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Changes to the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership  

Why are we changing things?

Revisions to the Statutory Guidance, Working Together enabled us to change our LSCB.  In addition the most recent Ofsted inspection of the Local Authority meant that we could not continue to run our LSCB in the same way. The changes agreed for Buckinghamshire will mean that we can focus on: –

Shared priorities with other strategic partnerships, such as reducing the impact of domestic abuse, exploitation and neglect.

A family based, integrated approach to business.

Evidencing the outcomes and impact of the new partnership arrangement, including strengthening and reviewing its scrutiny and assurance processes.

What have we done?

To comply with the new Statutory Working Together guidance, from September 2019, Local Safeguarding Children Boards is replaced by new local safeguarding arrangements, led by three safeguarding partners. We are working on fully implementing this new arrangement, please see our document which was published by 29th June 2019.

Locally this will mean that we have made changes to the way the partnership is structured.  This includes introducing a new Executive Group, having fewer but more inclusive sub groups and introducing short term, outcome focused working groups where needed.  This will provide an effective safeguarding model with an efficient use of partners’ knowledge, skills and time.

To stay connected, we planned two safeguarding partnerships events per year. We held the first of these in July looking at the themes from serious case reviews. Our next event will be on the 11th December 2019 and will be focused on the ‘voice of the child’. These events ensure all partner agencies are kept up to date and offer opportunities for reflection , networking and to give us your views on the progress the safeguarding partnership is making against its key priorities.

What happens next?

We will agree our business plan by 31st March 2019

We will publish the dates for multi-agency safeguarding training (Everyone’s Responsibility and Working Together) from April 2019 ( further details about our training offer will be in our published arrangements)

We will engage our partners in key pieces of work such as reviewing the threshold document and improving our website and resources.

We will invite our Board and safeguarding partners to an event on 11th December 2019 to ensure we continue to share the details of the arrangement.

We will review progress against our arrangements by June 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jo Stephenson at jstephenson@buckscc.gov.uk or your current Safeguarding Board representative.

Working Together to Safeguard Children – Changes to Statutory Guidance

Following publication by the Department of Education of a revised Working Together Guidance in June 2018 there are some quite significant changes in relation to Local Safeguarding Children Boards:

Local Safeguarding Children Boards will be replaced by new local safeguarding arrangements, led by three safeguarding partners (local authorities, chief officers of police, and clinical commissioning groups).See attached pdf for further information regarding this. (Chapter 3)

There are changes to the Serious Case Review process which will, in future, be referred to as Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews. See attached pdf for further information (Chapter 4)

There will be a duty on child death review partners (local authorities and clinical commissioning groups) to review the deaths of children normally resident in the local area – or, if they consider it appropriate, for those not normally resident in the area. See attached pdf for further information regarding this. (Chapter 5)

Plans for the new arrangements must be published by June 2019 with full implementation in place by September 2019.

As the changes have been implemented as required, Working Together 2018 sets out the new arrangement as per below:

Chapter 3: Multi-agency safeguarding arrangements

1. Local organisations and agencies that work with children and families play a significant role when it comes to safeguarding children.

2. To achieve the best possible outcomes, children and families should receive targeted services that meet their needs in a co-ordinated way. Fragmented provision of services creates inefficiencies and risks disengagement by children and their families from services such as GPs, education and wider voluntary and community specialist support.

3. There is a shared responsibility between organisations and agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in a local area.

4. As set out in chapter 2, many local organisations and agencies have a duty under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to ensure that they consider the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children when carrying out their functions.

5. The responsibility for this join-up locally rests with the three safeguarding partners who have a shared and equal duty to make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in a local area.

Safeguarding partners 

A safeguarding partner in relation to a local authority area in England is defined under the Children Act 2004 (as amended by the Children and Social Work Act, 2017) as:

(a) the local authority

(b) a clinical commissioning group for an area any part of which falls within the local authority area

(c) the chief officer of police for an area any part of which falls within the local authority area

6. The three safeguarding partners should agree on ways to co-ordinate their safeguarding services; act as a strategic leadership group in supporting and engaging others; and implement local and national learning including from serious child safeguarding incidents (see link for Working Together 2018).

