Keeping vulnerable people safe is a critically important role and one that requires the council and partners to work together effectively. There has been significant public attention in recent years due to high profile examples where the system has failed vulnerable people with tragic consequences.
CfPS supports scrutiny to safeguard both children and adults. In response to demand, we have created a tailored programme specially for local children’s systems. The Jay and Casey reviews of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham both highlighted the essential role scrutiny plays in helping keep children safe. In reporting poor inspection outcomes, Ofsted often cites poor scrutiny amongst other system failings.
We help councillors and officers to develop essential skills and questioning techniques to ensure that safeguarding in their area is as robust as possible. We offer dedicated consultancy, bespoke training and national training events helping councillors and officers understand their responsibilities, the benefits of excellent scrutiny and develop proven ways to overcome potential barriers to effective challenge.
We work with councillors to support them in understanding and delivering their role as corporate parent and ensure they have the skills necessary to provide effective challenge and support required to improve outcomes for looked after children.