The partnership’s fifth priority – Getting basic child protection right – was launched in June 2020. Basic child protection is one of the partnership’s priorities each year. The CCG and the local authority are jointly leading on this priority, which is focussed on ‘fixing’ a number of practice-related issues.

Due to COVID-19 it was not possible to launch this priority at a system learning event. However, learning hub members have been identified and a number of project activities are underway:

  • June 2020:
    • Revisiting cases audited as part of the JTAI on young people’s mental health
    • Scoping the content of multi-agency training on professional curiosity (as suggested by the CCG)
    • Section 11 activity 2020
    • The multi-agency assessment protocol (this had now been successfully disseminated across the partnership)
  • July/August 2020:
    • Reviewing JTAI outcome
    • Reviewing the impact on parents of the leaflets produced as part of Priority 3
    • Police MERLINs into MASH
    • Audit on strategy discussions
    • Young carers
    • Impact of training
    • Training materials on child protection procedures
    • Quality of chronologies in CSC and health agencies
    • Feedback from Bexley F.L.A.R.E. on alternative language to ‘step down’
    • Fabricated and Induced Illness

The original timeline the work was April-July 2020 but due to COVID-19, the revised timetable is June-August 2020. Each of these project activities are being taken forward by a small working group consisting of Learning Hub members and relevant partnership leads. Recommendations for future action will be reported to the Partnership Board via the Learning Hub in October 2020.