The Greenwich Safeguarding Children Partnership is committed to supporting a mutual and reflective learning culture within and across all partners.
We want to use this culture to bring about changes that will lead to an improved practice system for children and families and a reduction in child abuse and neglect. We know that because of the nature of child abuse, children may die or be seriously harmed even when practice is excellent and, in some cases, despite the excellent work being done by front line staff. We recognise that there is always room for learning and improvement and that there are situations where errors or failings within the system, or by individuals, may contribute to challenges in safeguarding children.
Much of our learning comes from cases. Historically this learning and our resources have been focused on safeguarding incidents that required formal statutory reviews. While we will continue to learn from these incidents, we will use our new freedom as a partnership to ensure that the way we capture the learning is proportionate and meaningful. This means that we may recommend a review by the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, commission a local child safeguarding practice review for publication, undertake a local multi or single agency learning review or consider whether a single or multi agency audit might provide the most useful learning.
We want to realign to focus more on capturing learning from ‘no harm’ incidents as well as good practice which is equally valuable and we will disseminate the findings a way that is most likely to bring about improvement in practice. Any practitioner, with agreement from their designated safeguarding lead, can refer things that do not meet the threshold for a serious safeguarding incident but which they believe are important for learning to the Learning from Practice Group.
Throughout all our work, we will seek to enable an evidence based process of learning that will shape and positively transform services in order to promote an effective safeguarding culture.
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