New Safeguarding Arrangements Consultation

Background

Every Local Authority area has an independent Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). LSCBs are responsible for ensuring agencies work together to safeguard children and for ensuring how effectively this happens. The Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has fulfilled this role for Liverpool and has supported professionals, and all who work with children, to improve safeguarding practice and services by delivering training, auditing practice, developing and publishing safeguarding procedures, undertaking reviews into serious cases and publishing learning. However, LSCB’s will soon be replaced.

Changes

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 replaces LSCBs with new local safeguarding arrangements led by the three named statutory safeguarding partners; local authorities, chief officers of police, and clinical commissioning groups (health). The three partners will assume the responsibilities for safeguarding arrangements that currently sit with LSCBs and will have a shared and equal duty for new safeguarding arrangements and for working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Liverpool.

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 also reinforces the duty, which currently exists under section 11 of the Children Act 2004, on local organisations and agencies whose involvement the safeguarding partners consider is required to safeguard and promote the welfare of local children. These agencies are known as relevant agencies.

Liverpool’s New Safeguarding Arrangements

The main safeguarding partners, together with Education representatives, have considered and developed new safeguarding arrangements. A summary of the new arrangements is detailed below together with detail of how partners will organise to deliver the new safeguarding arrangements. A link to the new arrangements is also available.

Liverpool Safeguarding Partnership - New Safeguarding Arrangements Draft For Consultation

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Liverpool Safeguarding Partnerhsip - New Safeguarding Arrangements - Structure

Consultation – Partners require your views!

Views on the new safeguarding arrangements for Liverpool are sought. When you have considered the new safeguarding arrangements please complete the short online questionnaire by following the link:

Liverpool Safeguarding Arrangements Consultation Questionnaire.

The consultation will close on Monday 11th February 2019.

(Note: The new safeguarding arrangements are subject to change following consultation. Final arrangements will be published April 2019).

Summary of Liverpool’s New Safeguarding Arrangements

Liverpool Safeguarding Partnership Board

Will provide leadership, direction and governance, for the delivery of safeguarding arrangements in Liverpool, through equal and joint responsibility. The partnership board membership includes representation from the main safeguarding partners (Council, Police, Health Organisations and Education). The board will meet regularly to consider the effectiveness of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements. 

Liverpool Safeguarding Partnership Forum

Will bring together the named statutory partners, of the safeguarding partnership board, with representatives from relevant agencies. The partnership forum will support Liverpool’s multi-agency safeguarding arrangements, to be more effective, through collaborative leadership, scrutiny, challenge and coordinated activity.  

Liverpool Safeguarding Partnership Audit, Scrutiny & Review Group

Will lead, direct and support coordinated multi-agency audit, scrutiny and review activity, which will enable the LSP Board, to assess the effectiveness of services for children in need of protection and help.

Liverpool Safeguarding Partnership Learning, Practice & Workforce Development Group

Will provide a coordinated multi-agency approach to workforce development which supports effective safeguarding practice through the communication and embedding of learning and practice improvements.

Liverpool Safeguarding Partnership Engagement Forum

Will, through a multi- agency forum, enable the Liverpool Safeguarding Partners to engage, meaningfully, with; multi-agency staff, children and families, as necessary, to inform responsive strategic and practice safeguarding improvements.

Independent Scrutiny

The role of independent scrutiny is to provide independent assurance of the effectiveness of Liverpool’s multi-agency safeguarding arrangements. Liverpool’s independent scrutiny arrangements will be part of a wider system of scrutiny which will include any statutory inspection of safeguarding partners and will include the role of Independent Safeguarding Scrutineer. This role will provide independent, objective critical challenge and appraisal of LSP’s multi-agency safeguarding arrangements.

Timeline

New safeguarding arrangements must be published and in place by September 2019. The Liverpool Safeguarding Partnership Board intends to have Liverpool’s new safeguarding arrangements in place by April 2019.

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