Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (OSCP) has published its annual report, with reports from the major partners (Council of the Isles of Scilly, NHS Kernow, Devon and Cornwall Police, and Cornwall Council) and from the subgroups on the committee.  If you have an interest int child safety, or work with children, this is worth a look, to ensure that you are up to date with what is happening in this field, in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The conclusion of the report is positive, with OFSTED giving positive inspections of the two Councils’ children’s services departments in October 2019.

2019/20 has been another good year for child safeguarding in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It has been busy and productive, building on the successes of previous years. Individually and collectively the staff and organisations have taken how children are helped and protected to a higher level.

The overall quality of practice is of an excellent standard with children at the centre of the work being undertaken. There has been a definite change to how children are engaged. There is an improved under-standing of the effects of unresolved trauma and this is leading to more tolerance, better communication and a more in-depth way of working with children and their families. Children are now rarely seen as ‘difficult’ but are instead recognised as having experienced difficult situations.

The most valid endorsements on the quality of work in our area came after the Ofsted inspections of children’s services within both Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly during October 2019. Cornwall Council was assessed as ‘Outstanding’ and the Council of the Isles of Scilly was assessed as ‘Good’. Child safeguarding is only successful if all partners are working effectively together and both organisations commented on the excellent multi-agency partnership work that supported the quality of their efforts.

The partnership needs to build on this solid foundation to improve even further and although there is much good practice, OSCP feels additional work is required in the following subjects:
Whilst accepting that the response to unresolved trauma has greatly improved, it needs to be broader, more consistent and further developed. This should be a focus across all areas of activity.
Similarly, how we engage and work alongside children should be developed even further. Our approach should be aligned with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and OSCP will be pushing for this to be a feature of all work our organisations and partnerships undertake with children.

• Neglect
• Child sexual abuse
• Child exploitation
• Emotional health and wellbeing
• Domestic abuse
• Early Years (Pre-birth to four)
• Vulnerable Adolescents (11 – 18)

Whilst accepting that the response to unresolved trauma has greatly improved, it needs to be broader, more consistent and further developed. This should be a focus across all areas of activity.
Similarly, how we engage and work alongside children should be developed even further. Our approach should be aligned with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and OSCP will be pushing for this to be a feature of all work our organisations and partnerships undertake with children.

Click here to download – OSCP Annual Report 2019-20