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‘Working together to keep children safe in Tower Hamlets’

Welcome to the Tower Hamlets Local Safeguarding Children Board (THSCB) website. The LSCB is a statutory body responsible for agreeing locally how all organisations working with children and young people co-operate to promote the welfare of children and young people and keep them safe from harm.

THSCB believes that keeping children and young people safe, optimising their life chances and helping them to enter adulthood successfully is everybody’s business.

This website brings together information for professionals working with children, young people and their families, whether in employed or voluntary capacity. It also gives an overview of the responsibility, structure and work of the Board as well as access to Guidance, Research, Training, Procedures, Board Reports and Minutes.

Comments and suggestions on how to improve the range of information made available through this site is welcomed and encouraged.

News and Announcements

Updated LSCB Managing Allegation of Abuse Against Staff Procedures (April 2018) *NEW*

The ‘Managing Allegation of Abuse against staff in Children’s, Schools and Family Settings’ has been updated following procedural changes. A copy can be found on the ‘policy, procedure and protocols’ page.

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Thresholds Guidance Launched 4th Feb 2018    

The local ‘Threshold’ Guidance previously known as the ‘Family Wellbeing Model’ was reviewed in response to the Ofsted Inspection recommendation that “steps are taken to ensure that thresholds are consistently applied and that children requiring statutory intervention receive it”.

Following extensive consultation and a series of learning seminars, a new Multi-Agency Safeguarding Thresholds Guidance has been developed. This guide has been produced to encourage professionals to identify, assess, understand and meet needs as soon as they occur; responding to needs at the lowest level. The overriding aim is for fewer cases at the highest levels of need, as help is successfully provided at levels 1 (universal) and 2 (targeted).

The guide replaces the Family Wellbeing Model. It is underpinned by the pan-Lond Continuum of Need outlined by the London Safeguarding Children Board.

The purpose of the guidance is:

  • To support and promote effective, early and consistent identification of needs.
  • To assist professionals in deciding how best to help safeguard / protect children, young people and families.
  • To ensure a timely and proportionate response to the needs of children, young people and families.

The Tower Hamlets Multi-Agency Safeguarding Thresholds Guidance  can be found on Guidance & Publications Page.

Threshold Training will continue to be delivered through the LSCB Training Offer. See Training Page for more detail.

VAWG Training Courses for 2018 (Dec 2017) *NEW*

The VAWG (Violence Against Women and Girls) Training Programme is open to any practitioners from the statutory, voluntary sectors including faith and community groups within Tower Hamlets. These FREE training sessions are intended to enable professionals to identify and respond effectively and appropriately to issues relating to VAWG.

VAWG Training Brochure 2018 and Application Form can be found on the Training Page.

Threshold Guidance Training (Nov – Dec 2017)

The local ‘Threshold’ Guidance has been reviewed following Ofsted Inspection recommendation that ‘ steps are taken to ensure that thresholds are consistently applied and that children requiring statutory intervention receive it’

The revised Threshold Guidance reflects the ‘Pan-London Continuum of Help and Support’. Ahead of the it going live, a series of learning seminars were held over the November 2017 Safeguarding Month, with additional dates in December and January to:

  • Raise awareness of the new Threshold Guidance
  • Explore the difference between the old and the new
  • Provide an opportunity to explore practice implications through live case studies – Early Help & Statutory
  • Sign-post to supporting information: services, training and policies/guidance

A PowerPoint resource is now available to all professionals across multiagency partners agencies to use for onward learning dissemination with their staff and teams.

Download Threshold Guidance Training PowerPoint


Safeguarding Month: November 2017 

It is important to recognise when a child or vulnerable adult needs help/protection and how you can help to access support early.

In Tower Hamlets child and adult abuse is everyone’s business. If you are concerned about an adult, child or young person do not keep it to yourself – seek advice and speak to any professional e.g. a teacher, health professional, GP, youth worker or a social worker.

‘A child, young person or vulnerable adult you know or meet today could be a victim of abuse – if you see something, say something’

The joint children and vulnerable adult’s Safeguarding Month is being held again in November 2017 for the fourth consecutive year. The aim is to:

  • Showcase the range and depth of safeguarding activity that exist in Tower Hamlets
  • Raise awareness of safeguarding issues and highlight what support is available and how it can be accessed
  • Disseminate learning to increase professional knowledge
  • Prepare the workforce for the implementation of the new Threshold Guidance

There are a whole host of activities held throughout the month including drop-in, road-shows and workshops for parent/carers, young people, service users and professionals. To see what is on, please click the Calendar of Events

To attend the Threshold Guidance seminar, please read the Information Flyer for further instruction. It is important that all professionals working with children and families are prepared ahead of it being launched in December 2017.

