Deep dives have a specific focus on a particular area of multi-agency practice and procedure, such as responses to child exploitation, mental health, domestic abuse, missing from home and care. They are detailed in nature and consider a number of different aspects of multi-agency practice and procedure.
The PSCP seeks to assure itself that partnership work to safeguard children is good quality; keeps children happy, healthy, achieving and safe; improves outcomes and makes a difference; and is carried out by well-informed skilled practitioners who are properly supported by line managers, organisations and the wider partnership arrangements.
A deep dive is one approach the PSCP uses to carry out this assurance and is underpinned by our Learning and Improvement Framework. The deep dives ensure that the Partnership has a view across a child’s journey, but with a focus on the effectiveness of safeguarding (i.e. early help, children in need, child protection and looked after children).
The PSCP aims to complete 2 to 3 deep dives each year, their focus is determined from a range of sources including:
Once the Executive Committee has agreed the theme, the Monitoring, Evaluation & Scrutiny Committee (MESC) is then responsible for developing the terms of reference overseeing the components of the deep dive and for drafting a report summarising the learning from it.
A deep dive then consists of the following components:
Each deep dive will take approximately 3 to 4 months to complete. Once the learning has been agreed by the Executive Committee it will be shared with the wider Partnership and published on this website.
If, during the course of the deep dive, there are concerns about the immediate risk to a child or adult, or unsafe practice is raised, information is escalated to the respective appropriate agency lead for action.
Following completion of the deep dive process, the Monitoring, Evaluation & Scrutiny Committee (MESC) will produce an anonymised summary report highlighting areas which are working well, areas for development, identified themes and recommendations. The report will be shared with the Partnership for consideration and sign off.
Once agreed, an action plan will be developed and the monitoring of organisations progress against the recommendations will be overseen by MESC.
The PSCP Team will then produce a deep dive learning summary which is placed on the PSCP website to be disseminated across the workforce. The PSCP training team will also review the learning from the deep dive and ensure that any relevant messages are incorporate into the appropriate safeguarding course.