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The details of safeguarding and joint work, such as strategy meetings, are often not recorded on systems and, for those that are, they often lack detail of the protective plans made; the outcomes have not been recorded and the planned actions for each agency are unclear. The voice of children is rarely noted in sufficient detail to understand their (appropriate) views. This weakness creates a gap in available information and, as a result, there can be a lack of evident activity in ensuring the appropriate measures are in place to protect children from harm. Consequently, the constabulary cannot always assure itself that vulnerable children are being safeguarded appropriately.

Recommendation 

Within three months, Lancashire constabulary should take steps to ensure that all information relevant to the use of powers under section 46 of the children’s act 1989, is properly recorded and is readily accessible in all cases where there are concerns about the welfare of children. Guidance to staff should include:

-what information should be recorded on systems to enable good quality decisions;
-the importance of ensuring that records are made promptly and kept up to date and visible to all to assist in future safeguarding and risk management decisions

[on]8th March 2018 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]17th May 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]17th May 2018 [comment]

The Constabulary has an action plan in place to address all the recommendations from the NCPI. This plan has been reviewed by HMICFRS NCPI team. There is a local governance framework in place and the HMICFRS Board meeting, which is chaired by the DCC/ACC, holds senior leaders and plan owners to account for progress against the plans. Recommendation being progressed.

[/comment][/on][on]14th December 2018 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on]