Annual Reports

The Annual Report is a statutory requirement under section 14A of the Children Act 2004. The questions that the Board is continuously seeking to answer in our annual report are:

  1. Is there evidence that the right standards, policies, guidance, procedures, protocols are in place?
  2. Is there good evidence that these are being implemented and applied consistently?
  3. What impact/difference does this make in keeping Merton children and young people safe from harm and ensuring that their well-being is supported?

This report shows how the work we are doing as the MSCB.

The Board’s strengths are identified as:

  • The MSCB is a mature partnership that is open to learning and challenge
  • Senior representation and engagement from agencies
  • A relentless focus on working together to keep children safe
  • A strong performance focus including the annual QA process
  • Annual conference and comprehensive training programme
  • An improved connection between the Board and frontline practitioners which has and will continue to improve; this includes the Board’s responsiveness to and influence on multi- agency frontline practice
  • The Board has clear priorities and the work programme has been aligned to support their delivery.

Our agreed areas of focus during 2016-2017 included:

  1. Think Family
  2. Supporting Vulnerable Adolescents
  3. Early Help

With neglect as a cross-cutting theme throughout these priorities.

Annual Reports

The Annual Report was approved by the MSCB on 18th September 2018

Communication Strategy


National Publications

The London Child Protection Procedures derive from the current legislation and the latest edition of national statutory guidance: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

This guidance is for:

  • local authority chief executives directors of children’s services
  • local safeguarding children board chairs
  • teachers and education staff
  • social workers
  • health service professionals
  • adult services
  • police officers
  • voluntary and community sector workers in contact with children and families

It applies to:

  • local authorities
  • all schools

It sets out how:

  • organisations and individuals should work together
  • how practitioners should conduct the assessment of children

This replaces ‘Working together to safeguard children’ (2013).

Statutory guidance is issued by law; you must follow it unless there’s a good reason not to.

There are also versions for young people and younger children 

Keeping children safe in education: for schools and colleges 2016

This guidance is for:

  • headteachers, teachers and education staff. Every member of school or college staff must be given a copy of part 1
  • governing bodies and proprietors

and applies to all schools.

It sets out what schools and colleges must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.

This version replaces the 2014 guidance.

Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services

March 2015

Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services

Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers

This advice is for front-line practitioners and senior managers providing services to:

  • children
  • young people
  • parents
  • carers

It helps practitioners and their managers decide when and how to share personal information legally and professionally.

It might also be helpful for practitioners working with adults who are responsible for children who may be in need.

This replaces ‘Information sharing: guidance for practitioners and managers’ (2008). 

What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused Advice for practitioners 2015

What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused Advice for practitioners 2015

This advice is for anyone who comes into contact with children and families while working, including:

  • social care practitioners
  • health practitioners
  • early years practitioners
  • school staff (both teaching and non-teaching)
  • police officers

It applies to people working in the:

  • statutory sector (organisations set up, controlled and funded by the government)
  • voluntary sector (not for profit organisations)
  • independent sectors (organisations funded by the clients who use the service)

and includes:

  • early years services
  • social care services
  • health services
  • local authorities
  • education services
  • criminal justice services
  • adult social care services

It explains:

  • the signs of abuse and neglect to look out for
  • the action to take if you think a child is being abused or neglected

Contact Us

Merton SCB Administration
Civic Centre
London Road
Morden SM4 5DX,

Tel: 020 8545 4866