOP Officer.

MSCB Safeguarding Practice Development Group & three Safeguarding Fora

These groups act as the connection between the MSCB and frontline practitioners and is expected to ensure that the Board is aware of live practice issues, good practice and areas of improvement as a result of regular communication with front-line practitioners.

The Safeguarding Practice Development Group (SPDG) membership includes representatives of the three locality Fora and early help hubs.

The SPDG subgroup is chaired by a MSB partner; the Fora are jointly chaired by locality managers from MCC and the NHS; all are supported by the MSB Communications Manager.

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