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Performance and Quality Assurance

Multi-Agency Dataset

Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) uses information from Children’s Services, Hampshire Constabulary, Health Commissioners and Providers, Public Health, District / Borough Councils and Criminal Justice Agencies to assess the effectiveness of child protection and safeguarding arrangements in Hampshire.

The multi-agency dataset is aligned to our annual business plan and addresses the following themes:

  • Children and families are able to access Early Help and it is effective.
  • Thresholds are clear and appropriate; planning and decision making is effective.
  • Children in need of protection are identified, safeguarded and supported.
  • The Local Authority fulfils its corporate parenting role and looked after children and care leavers have good outcomes.
  • Groups of children with particular needs are identified, safeguarded and supported.
  • Children in specific circumstances are identified, safeguarded and supported.
  • Children attend education and are kept safe.
  • Children affected by and / or at risk of neglect are identified, safeguarded and supported.
  • We are recognising the needs of children when considering the impact of domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental ill health in adults.
  • Missing, Exploited and Trafficked Children are identified, safeguarded and supported.

This information is reported on a quarterly basis to the HSCB Performance and Quality Assurance Subgroup. Our priority is to ensure that the dataset supports the wider partnership in identifying and addressing emerging trends and to ensure improved outcomes for children.

Quality Assurance

HSCB undertakes regular auditing of multi-agency child protection in Hampshire. This work is commissioned by the Performance and Quality Assurance Subgroup and learning is disseminated to front-line practitioners via partner agencies. In undertaking audits and reviews, HSCB is committed to the following principles:

  • We will avoid excessive or unnecessary checks. Targeted quality assurance is more effective.
  • We will prioritise quality assurance activities that provide opportunities to discuss practice and encourage professional challenge.
  • We will be clear about the standard of practice that’s required and will provide examples of good practice wherever possible.
  • We will involve practitioners in audits and reviews.
  • We will identify and share good practice.