Bexley LSCB

Welcome to the Bexley Safeguarding Partnership for Children and Young People Website - this provides information for professionals, volunteers, children & young people and their families.

PLEASE NOTE THIS WEBSITE IS UNDER REVIEW AND SOME CONTENT MAY BE OUT OF DATE.

COVID-19 – BEXLEY S.H.I.E.L.D. BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANS

Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D. Executive (made up of the leaders of our 3 statutory safeguarding partners, the Police, Clinical Commissioning Group and Local Authority) has reviewed all of our partnership activity, meetings and events over the forthcoming few weeks and agreed what we can progress, approach differently, scale back, or postpone. Our plans are in short as follows:

  • In general, meetings, training courses and learning events will be postponed or business and decision-making done by correspondence and phone call with the partnership team
  • The Partnership Board in April will do its business by correspondence and (where required) phone call with the partnership team – supporting paperwork will be sent out in advance
  • Our Executive will monitor the progress of the partnership’s work programme, do its business and decision-making done by correspondence and phone call where required
  • The Learning Hub will be managed by correspondence and phone call with the partnership team until the Hub groups are able to meet again
  • Responding to serious incidents and making decisions about notifications to the National Panel will be done by correspondence and phone call via the Learning from Practice Group and the 3 statutory safeguarding partners
  • Multi-agency auditing will be led by the partnership team and focus on reviewing young people’s records online with follow-up calls with practitioners where required.

We will of course respond to the ongoing changes to how we need to be working and recognise we all might be required to support frontline duties in our respective organisations.

Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D. will disseminate information from all our partners about their own business continuity plans as we receive them – this information will be shared with our Partnership Board members to cascade accordingly.

If you have any questions, please email shield@bexley.gov.uk.

OUR NEW ARRANGEMENTS

As a result of the Children and Social Work Act 2017, the Bexley Safeguarding Children Board has been replaced with the Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D. Safeguarding Partnership for Children and Young People. Please see the following document which sets out how the new arrangements work in Bexley:

Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D. Safeguarding Partnership for Children and Young People: Our new arrangements (Updated December 2019)

NEW CHILD DEATH REVIEW ARRANGEMENTS IN BEXLEY, LEWISHAM AND GREENWICH

Bexley, Lewisham and Greenwich have agreed to combine and be treated as a single area for child death reviews. A single central team will support all aspects of the management and administration of the child death review process. Each borough will have its own designated doctor for child deaths.

Further information is contained in the following document:

Bexley, Lewisham, Greenwich Child Death Review Process - A description of the new arrangements for Child Death Reviews across the three boroughs (July 2019)

THRESHOLDS DOCUMENT

One of our key statutory responsibilities is to publish a 'Threshold document'. In Bexley this is the Effective Support for Children, Young People and Families in Bexley document.

E-BULLETINS

The latest e-Bulletin is available here and previous e-Bulletins are available here Bexley SHIELD also publishes a training and events e-Bulletin which is available here. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the e-bulletin, please email shield@bexley.gov.uk.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

For the latest COVID-19 resources, please see here.