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Multi-Agency Safeguarding Reform

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 provides for the replacement of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) with a more flexible system of multi-agency arrangements, led by the three safeguarding partners as outlined below:

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 provides the statutory guidance for the three safeguarding partners, who will be required to make joint safeguarding decisions to meet the needs of local children and families. They will jointly be responsible for setting out local plans to keep children safe and improve their wellbeing, and will be accountable for how well agencies work together to protect children from abuse and neglect. They will also be responsible for identifying serious child safeguarding cases which raise issues of importance in relation to the area and review cases where they consider it appropriate.

The law underpinning the new safeguarding arrangements came into effect on 29 June 2018. Local areas in England have up to 12 months from this date to develop and publish their arrangements, and a further three months to implement their plans in full. Safeguarding partners must publish their arrangements by 29 June 2019. All new local arrangements must have been implemented by 29 September 2019.

More information on this phase is available in the Working Together: transitional guidance.

Published Arrangements 

Local areas that have published their safeguarding partnership arrangements:





North Lincolnshire







Early Adopters Programme

The Early Adopters are a group of local areas that are developing new and innovative approaches to establishing their new arrangements and developing solutions to implementation challenges. The purpose of the programme is to understand and analyse the key challenges and opportunities emerging from the reform, and share this learning nationally.

Learn more about the Early Adopters Programme


Regional Events

We will be running a series of regional events on the new multi-agency arrangements until March 2019. Please see here for more details.

November 2018 Event Presentations:

Bexley – Early Adopters

Calderdale – Early Adopters

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

National Children’s Bureau


Learning Summaries and Case Studies

If you are developing your safeguarding partnership, or just interested in the work of the Programme, we will be posting learning summaries and case studies on this page which may be helpful in thinking about your own transition to new arrangements.

More details coming soon.