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safeguarding reform

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Reform

Multi-agency Safeguarding Partnerships are now in operation in England from 30th September 2019.  There are 131 safeguarding partnerships covering 151 local authority areas.

Safeguarding Partnerships are a more flexible and stronger system of multi-agency arrangements led by local leaders from local authority, police and health services.

Milton Keynes Safeguarding Partnership have described the process of setting up a safeguarding partnership

Bexley Safeguarding Partnership have produced a blog on ‘the day in the life of a safeguarding partnership’

The National Children’s Bureau (NCB)

has published a report giving an overview of learning from the Safeguarding Early Adopter Programme, a cross-government initiative which brought together 17 projects in England to develop approaches to the new multi-agency arrangements for safeguarding children introduced by the 2017 Children and Social Work Act.

Findings include: the changes to the statutory framework presents opportunities for partners to be innovative and facilitate improvements in their local safeguarding arrangements; attention should be paid to ensuring leaders in local authorities, police and health come together in equal partnership and also how partners engage other relevant agencies and practitioners including those in education organisations and the voluntary and community sector.

Read the report: Safeguarding Early Adopters: developing the learning on multi-agency safeguarding arrangements (PDF)

New Partners Needed?

What Works for Children’s Social Care is seeking participants for the extension of their Practice In Need of Evidence (PINE) programme, examining multi-agency partnerships working to improve outcomes in children’s social care.

Applications can be from any statutory agencies involved in multi-agency partnership work to improve outcomes for children who are engaged with children’s social care. The basis of this project is the understanding that children are best safeguarded when professionals work together closely and effectively, and that, as with many aspects of child safeguarding, there is a lack of evidence about the most effective ways of multi-agency working.

The PINE programme aims to build an evidence base for existing and new practice that demonstrate impact on outcomes for children and young people who need to be safeguarded. The centre is particularly interested in multi-agency working between children’s social care, police and health services, but other statutory agencies are welcome to apply. 

Further information is available at Practice In Need of Evidence