Safeguarding Updates – May 2019
LSCBs replaced by Safegaurding Partners
Changes in local authority safegarding in England
There is just one major update to discuss this month; the impending change in the way local authority safeguarding is organised in England.
The Children and Social Work Act, 2017 started the process. After lengthy consultation, local authorities were informed that LSCBs, the Local Safeguarding Children Board, would be replaced with new local safeguarding arrangements led by three Safeguarding Partners.
The three Safeguarding Partners are:
- local authorities (social services, private fostering units etc)
- chief officers of police (police)
- clinical commissioning groups (health)
The aim of the change is to improve multi-agency working in local areas which will, therefore, improve the provision of safeguarding and child protection in each local area.
The time is now fast approaching when the Safeguarding Partners need to publish their new arrangements, explaining how they will work together; that must happen in June 2019.
Within three months, so by September 2019 those new arrangements must be implemented.
What does it mean for ELT organisations?
Once the new local area Safeguarding Partners are operational, LSCBs will no longer exist.
Lead Safeguarding staff in ELT organisations must, therefore
- keep checking the current LSCB website, or local authority website, to find out what the new arrangements for Safeguarding Partners will be in their area. This information should be published during June 2019.
- once those arrangements are announced, update their policies with the new contact information for Safeguarding Partners and the go-to person to contact with child protection queries. It may continue to be the LADO, or there could be changes.
- note the exact date of changeover. If the Safeguarding Partners have a different contact phone number than the LSCB, keep both until you are sure the new Safeguarding Partners number is operational
- ensure staff, homestays and others are informed of the change and who they need to contact if they have a child protection concern
- do you need to update any training materials to explain the demise of LSCBs and the arrival of Safeguarding Partners?
- try to make contact with the new Safeguarding Partners, introduce yourself and your organisation and let them know how you are involved with under 18s.
Be alert as this important change takes place. You must be ready and up to date with information as a serious child protection incident could happen at any time.