Local Safeguarding Children Partnership
Local Safeguarding Children Partnership for Hammersmith & Fulham.
In 2012, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, joined together to create the Tri-Borough Local Safeguarding Children’s Board; becoming the three borough Local Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) in 2019. The three borough LSCP arrangement ended on 31 March 2021.
On April 1 2021 Hammersmith & Fulham Council formed a new sovereign Local Safeguarding Children Partnership in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in the borough.
We will shortly be publishing our multi-agency safeguarding children partnership arrangements and further information will be available on this website soon.
- About Hammersmith & Fulham Local Safeguarding Children Partnership
Hammersmith & Fulham Local Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) is independently chaired and consists of three key agencies who collectively hold statutory responsibilities for safeguarding; the Local Authority (Family Services), Health (NHS NWL CCGs) and the Police (Central West BCU & Royal Parks).
The LSCP’s objectives are to:
Co-ordinate local work undertaken by all agencies and individuals to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people Ensure the effectiveness of that work
The LSCP is not a public body under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and therefore is not obliged to respond to FOI requests.
In March 2016 the Government accepted the recommendations of the Wood Report 2015 which summarised the findings of a national review of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs). The recommendations in the report led to a change in legislation to the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together to Safeguard Children (WTSC), removing the statutory requirement of Local Authorities to have a Local Safeguarding Children Board.
As a result, three key agencies now collectively hold new statutory responsibilities for safeguarding; namely the Local Authority (Family Services), Health (NHS NWL CCGs) and the Police (Central West BCU & Royal Parks).
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 placed a duty on the three agencies to work together and define the local Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements. It also placed a duty on other agencies to co-operate with the new arrangements.
Within Hammersmith & Fulham the Safeguarding Partnership will be known as the Hammersmith and Fulham Local Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP). The partnership is currently being developed and local priorities will be confirmed shortly.
The LSCP is an independent intermediary body chaired by Mike Howard, and will work with all agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in the borough.
- Safeguarding contacts
Cat Miller: Business Development Manager
Sarah Irvine: Administrator
Mike Howard: LSCP Chair (contact via Cat Miller)
Initial Consultation and Advice Team (ICAT)
Anyone can contact ICAT if they are worried that a child may be at risk. Our family services Front Door service, ICAT, can be contacted about cases of possible abuse or neglect by teachers, doctors, health visitors and members of the public. Parents needing support or other family members concerned about a child’s welfare can also contact the service as well as children themselves.
ICAT can also help with any queries you may have about support for children in the borough.
Regardless of who contacts ICAT, we will take the information seriously.
If you have a concern about a child or young person you can contact ICAT on:
020 8753 6600
Fax: 020 8753 4209
Out of hours service: 020 8748 8588
If you have an immediate concern for the wellbeing of a child or young person, call the police on 999.
- LSCP protocols and procedures
All agencies must have due regard to Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018: A statutory guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (pdf)
The main safeguarding policies and procedures are contained in the London Child Protection Procedures. The London Child Protection Procedures are regularly updated, and you can register to receive the updates.
During the Covid-19 outbreak, updates from key partners will be published here.
Whilst Covid-19 remains a pandemic, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults remains a key priority for all our agencies and partners.
Some of our usual LSCP meetings and subgroups have paused but representatives from the three Safeguarding Partners (Local Authorities, Police, CCGs), are meeting regularly to receive key safeguarding children updates and agree actions as required.
Please continue to refer concerns about children to ICAT on 0208 753 6600
- Training and resources
Hammersmith and Fulham LSCP have a long established relationship with our bi-borough colleagues in Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.
We have an agreement to share our learning and development resources with them and this is not going to change currently. This means that our partners in different organisations in Hammersmith & Fulham can still access all the training opportunities available here: LSCP safeguarding children training
If you are looking after someone else’s child aged under 16 (under 18, if disabled) full-time for 28 days or more, and you are not the step-parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother or sister of that child, then you may be a ‘private foster carer’. The law says you must tell your local council if you care for a child under a private fostering arrangement. It is not private fostering if the arrangement was made by social services.
For more information and for examples of private fostering situations see private fostering
Speak CAMHS Helpline: 0800 328 4444
Information on a new service for children and young people under 18 and who live in Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing or Hounslow and are in need help and support. The aim is to offer telephone support via a helpline number, which includes basic counselling and problem-solving to young people and their families. The helpline is run by healthcare professionals wo are familiar with local services and have a range of specialist knowledge, to help support and advise young people and their families.
- Case reviews
Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews
The purpose of a Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review is to:
- Establish whether there are lessons to be learned from the case about the way in which local professionals and agencies work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
- Identify clearly what those lessons are, how they will be acted on, and what is expected to change as a result.
- As a consequence, improve inter-agency working and better safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
We will publish Serious Case Reviews that have been completed by the previous LSCP for Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster and for the new LSCP for Hammersmith & Fulham.
On Monday 19 July 2021 the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) published the ‘Adam’ Serious Case Review
The 'Adam' Serious Case Review was originally commissioned by the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership for Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City councils. In April 2021, this partnership was disbanded and replaced by two LSCPs: LSCP for Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster; and LSCP for Hammersmith & Fulham.
- 'Adam' Serious Case Review LSCP Statement (123KB pdf)
- ‘Adam’ Executive Summary (263KB pdf)
- ‘Adam’ Serious Case Review (728KB pdf)
On Tuesday 27 April 2021 the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) published the ‘David’ Serious Case Review
The 'David' Serious Case Review was originally commissioned by the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership for Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City councils. In April 2021, this partnership was disbanded and replaced by two LSCPs: LSCP for Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster; and LSCP for Hammersmith & Fulham.