Advocate report: Bristol Safeguarding Children Board

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11 September, 2018


Voscur Advocate: Jackie Citron
Board Chair: Sally Lewis
Date of meeting: 16 May 2018

VCSE-relevant discussions:

1. The Role of the CQC

CQC Inspectors can be contacted regarding any concern about domiciliary care for CYP. They have the power to prosecute in cases of significant harm, and work closely alongside the Police and HSE. There are currently no welfare secure beds available at Vinney Green Secure Unit, however it is possible to request a welfare secure bed if a Criminal Justice secure bed is not available.

2. Self-harm 

Jo Williams presented the Annual Report. There has been an increase in hospital admissions for self-harm among all age groups of young people. The increase in Bristol is higher than the national picture. Since September 2017, CAMHS have introduced the i-THRIVE framework which is defined as ‘A way of conceptualising need amongst a community of children, young people and their families, which is measured under 5 categories: thriving, getting advice, getting help, getting more help and getting risk support’. From April 2018, CAMHS Triage, Assessment and Outreach (CTAO) have extended their hours: 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on weekends and bank holidays. Whilst this increase in hours is a positive step, it was noted that capacity remains an issue.

A significant amount of training about self-harm (CASCADE) has been undertaken in schools such that 94% of Bristol schools have received this training by CAMHS.

Public Health Bristol have funded 10 Heads of Wellbeing in 10 of the most deprived Bristol schools.

The 0-25 Emotional Health & Wellbeing Directory has been developed as the go-to resource for information about CYP mental health services in Bristol.

3. Children Missing from Home & Care

An audit of all children who had refused a return from missing interview revealed that all but one had spoken to a professional about why they had refused the interview (not why they had gone missing).

Of the 567 children who were reported missing in 2017/18, 123 went missing from Care (22%). It has been decided to offer children a choice about who to speak to after a missing episode, provided it is a professional they know and trust.  Overall there were 644 missing episodes during this period.

4. BSCB Annual Report

The BSCB provided a snapshot of safeguarding across the city as follows:

  • 28% of children living in poverty
  • 45 unaccompanied child asylum seekers
  • 83 children and young people flagged at high risk of CSE BCC Social Care & Barnardo’s BASE Project.
  • 1457 episodes of children going missing from home or care
  • >23,000 contacts with Bristol First Response
  • 26% re referrals
  • 361 children subject to a Child Protection Plan as of 01/03/18
  • 1545 open Child in Need cases as of 01/03/18
  • 507 children with a disability supported by the 0-25 service throughout the year
  • 645 children and young people looked after at the end of 2017/18

JTAI: Next Steps:

The final date for submissions of the single agency referral quality audit was 13/06/18.  There was no expectation on the VCSE sector to complete this audit but they were welcome to do so. 

Date of next meeting

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at City Hall

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