Safeguarding is everybody’s business, because it affects vulnerable children and families everywhere. Because of this, there is a continuous drive by several central Government departments, including the Home Office (HO) and the Department for Education (DfE), to improve the way children and vulnerable families are protected.

Information sharing is often highlighted within Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) as an area of concern for multi-agency partnerships. By reflecting on current information sharing practice and learning from past lessons, partners can help to prevent a family reaching the point of crisis, improving outcomes for vulnerable people.

We have been supporting the DfE to look in more detail at how information sharing can be used more effectively to protect vulnerable children and families. You can download the full report here –  Information sharing to protect vulnerable children and families - full report .

As part of this programme we ran five regional roadshows in England during Spring 2016, below is a video of Engagement Manager, Emma Hart, who co-ran the roadshows giving her view on the events.

At the roadshows we used a case study developed from our review of SCRs to help delegates explore cultural and organisational barriers to sharing information and share good practice that could enable partnerships to overcome these barriers.  Below are the summary reports from the five roadshows:

Please note that the summary reports above are a reflection of the views expressed by the professionals that attended the roadshows.

For an in-depth exploration of the themes and recommendations for improved information sharing within the early help environment, download a copy of our full report which pulls together the findings from across all five roadshows. This full report also included our recommendations and is available from the central government website.

With the final report published in July 2016, Engagement Manager Jovian Smalley tells us about the next steps:

2017 update:

Following the roadshows in 2016,  in January 2017 the Centre facilitated a roundtable event of senior representatives from central government departments including DfE, Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Work and Pensions, the Home Office and Department of Health as well as representatives from local places. The recommendations given in the final report were discussed at this event and the outcomes are detailed in the following report: Protecting vulnerable children and families roundtable event report Feb 2017