Tower Hamlets LSCB Annual Report 2016-17 (Oct 2017) 

The LSCB is required to publish an Annual Report setting out the work of the Safeguarding Children Board and its Partners. This year, the report highlights the board’s governance arrangements, key safeguarding information and response to the Ofsted Review of the LSCB, which took place in Feb-March 2017.

The LSCB has also produced an Infographic Leaflet summarising the key messages, safeguarding data and priorities for display in common or public areas e.g. staff room, reception areas, GP surgeries etc. For printed copies, contact or Tel: 020 7364 4955

Tower Hamlets Families Matter Newsletter

To read the latest Families Matter Newsletter (Spring 2018 Edition) and find out more about what’s on offer click here. For previous editions, please scroll down below.

Confidential Drop-in Surgery for CSC Staff

Following the Ofsted Inspection of children’s social care, the Local Authority’s improvement plans will be implemented over the coming months. A drop-in surgery will be available to all CSC staff who may have any concerns about this improvement work and its effectiveness, along with any partnership areas hindering their work. Steve Ashley, LSCB Chair, will be available to listen to staff and offer a confidential space to them. Future dates will be circulated as and when they are scheduled. If you can’t wait – he can be contacted directly at

Ofsted Inspection Report (April 2017)

Ofsted published their judgement and findings on 7th April 2017 following an inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers along with a review of the effectiveness of the LSCB in Tower Hamlets. To read the full report click here

Appointment of (new) Independent LSCB Chair (Nov 2016)

Stephen Ashley has been confirmed as the incoming LSCB Chair taking over from Sarah Baker. Will Tuckley (LBTH Chief Executive) said “Steve joins us with a terrific pedigree as an LSCB Chair at a time when we face significant changes as a Safeguarding Board in the light of central government policy shifts. He brings us energy, commitment and ambition to build on our successes whilst reforming our approach to the new world. Steve has worked at a senior level in the police service for 30 years, in both Lancashire and Merseyside, where he was a senior investigating officer and was latterly responsible for operational policing in Liverpool. Steve completed his police service as an Assistant Chief Constable in Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary; he was responsible for all programme work related to the protection of vulnerable persons and child safeguarding and a number of high profile reviews in to policing; including – “Mistakes Were Made”, a report detailing the police failings into the investigation of Jimmy Savile. He is currently the Chair of Hillingdon Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults Partnership Boards. Steve spent two years as Chair of Rotherham Safeguarding Children Board; providing strong leadership through a period when safeguarding services were re-built“.  Steve takes up his post this month (Nov) for a period of three years.

Updated Guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education (Sept 2016)

The DfE has issued an updated ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges.  This comes in to force from 5th September 2016 onwards, replacing the version issued in July 2015. The main changes can be found in Part One on Safeguarding Information for all staff and what school and college staff should know. The updated guidance lays greater stress on  schools, colleges and their staff being part of the wider safeguarding system for children as described in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (HM Govt, March 2015) and the need to fulfil responsibilities in relation to this. For an overview of the current changes and emphasis in the new guidance click here.

National Review of LSCB Role and Functions (May 2016)

In December 2015, the Secretary of State, Nicky Morgan requested Alan Wood (CBE) to lead a national review of the role and functions of LSCBs in England. This included the arrangements for Serious Case Reviews and Child Death Review Panels.  The DfE published the Wood Review on 26 May 2016 along with the Government Response which sets out how new multi-agency arrangements to safeguard children will be implemented. To read these reports – click below: (Update – the Children and Social Work Act received Royal Assent on 27th April 2017. Along with a number of changes, the Act abolished LSCBs and introduced the requirement for a new partnership arrangement for Safeguarding Children. As a result, Working Together Statutory Guidance will be revised to reflect the changes in statute and due to take effect from April 2018).

Review of Local Safeguarding Children Board  (Alan Wood Report)

Government Response to Alan Wood Review and Recommendations

Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Briefing Paper

‘Thomas’ Serious Case Review (May 2016)

The LSCB conducted a serious case review of ‘Thomas’ a looked after child who assaulted a young child.  Thomas experienced a life of extreme emotional abuse,  physical abuse and neglect.  The case serves as a reminder of the importance of a child’s early years for their later development and the need to recognise abuse and ensure there are effective plans for intervention.  The report and LSCB response to the findings and recommendation for Tower Hamlet agencies and other LSCBs involved was published on 18 May 2016. To read the report click here.

