The Children's Improvement Board is chaired by the leader of the council and has members from the council's main political groups and partner organisations. It was established to act on behalf of the county council to oversee improvements to Children's Services. The full purpose of the board is outlined in the Improvement Board – terms of reference (PDF) and there are additional details on its focus in the Improvement Board – Chairman's key areas of focus (PDF).
Members of the Children's Improvement Board
Members of the board are listed below:David Hodge, Leader, Surrey County Council (Chairman)Clare Curran, Cabinet Member for Children, Surrey County CouncilMary Lewis, Cabinet Member for Education, Surrey County CouncilClaire Burgess, Independent Chair of the Surrey Safeguarding Children BoardJulie Fisher, Acting Chief Executive, Surrey County CouncilRose Durban, Interim Director of Children's ServicesHazel Watson, Leader of Liberal Democrats GroupNick Harrison, Leader, Residents Association and Independent GroupBen Bartlett, Secondary Schools Phase CouncilMary Ellen McCarthy, Primary Schools Phase CouncilPaul Walsh, Special Schools Phase CouncilJon Savell, Detective Chief Superintendent, Surrey PoliceAmanda Boodhoo, Deputy Director Safeguarding, Surrey Wide Clinical Commissioning GroupDiane McCormack, Acting Director Commissioning Children, Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning GroupClive Harrison, Department for Education (DfE Advisory Team, RedQuadrant)
At the last meeting in January, the board focused on the priority practice improvement work being undertaken across Children's Services and Early Help to ensure all children are seen, safe and heard. Priority areas scrutinised by the board included:Improvements to front-door decision making at the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and the application of thresholds.The findings from quality assurance reviews of children on Child Protection plans and other high-risk cases.Priority work to resolve points where children experience delays in assessment and supportThe new in-house service in place since January to conduct return home interviews (or conversations) with children who've gone missing. The board also heard feedback from members who had held practice conversations with staff and managers across the county in January. The conversations helped to identify areas of good practice to build on and areas where action is required to better support practitioners to deliver consistent good practice for children and families. This feedback is being used to inform the practice improvement work.
The board will continue to review the priority improvement work to front-line practice to ensure the actions agreed are having a real impact on improving outcomes for children. The main items for the February 2018 Improvement Board include:Review of practice improvement workEarly help practice improvement updateProgress update on all the key strategic actions in the Children's Improvement PlanUpdates on: Initial Health Assessments; Public Law Outline timeliness; and Initial Child Protection Conference timeliness
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