The three statutory partners, the Local Authority, the Police and the Clinical Commissioning Group (part of the NHS) must work with all agencies, which includes schools and colleges, to ensure everyone works together and shares information to help keep our children safe. The aim is to improve the outcomes for all children and particularly those who are most vulnerable.
Full details of how these arrangements work and what must be done can be found in the Children Act 2004 as amended by the Children and Social Work Act 20017 and the statutory guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.
The guidance says that there must be some independent scrutiny to provide assurance in judging the effectiveness of multi-agency arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in Wandsworth. That is my role, I chair some of the key meetings and provide the independent scrutiny. I have no connection with any of the local agencies and I am able to meet with and ask questions of staff in all the different agencies.
The Safeguarding Partnership must publish full details of these arrangements.
In order to make sure the work of the partnership is focused on the most important areas a number of priority areas have been agreed. These are reviewed periodically and part of my scrutiny is to monitor progress against these priority areas.
David Peplow, Chair of WSCP