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Remember Victoria Climbié

Victoria was an 8-year-old killed in 2000 by an abusive aunt. Victoria had a horrific death after long periods of torture by her aunt. She was known to:

• 3 housing departments
• 4 social services departments
• 2 GPs
• 2 hospitals
• 1 NSPCC – run a family centre
• 2 Policy child protection teams
• She also had contact with a child-minder and with faith-based organisations

Yet none of these spotting or reported the abuse.

Sharing information is essential and is a key driver for the success of protecting children. Sharing information allows us to:

• Complete early intervention when additional services are needed to achieve positive outcomes
• Providing effective and efficient services coordinated around the needs of an individual or family
• Safeguarding and protecting the welfare of individuals

“The support and protection of children cannot be achieved by a single agency. Every service has to play its part. All staff must have placed upon them the clear expectations that their primary responsibility is to the child and his or her family”

There are a number of common features of safeguarding within organisations

• Recruitment and management procedures
• Policies, priorities, commitment and accountability
• Training
• Arrangements to work effectively with others
• A culture of listening to and engaging with children
• Procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff and volunteers
• Whistleblowing

All safeguarding children boards have a designated safeguarding lead with overall responsibility for ensuring the organisation operates procedures for dealing with allegations in accordance with the guidelines.

Organisations providing services or staff (including volunteers) working with or caring for children will operate procedures for handling allegations consistent with;

• Working together to Safeguard Children 2006
• Safeguarding Children and Safe Recruitment Chapter 5 Dealing with Allegations of Abuse Against Teachers and Other Staff (schools and education settings)
• The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is a tool used by these agencies
• A system for joint assessment (to avoid duplication)
• Similar to the elderly single assessment care process
• For accessing services for children in need (not child protection referral)