How much does a hot drink scald cost?

17 June 2010
The NHS spends an estimated £131 million per year on emergency hospital admissions because of childhood accidents. Just a small amount of money invested in injury prevention can save many times that amount further down the line. To help you make the case for child accident prevention in your area, we’ve put together some examples of accidental injuries, and given an indication of the cost of...

All change at Westminster

27 May 2010
It’s all change at Westminster, with Sarah Teather MP now Minister of State for Children and Families, Tim Loughton MP the new minister responsible for safeguarding children, Anne Milton MP the new minister responsible for public health and children’s health, Bob Neill MP the new fire safety minister and Mike Penning MP the new road safety minister. We welcome them all to their new roles.

North Tyneside releases a strategy to prevent childhood accidents

4 May 2010
30th March saw the launch of a new Children and Young People’s Accident Prevention Strategy. North Tyneside now has strategic targets which will help them to reduce childhood accidents. The strategy, compiled by the North Tyneside Safeguarding Children Board, assesses the current child accident prevention schemes and gives a number of recommendations for future work. Key strategic priorities The...

Local Innovation Awards - could your partnership be next year's winner?

8 April 2010
Successful partnership working is celebrated as the winners of the Local Innovation Awards are announced. The Local Innovation Awards aim to showcase and reward the good work done by local partnerships across a number of different themes. One of the ‘challenge’ themes deals with partnership working, and aims to reward local councils who demonstrate how they have used strong partnerships to...

New building regulations will help prevent bathwater scalds

8 April 2010
Good news for babies and young children - updates to the Building Regulations now mean that all new build houses will have to have Thermostatic Mixing Valves on bath taps. On Tuesday 6 April 2010 it became compulsory to ensure that in all new homes built in England, or in buildings such as conversions where there is a substantial change of use, the hot water from the bath tap must not exceed a...

How do partnerships achieve change for the better?

30 March 2010
90% of Local Strategic Partnerships are progressing in delivering service improvements, according to a survey. A survey of all English Local area Agreements (LAAs) has found positive evidence of the levers and drivers for change.

Multi-agency working now a 'core skill'

30 March 2010
Multi-agency and integrated working are now among the key areas of expertise which make up the refreshed Common Core of Skills and Knowledge. The skills, required by everyone who works with children and young people, including volunteers, were added on the 24th march by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC).

Do parents need more integrated early years support?

30 March 2010
Maternity and the Early Years - making a good start to family life lays out a vision of more integrated maternity and early years services. Drawn up by the Department of Health, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, and the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, this vision puts emphasis on giving parents choices about what help they get.

How could LSCBs work more effectively?

30 March 2010
New guidance on Local Safeguarding Children Boards effectiveness and accountability could provide a key to unlocking new partnerships. The National Safeguarding Delivery Unit (NSDU) has published a first draft of practice guidance for LSCBs. The document is open for consultation until 9th June 2010. The NSDUs current suggestions for a successful LSCB include:

Government's response to Lord Laming - joint working is key

30 March 2010
The Government's Response to Lord Laming: One Year On has praised Local Safeguarding Children Boards for "leading programmes of outstanding partnership work on safeguarding."