For details of the LSCB Chair’s statement go to the ‘Serious Case Review’ page

NSPCC National Whistleblowing Helpline (Jan 2016)

Helpline: 0800 028 0285

The NSPCC have launched a new National Whistleblowing Helpline on behalf of the Government in January 2016. The Whistleblowing Helpline is a free-phone service for employees, and organisations working within the NHS and social care sector (public services). Whether you are an employee, worker, employer or professional body/organisation, you can call the free whistleblowing helpline, send an email or complete the online form safe in the knowledge everything you tell them is strictly confidential and anonymous. The Helpline offers legally compliant, unbiased support and guidance to ensure you can act in accordance with your values. This ensures you fully understand your options and legal rights specific to your employment situation.

‘Troubled Lives, Tragic Consequences’ Report (Dec 2015)

This is a thematic review exploring the lives of a group of older children who have seriously harmed others or were harmed themselves. The review aims to understand the impact of complex childhood adversities on future outcomes.  The findings have implications for early help, assessment process and threshold to services. To read the executive summary report click here.

Families Matter Newsletter

Spring 2018 Edition –  Changes to Access to Support Services *LATEST

Autumn 2017 Edition – Internet and Child Mental Health

Summer 2017 Edition – Parent Conference, Keeping our Children Safe and Well

Spring 2017 Edition – Early Help, Local Offer, Parent/Carers Survey

Autumn 2016 Edition – Local Offer, Housing Strategy, Consultations and More

Summer 2016 Edition – 10th Annual Parents Conference

Spring 2016 Edition – Parents Celebrate Achievements

Autumn 2015 Edition – Early Help, Making a Difference.

Summer 2015 Edition – Raising Achievement, Raising Aspirations.

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 (March 2015)

The Government published the revised Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 Guidance on 26th March 2015 which replaces the previous version (WT2013). The changes made relate to the sections on referral of allegations against those who work with children, notifiable incidents involving a child and clarification on the term ‘seriously harmed’ in relation to serious case reviews. An informative Guide for Young People and a version for Younger Children is also available to download.  (N.B. A revised Working Together Statutory Guidance is due to be published in April 2018)

PREVENT: Radicalisation and Extremism (March 2015)

An Information leaflet for Parents and Carers is now available giving advice on how to keep children and young people safe against radicalisation and extremism. There are limited hard copies of the leaflet which can be obtained from

In addition, Tower Hamlets Council has produced Guidance on Amending Safeguarding Policies to include PREVENT issues, protecting pupils from radicalisation and extremism. Although the guidance is aimed at schools, it is equally applicable for other settings where safeguarding policies may need to be updated.  A PREVENT Referral Pathway and Intervention Triangle accompanies this guidance.

Jimmy Savile related investigation (Feb 2015)

In March 2014 the then Secretary of State (Michael Gove MP) submitted a written Ministerial Statement to Parliament which advised that the Department for Education had received information about Jimmy Savile relating to several children’s homes and schools dating back to the 1060s, 1970s and 1980s. This included an allegation concerning a former resident of a Tower Hamlets Children’s Home, St Leonards in Essex.

Tower Hamlets Council undertook an investigation of the allegation and have now published a report containing the findings and recommendations. To read the report click here.

Independent Review of Child Sexual Exploitation (January 2015) Tower Hamlets LSCB undertook a Review of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in the Borough led by David Byford (independent consultant). The review aimed to understand how well CSE is understood and responded to across the LSCB partnership i.e. the Local Authority, Police, Voluntary Sector, Health agencies.

Serious Case Review Published (November 2014)

Tower Hamlets Safeguarding Children Board have completed the Serious Case Reivew of ‘Jamilla’, a 5-month old baby who died in October 2013 as a result of acute neglect and malnutrition.  The report containing the findings and recommendations of the review was published on 21st November 2014. To read the full report click here.

The London Child Protection Procedures (Part A) has been revised and adopted by Tower Hamlets Safeguarding Children Board and it’s partners. Part B section contains safeguarding Practice Guidance. Further information and access to the procedures can be found in the ‘Policy, Procedure & Protocol’ Section of the LSCB website.

The NSPCC ran ‘The Underwear Rules’ Public Campaign which aimed to encourage parents and carers of 5-11 year olds to talk to their children about keeping safe from sexual abuse. Materials and information for parents can be found on the NSPCC website:

The Tower Hamlets LSCB  provides multi-agency training for everyone who works with children, young people and families in Tower Hamlets. To view the current LSCB Training Offer and Application Form – see the training section on this page.

The Professionals Online Safety Helpline (POSH) has been set up as a free national resource specifically to support professionals and volunteers who work with children and young people, experiencing issues relating to digital technology and e-safety. The Helpline aims to resolve issues professionals face about themselves, such as protecting professional identity and online harassment by pupils/young people or their parents, as well as the problems young people may be facing, such as cyber-bullying or sexting. For further information please click

Tower Hamlets LSCB

Policy, Programmes & Community Insight Service
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
London E14 2BG
Tel:  020 7364 2063 /4955

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