Quality assurance and safeguarding
The service is responsible for ensuring that children receive a safe and good quality service for those subject to child protection plans and children in care. We also have a responsibility for the quality and audit of social work practice as a critical friend to assist with improvements in practice and service delivery. Additionally, the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) team oversee and co-ordinate the management of allegations made against professionals who work with children.
Independent Reviewing Officer and Child Protection Chairs are a team of 12 and a manager. The manager is responsible for chairing child protection conferences and looked after child reviews to ensure that children and families / carers are receiving a good quality service that appropriately meets their needs.
LADO is a small team consisting of two LADOs and a Senior LADO. They're responsible for all allegation management, offering advice and guidance to all Medway organisations that provide a service to children.
The Quality Assurance Team is a small team of two auditors and a manager providing the monitoring of practice and performance of children’s services via audit and identifying areas of good practice and areas of development and learning.