Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership

Welcome to the Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership

Safeguarding children is a shared endeavour and responsibility in Camden.

The Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership Vision

‘All children and young people in Camden are safe, thriving and heard.’

Understanding the lived experience of the child by making sure children have an active, continuous and meaningful voice is central to our partnership approach. The views and participation of children and young people, will continue to shape our multi-agency practice developments.

CSCP Mission Statement

‘Working in partnership to keep all children and young people safe, thriving and heard within a community where safeguarding is a shared responsibility.’

Learning from, and strengthening our frontline practice will continue to be at the forefront of our working arrangements. We aim to continually improve how we work together to safeguard children and young people, in order to enable them to develop to all their capabilities.

CSCP Values

  • Listen and respect the voice of the child, their families and each other.
  • Be courageous in making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people.
  • Ensure shared responsibility and mutual challenge between partners to keep children safe.
  • Involve, value and respond to our diverse local community
  • Work together in partnership to reflect, learn and continuously improve.

What are local safeguarding partnerships?
In July 2018, the Government published Working Together to Safeguard Children, statutory guidance which sets out what is expected of organisations, individually and jointly, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This largely reflects legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017 which calls for Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) to be replaced by Safeguarding Partnerships.

What has changed?
The Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership will be led by 3 statutory safeguarding partners who will hold equal responsibility for safeguarding children in the area. The statutory safeguarding partners are Camden Council, Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and North Central Borough Command Unit (BCU) of the London Metropolitan Police Service.

Safeguarding Practice Reviews have replaced Serious Case Reviews (SCRs). The new National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel holds the key responsibility for how the system learns from serious child safeguarding incidents. The local authority holds the responsibility to make the notification of a serious safeguarding incident. The Camden Safeguarding Partners will take a lead local in learning reviews and work closely with the National Panel.

NCL Child Death Review Panel has replaced Camden Child Death Overview Panel. Nationally, the responsibility for oversight of child death review processes and for reporting child deaths has transferred from Department for Education to the Department of Health and Social Care. The Child Death Review arrangements will be cross-border and cover the geographical areas of North Central London (i.e. Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington). Camden CCG and Camden local authority will be the joint lead agencies.

Our transition from CSCB to Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP)

Our transition journey from an LSCB to the new local safeguarding partnership model, takes into account that we are moving forward from a position of outstanding performance;

‘Camden’s Local Safeguarding Children’s Board is outstanding. It has well-established and highly effective arrangements in place to hold partner agencies to account for safeguarding children. An exceptional commitment to continuously improve frontline practice is both evident and demonstrable’.

(Ofsted Review of the effectiveness of the Camden LSCB, November 2017)

What do we do?

  • Ensure agencies work effectively together to safeguard Camden children, by making certain that the statutory functions of the CSCP are quality checked through audits and effective performance management.
  • Address the challenges and risks posed by the changing face of safeguarding.
  • Ensure preventative and early help services are provided in a joined-up and effective manner.
  • Continue to develop a culture of good professional judgement as reflected in our Learning and Improvement framework.
  • Ensure effective training programmes across agencies are in place to keep children and young people safe in Camden.
  • Drive and challenge effective information sharing systems across all agencies to ensure good communication to keep children and young people safe.

How will we safeguard and promote the welfare of all children?

  • Through developing policies and procedures, by proactively identifying and responding to new and emerging safeguarding issues.
  • Through communicating to persons and bodies, the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, raising their awareness of how this can best be done and encouraging them to do so.
  • Through monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of what is done by the safeguarding partners and relevant agencies, individually and collectively, and advising them on ways to improve.
  • Through coordinating response to unexpected child deaths and serious incidents and undertake local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews, when required.
  • Through collecting and analysing information about child deaths, undertaking safeguarding practice reviews of serious incidents and advising on lessons to be learned.
  • Through reflecting, and making recommendations in the planning of services for children in Camden.

Camden’s Geography

The geographical footprint for the Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership will cover the London Borough of Camden local authority area. The CSCP is committed to enabling a culture where deprivation is recognised, discussed and reflected in decision-making. This is one of the core values of the partnership; involve, value and respond to our diverse local community.

Comprising almost 22 square kilometres in the heart of London, Camden is a borough of diversity, contrasts and varying inequalities. The borough juxtaposes the iconic youthful energy of Camden Town with; open spaces; business centres; wards with relative deprivation and exclusive residential districts. Every part of the borough has areas of relative affluence alongside areas of relative poverty. In 2016, 29% of children in Camden live in low-income families. This compares with a London average of 19% and 17% in England and Wales. Camden ranks 4th highest in London.

The estimated 0-18 population in Camden is 45,900, which signifies a rising trend (6%) over the last six years. Camden’s demographic profile corresponds to a typical metropolitan city with a university presence. There is a large proportion of students and younger adults, and relatively few children and older people compared to the national average. 41% of residents are aged under 30, with 18% of the population being children and young people aged under-18. Camden’s population is ethnically diverse. In the 2011 census, 34% of Camden residents were from black or minority ethnic groups. In Camden, after English, the most commonly spoken languages are Bengali (13%); French (8%); Spanish (6%); Italian and Somali (5%); German, Arabic, Portuguese and Polish (4%). 163 languages and dialects in total are spoken by Camden-resident children.

Martin Pratt
DCS and Deputy Chief Executive, Camden Council
Sarah Mansuralli
Chief Operating Officer of Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
Raj Kohli
Borough Commander, Central North (Camden & Islington) Basic Command Unit (BCU)