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The Joint Merton Safeguarding Children Board Children’s Social Care  & Merton Safeguarding Adult Board

Annual Conference 2018

The Merton Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB), Merton Safeguarding Adult Board and Merton Children’s Social Care Joint Conference was held on 21st March at Epsom Jockey Club Conference Centre.  The Conference theme was Think Family: No Wrong Door A spotlight on parental mental health.  The Conference was attended by almost 200 professionals across a wider variety of discipline across adult and children’s services and included a strong representation from the private and voluntary sector.  This year we were honoured to have in attendance a group of parents who were services user; they contribution to the conference was invaluable.

The Conference featured presentations from Hannah Doody (Director of Community & Housing) and Paul Angeli (Assistant Director Children, Schools & Families).  Our very own Carla Thomas gave a powerful presentation entitled, The children are watching – the possible impact of parental difficulties on children and young people.  This was one of the most highly rated presentations of the Conference.

The Think Family Coordinator presented the Mental Health Protocol which was approved by the MSCB and MSAB in January 2018.  In her presentation, Chris McCree highlighted The Family Experience and featured, The Voices of Parents and Young People - Video presented by Jamie Cottington and a personal perspective on what helps when caring for a parent with a mental illness by Kirsty Tahta-Wraith.

Our Keynote Speaker was Dr Crispin Day who gave a presentation entitled, Transformational Parenting: Hope, Trust and Change Open the Doors.

The Conference is a very successful event which highlighted the work we are all doing to work together to safeguard our vulnerable children and their families.

The Joint Merton Safeguarding Children Board/Children’s Social Care/Children Schools and Families Annual Conference 2017

The MSCB and CSF Joint Conference, Behind Closed Doors: Working the Complexities of Domestic Abuse included over 140 attendees from a range of multi-agency backgrounds, including health, that is, the Clinical Commissioning Group, Central London Community Health Care, Public Health, education, youth inclusion, children’s social care, safeguarding adults, mental health, probation, the metropolitan Police Service, and voluntary organisations.

The event featured a Keynote Address from Jo Keogh MBE.  Jo has been committed to supporting the victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse for over 15 years.  She was awarded an MBE in 2013 and the Commissioners Commendation for the Domestic Abuse Achievement awards in 2014.  Jo’s address focused on coercive control and the need for services to be sensitive to the experiences of victims who should be recognised as survivors.  Jo’s presentation came alive with the contribution of Victoria, who is a survivor of domestic abuse.  Victoria bravely shared her story with the conference and explained the need to balance compassion with a robust approach to working with both victims and perpetrators.  She highlighted the need to build trust, and for practitioners to understand the level of control exerted by perpetrators and the level of fear and trauma experienced by survivors and to be professionally curious and ask the difficult questions.

The conference also featured six workshops by professionals and services which work with families in the Merton area.

  • Working with Multi - Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) High Risk Victims and Response,  
  • Children’s Social Care Impact of DV on Family Life
  • Working with Perpetrators, Building Better Relationships
  • Housing for Women - Life in the Refuge -
  • Domestic Violence and Mental Health -Supporting Victims on their journey  
  • Domestic Violence and Health Outcomes - Impact of DV on Health

The Conference was concluded with a Dramatic presentation by AlterEgo Creative Solutions.  The drama, entitled Behind Closed Doors, helped practitioners to understand

  • The complexities of Domestic Abuse, Coercive Control & Stalking
  • The Warning Signs/Risk Factors
  • Why victims may not tell anyone, may not wish to prosecute, may retract statements, may justify what is happening to them, may not even see themselves as victims in the first place and may fight against any intervention
  • The importance of effective Risk Assessment
  • How to sign-post to relevant services

Some of the comments from the conference state that:

  • Merton is doing some excellent work in tackling DV issues and in recognising people’s lived experienced and improving services’ responses through training and development.”
  • Thanks for an excellent day
  • Excellent Conference - …powerful account by Victoria…”
  • Powerful… Emotional

We have included some of the presentations for practitioners and partners

Domestic Viloence and the Impact on Children

The Impact of Health and Domestic Abuse

MARAC Workshop

MSCB Domestic Violence Profile

2014/15 Annual Conference

2013/14 Annual Conference

Contact us

MSCB Training Section
Civic Centre
London Road
Morden SM4 5DX,

Tel:020 8545 4866
Email: mertonlscb@merton.gov.uk

This page was last updated on Friday 3 March 2017

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