7. To fulfil this role, the three safeguarding partners must set out how they will work together and with any relevant agencies. Relevant agencies are those organisations and agencies whose involvement the safeguarding partners consider may be required to safeguard and promote the welfare of children with regard to local need.

8. The purpose of these local arrangements is to support and enable local organisations and agencies to work together in a system where:

• children are safeguarded and their welfare promoted

• partner organisations and agencies collaborate, share and co-own the vision for how to achieve improved outcomes for vulnerable children

• organisations and agencies challenge appropriately and hold one another to account effectively

• there is early identification and analysis of new safeguarding issues and emerging threats

• learning is promoted and embedded in a way that local services for children and families can become more reflective and implement changes to practice

• information is shared effectively to facilitate more accurate and timely decision making for children and families

9. In order to work together effectively, the safeguarding partners with other local organisations and agencies should develop processes that:

• facilitate and drive action beyond usual institutional and agency constraints and boundaries

• ensure the effective protection of children is founded on practitioners developing lasting and trusting relationships with children and their families

10. To be effective, these arrangements should link to other strategic partnership work happening locally to support children and families. This will include other public boards including Health and wellbeing boards, Adult Safeguarding Boards, Channel Panels, Improvement Boards, Community Safety Partnerships, the Local Family Justice Board and MAPPAs.

Leadership

11. Strong leadership is critical for the new arrangements to be effective in bringing together the various organisations and agencies. It is important therefore that the lead representative from each of the three safeguarding partners plays an active role. The lead representatives for safeguarding partners are: the local authority chief executive, the accountable officer of a clinical commissioning group, and a chief officer of police.

12. All three safeguarding partners have equal and joint responsibility for local safeguarding arrangements. In situations that require a clear, single point of leadership, all three safeguarding partners should decide who would take the lead on issues that arise.

13. Should the lead representatives delegate their functions they remain accountable for any actions or decisions taken on behalf of their agency. If delegated, it is the responsibility of the lead representative to identify and nominate a senior officer in their agency to have responsibility and authority for ensuring full participation with these arrangements.

14. The representatives, or those they delegate authority to, should be able to:

• speak with authority for the safeguarding partner they represent

• take decisions on behalf of their organisation or agency and commit them on policy, resourcing and practice matters

• hold their own organisation or agency to account on how effectively they participate and implement the local arrangements

 


Change to contact number for safeguarding children – the 0845 4600001 number quoted in the video below has now changed to 01296 383962.

Safeguarding Video

 

The above video was commissioned by the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board and the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board as a joint venture. If other organisations wish to use this video please ensure that your website acknowledges this.

Vision and Values – BSCP will continue to work to the vision and values set out below:-

Our Vision 

“A strong and shared safeguarding culture across partners ensures every child and young person in Buckinghamshire grows up safe from maltreatment, neglect and harm. Children and their parents receive the right help and support when they need it, leading to better outcomes for children and young people.”

Our Values

  • We will be honest and clear about the difference we are making for children and young people
  • We will respectfully challenge each other to ensure we are making a difference
  • We will all take responsibility for helping each other to improve outcomes for children and young people
  • We will value difference to help us to improve
  • We will look to hold to account rather than to blame
  • Everything we do will benefit children and young people in Buckinghamshire
  • We will be courageous
  • We are all in it together – as a Board we accept collective responsibility for our performance

Priorities

The BSCB priorities, and how we plan to achieve them, are set out in our BSCB Business Plan 2018-19 for which the priorities are:

  • Domestic Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Child Exploitation
  • Early Help
  • Partnership High Level Improvement Plan
  • Board Transformation Plan

The BSCP will maintain a focus on these priorities and or updated business plan will be available from March 2020

Terms of Reference and Executive Partnership Group Membership

The terms of reference for the Executive partnership are under review, which will set out the purpose and function of the group. They also describe operational arrangements and governance and list current membership

Independent Chair: Mr Francis Habgood

Vice-Chair: To be agreed

Relationship with other Boards

The Joint Board Protocol sets out how the following Boards will work together to safeguard children, young people and adults who are vulnerable to abuse:

  • Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board
  • Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board
  • Health & Wellbeing Board
  • Safer & Stronger Bucks Partnership Board

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