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Children Services Network roundtable September 2009


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Agenda for the September meeting of the Childrens Services Network looking at Safeguarding 2.0

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Children Services Network roundtable September 2009

  1. 1. csn children’s services network 22 Upper Woburn Place London WC1H 0TB 020 7554 2800 USING WEB 2.0 TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE SAFEGUARDING INVITATION TO A ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION Web 2.0 technology is widely used by most young needs to be done to inject energy and drive into people to keep in touch through social safeguarding and child protection”. He drew networking (eg. Facebook, Bebo, MySpace etc), attention to the support amongst professionals file sharing and downloading (eg photos, videos across all the services for the approach of Every and music) and, increasingly, to support learning Child Matters, and referred positively to the both in and out of school (as recently reported by Working together guidance, but warned that Becta1). “whilst the improvements in services for children and families in general are welcome, it is clear The LGiU’s Children’s Services Network (CSN) is that the need to protect children and young collaborating with FutureGov 2 to explore the people from significant harm and neglect is ever potential for using Web 2.0 technology to improve more challenging”. safeguarding services for children and young people, and you are invited to involve your The past few years have seen a massive growth authority from the beginning of this exciting in the use of web technology, and development. Web 2.0 has brought with it unprecedented levels of openness, transparency and sharing of Background information enabling free and easy interaction between individuals and organisations. At the heart of effective safeguarding is intelligence gathering and information Given these developments, it seems an management, bringing together the collective appropriate time to explore the links between knowledge of a wide range of professionals from web based social networking and safeguarding. across a number of disciplines and New and effective ways of collecting and organisations. managing information on vulnerable children and their families are possible taking data sharing to The Every Child Matters change for children the next level. programme has brought many improvements to safeguarding, and the data sharing that supports The project will be launched at a roundtable safeguarding. However, as Lord Laming event at the LGiU/CSN offices 22 Upper Woburn remarked when he concluded his recent Place London WC1H 0TB on Thursday progress report to the Secretary of State, September 10th 2009 bringing together leading “keeping children safe and promoting their thinkers in the fields of safeguarding and web wellbeing is a responsibility for us all, but more technologies to explore the topic in some detail. See overleaf for more information 1 KS3 and KS4 learners’ use of Web 2.0 technologies in and out of school, Becta, July 2008 2
  2. 2. Aims of the roundtable discussion practical policy advice, training, consultancy, public affairs services and other resources to our By the end of the session, we expect that the members and other organisations. group will have: I identified the main issues in terms of CSN has acquired a first rate reputation for existing information management and delivering services of the highest quality to the the problems that can arise children’s workforce in more than 90 per cent of English top tier councils. These include I developed a shared understanding of comprehensive policy briefings, conferences, the opportunities Web 2.0 technologies seminars, written guidance and a range of could provide informative and accessible publications. We are working with our partners to design and I identified where there may be the deliver new research and policy projects, greatest potential to pilot a new building on the network’s expertise, with the approach to safeguarding along the aim of influencing policy development. These lines of collective intelligence. currently focus on: social networking sites; safeguarding and youth participation; raising If you would like to discuss how your local attainment – opportunities for local government; authority can take part in the project and for an children and young people’s wellbeing; invite to this timely roundtable, contact accountability and governance in schools; data or call 0207 554 2853. and PIRGE 3; and 21st century schools. About the organisations FutureGov is a government focused strategic involved communications, engagement and organisational change consultancy specialising in the use of The LGiU (Local Government Information Unit) social media and online tools. Its expertise lies in is CSN’s parent body, an award-winning driving change in the areas of organizational independent think-tank and a resource for local collaboration, community engagement and government. Our teams of policy analysts are customer service. experts in local government. They provide 3 Performance Information Reference Group in Education and Children’s Services CSN AT HARROGATE: CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AS COMMISSIONERS? Child and youth participation is a vital element in the work of the ADCS. CSN is currently working with local authorities on an important new way in which we can get the views of children and young people reflected in our joint commissioning, children and young people’s plans and other business of the children and young people’s strategic partnerships. At the National Children and Adult Services conference taking place 21-23 October 2009 at the Harrogate International Centre, CSN will lead a policy session on the potential of social network sites to engage children and young people who might normally find our services ‘hard to reach’. The session will focus on the innovative engagement of children and young people in the commissioning of services designed for them. For further information contact or