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Scrutiny & Assurance

Scrutiny

HSCP undertakes regular auditing of multi-agency child protection in Hampshire. This work is commissioned by the Scrutiny & Assurance Group and learning is disseminated to front-line practitioners via our training events and partner agencies. In undertaking audits and reviews, HSCP is committed to the following principles:

  • We will avoid excessive or unnecessary checks. Targeted quality assurance is more effective.
  • We will prioritise assurance activities that provide opportunities to discuss practice and encourage professional challenge.
  • We will be clear about the standard of practice that’s required.
  • We will involve professionals/practitioners in audits and reviews.
  • We will identify and share good practice.

Multi-Agency Dataset

HSCP uses information from Children’s Services, Hampshire Constabulary, Health Commissioners and Providers, Public Health, District/Borough/City Councils, Criminal Justice Agencies and others to assess the effectiveness of child protection and safeguarding arrangements across the Hampshire local Authority Area.

Our multi-agency dataset is aligned to the following themes:

  • Children and families are able to access Early Help and it is effective.
  • Thresholds are clear and appropriate; planning and decision making is effective.
  • Children in need of protection are identified, safeguarded and supported.
  • The Local Authority fulfils its corporate parenting role and looked after children and care leavers have good outcomes.
  • Groups of children with particular needs are identified, safeguarded and supported.
  • Children in specific circumstances are identified, safeguarded and supported.
  • Children attend education and are kept safe.
  • Children affected by and / or at risk of neglect are identified, safeguarded and supported.
  • We are recognising the needs of children when considering the impact of domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental ill health in adults.
  • Missing, Exploited and Trafficked Children are identified, safeguarded and supported.

This information is reported on a quarterly basis to Board members and the Scrutiny & Assurance Group. Our priority is to ensure that the dataset is used by the safeguarding children partnership to identify and address emerging trends and to ensure that improved outcomes for children and their families can be evidenced.