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Working Together to Safeguard Children

Date:19 March 2019
Time:08:30 – 16:30 
Venue:Lord’s Cricket Ground, Grace Gate, St John’s Wood Road, London NW8 8QN
Directions to Lord’s Cricket Ground

There are 650,000 children living in “high risk” environments in the UK while 800,000 young people are suffering with some form of mental health problem.  Following the publication of the December 2017 Green Paper Transforming Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health Provision, the Government is committed to investing more than ever in mental health and safeguarding.  £300 million was been announced to help schools improve the standard of mental health provision.  The January 2018 “Life in Likes” report published by the Children’s Commissioner highlights how new technology presents a challenge for safeguarding.  The Government has announced an additional £17 million of additional funding to increase information sharing across safeguarding organisations and improve children’s services.  It has also renewed its commitment to improve safeguarding for England’s charity sector by investing in projects that raise awareness of safeguarding and improve incident handling.  This conference highlights the key issues that safeguarding professionals are facing and presents strategies and solutions for delivering service improvement.

For more information, please go to the Government Events webpage.

Ashley McDougall, an NAO Director on Local Services and Delivery, will be guest speaking to outline the main findings from the NAO’s recent report on the pressures on children’s social care.  He will cover:

  • Analysing the number of referrals to children’s social care between 2010-11 and 2017-18.
  • The significant variation between different local authorities in both the activity and cost of their children’s services.
  • Responding to financial pressures: how local authorities have prioiritised child protection work and reduced spending on non-statutory services.
  • The impact of the closure of children’s centres on the need for statutory intervention.
  • Working with the sector to improve outcomes in children’s social care.