MSCB Improvement Journey
The Manchester Safeguarding Children Board, and its partner Manchester City Council Children’s Services, are on an improvement journey. For more information about our improvement journey please see the resources pack below.
We hope that these resources will prove useful in enabling our partners to share information with their front line staff and support them in continuing our improvement journey and preparing for any future inspection.
An inspection will be our opportunity to showcase the fantastic work that our partners, at all levels, do every day to help Manchester’s children and families. That does not mean we will not be talking about our challenges – inspections are about being honest and open but also about being clear about how we are working to overcome those challenges and learn from them.
For more information about MSCB inspections, please contact:
Lisa Walsh, MSB Integrated Safeguarding Boards Manager (Interim)
Tele: 0161 219 2284 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since the last joint Ofsted Review in the summer of 2014 judged us as inadequate, we have been implementing an improvement plan to provide assurance that the MSCB is operating effectively, and has addressed the most significant deficits in its performance as identified in the Review.
Key areas identified for improvement included:
- improved capacity for scrutiny,
- development of engagement and support for the Early Help offer,
- improved engagement of partners,
- a revised and streamlined structure,
- public reporting through Annual Reports; and
- evaluation of the impact of training on practice.
Significant and tangible progress has been made in all these areas and the MSCB is operating in compliance with its statutory duties; and is able to demonstrate that, whilst improvement still needs to take place, it is moving in the right direction.
At its September 2017 meeting, the Board considered its improvement journey to date, which had taken place with all partner agencies working together to ensure safeguarding arrangements for children and young people are effective across the city of Manchester.
Areas of improvement include:
- Ensuring that the Board has a full understanding of any weaknesses in the delivery of services to children and families, particularly in social care; and that it takes effective steps to monitor and evaluate progress to ensure that children are safe.
- Reviewing and revising the Board structure to ensure that partners’ full engagement is facilitated – this includes providing clear terms of reference for the Board and all its subgroups in line with business priorities.
- Ensuring that the MSCB annual report provides an analysis of activity undertaken by the Board partners and the impact on improving the safety and outcomes for children, including an evaluation of private fostering arrangements and allegations management (LADO).
- Reviewing the Board’s business plan annually to ensure that it is correctly aligned with the core priority safeguarding issues identified and agreed by all Board members.
- Ensuring that all outstanding recommendations from serious case and management reviews are actioned or reviewed for current relevance.
- Reviewing the impact of the early help offer and evaluating its effectiveness in terms of partner agency contributions and the impact on social care contacts and referrals.
- Fully embedding the learning and improvement framework and ensuring that all multi-agency and single agency audits are submitted on time to the Board and that Board members understand their responsibility for ensuring timely responses.
- Ensuring that the MSCB training programme is fully evaluated in order to inform future training needs, including lessons learned by staff and impact on practice.
- Reviewing and revising the Manchester Safeguarding Standard so that it reflects changes in statutory guidance; and ensuring that all Board members understand and agree to the standard.
- Extending the current membership of the Board to include two new lay members, making a total of three lay members.
In the resource pack, you will find a:
- Letter from the MSCB Chair
- MSCB Improvement Journey presentation
- MSCB Learning from Serious Case Reviews presentation (Sept 2017)
- MSB Training Summary Annual report 2016-17
- MSCB Factsheet Complex Safeguarding Sept 2017
- Complex safeguarding improvement journey storyboards
- link to the MSB Business Plan on a Page 2017/18
- link to the MSCB Annual Report 2016/17 and other business documents.