In December 2015, the Government asked Sir Alan Wood to undertake a review into effectiveness of Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCBs). His review, (published in May 2016), concluded that LSCBs did not work effectively and should be abolished. The Wood review proposed a new model of collective working that would ensure better multi-agency collaboration, placing responsibilities on three key agencies to take a strategic lead on safeguarding and the promotion of child welfare in each local authority area. The Wood Review recommendations formed a core part of the Children and Social Work Act 2017.
Under the Children Act 2004, (as amended by the Children and Social Work Act 2017), LSCBs set up by Local Authorities must be replaced. The revised legislation requires the three ‘Safeguarding Partners’ (the Local Authority, the Chief Officer of Police, and Clinical Commissioning Groups) to make arrangements to work together with relevant agencies, as they consider appropriate, to safeguard and protect the welfare of children in the area.
‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018’ and ‘Working Together: transitional guidance 2018’ statutory documents, set out further structural requirements for the proposed new multi-agency local safeguarding partnership arrangements. The legislation and Working Together require the three Safeguarding Partners to discharge a ‘shared and equal duty’ to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. These arrangements must be published by the 29th June 2019 and implemented by the 29th September 2019.
Publication of the New Arrangements
The Kent Safeguarding Partners’ lead officers have signed off the Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-agency Partnership Arrangements and these are available below:
Following this, the new arrangements came in to effect on the 17th September 2019.
The Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB) will continue to carry out all its statutory functions, including commissioning Serious Case Reviews where the criteria are met, until this implementation date.