Welcome - Annie Hudson
As incoming Chair of the independent Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, I wanted to introduce this newsletter to reflect on my first few months in post. Since taking up the position in December 2020, I have been impressed by the breadth of work undertaken by the Panel and by the quality of its insights. I hope that you and your colleagues have also found this useful to you in the vital and very demanding work that you are doing.
As we move into the new financial year, I want to build on this work to ensure that the learning from Rapid Reviews and Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews is shared across the safeguarding ‘system’ in a timely manner and has evidenced impact on practice. The past year of living in a pandemic has demonstrated the vital importance of agencies being agile and flexible in how they support vulnerable children. This involves using all the resources and intelligence we have to assess and respond to changing risk, making the best decisions that we can in the interests of children.
The Panel is looking enhancing and extending how we engage with safeguarding partners and other stakeholders; we hope that regular quarterly briefings will help foster two way dialogue. We welcome your ideas about how to enhance how we all learn from what is happening in practice across the country.
In this edition of the newsletter, we have provided updates on our ongoing work as well as looking forward to our priorities for FY21/22. I hope you find this useful for your local safeguarding practice.