ISCP Annual Report 2018

The 2018 annual report from the Islands Safeguarding Children Partnership (formally the Islands Child Protection Committee) highlights a number of positive signs in relation to multi-agency efforts to protect vulnerable children.
The 2018 annual report is available to download here.

The report, the eighth to be released by the Partnership since it was established in the Children (Guernsey and Alderney) Law 2008, which was implemented in January 2010, recognises a significant positive in the number of children being looked after off-island continuing to fall.

Additionally, the level of early help being provided through the Multi-Agency Support Hub remains high.

The report also highlights the ISCP's plan for 2019, which identifies the need for continued attention to actions under the four strategic priorities: maximising capacity and resources, managing partnership and engagement, ensuring focus on vulnerable groups, and embedding learning and improvement.

Independent Chair of the ISCP, Simon Westwood, said it recognised that there is a lot of good work being done to safeguard children in the islands, although there is much still to do. He states that the 2018 report indicates some positives developments:

'The numbers of children on a child protection plan have increased, but this indicates a positive approach to early support as the number staying on a plan for more than two years have reduced significantly. Those who return to a plan for a second time have also decreased, alongside an increase in non-offence referrals to the Convenor and an increase in enquiries to the multi-agency support hub resulting in early help support. The main reason for children coming off a child protection plan is an improvement in home circumstances. Together these indicate that services are intervening early and effectively to reduce the need for long term support.'

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