Sub-groups

District council representative group

Chair: Alison Broom, Chief Executive, Maidstone Borough Council

Membership is the District Council Safeguarding Leads. The group provides a district council voice at the Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-Agency Partnership (KSCMP) and oversees the Partnership's decisions and recommendations relating to District / Borough Councils. It defines the strategic direction in relation to planning, commissioning and delivery of services to vulnerable children in order to achieve a consistent and responsive approach.

View district council representative group terms of reference (PDF, 150.9 KB)

Education representative group

Chair: Peggy Murphy, Head Teacher, Five Acre Wood School

The group ensures good two-way communication between the Education Sector and the Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-Agency Partnership (KSCMP) and raises awareness across the sector of wider safeguarding issues. It identifies and discusses strategic issues being raised by educational establishments and where required, makes suitable recommendations to KSCMP for action. The group will also support settings involved in Serious Case / Local Practice Reviews and enable representatives from a range of of educational establishments to link with the work of KSCMP.

View education representative group terms of reference (PDF, 200.2 KB)

Health representative group

Chair: Sarah Vaux, Chief Nurse, Kent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

The Health Representative Group has been established to enable health representatives from NHS Kent and Medway, Kent County Council, and all health trusts and agencies to meet together in order to fulfil their responsibility to safeguard children in an integrated way. The group provides a common health voice at the Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-Agency Partnership (KSCMP) and oversees the Partnership's decisions and recommendations relating to health services. It defines the strategic direction in relation to planning, commissioning and delivery of services to vulnerable children in order to achieve a consistent and responsive approach. The group will also identify any deficits in health services to safeguarding children and ensure the deficits are addressed.

(The health representative group terms of reference are currently under review)

Joint exploitation group

Chair: Nick Wilkinson, Prevent and Channel Strategic Manager, Kent County Council (KCC)

This is a joint group combining the Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-Agency Partnership (KSCMP), Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership (MSCP), and Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board (KMSAB). The Group oversees multi-agency activity around:

  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Gangs / County Lines
  • Human Trafficking / Modern Slavery
  • Online Safeguarding
  • Radicalisation / Extremism
  • Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)

(The joint exploitation group terms of reference are currently under review)

Online safeguarding working group

Chair: Paula Mitchell, Adult Safeguarding Officer, KCC Adult Social Care and Health

The purpose of the working group is to support the Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-Agency Partnership (KSCMP), Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership (MSCP), and Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board (KMSAB), and their partners in their oversight of online safeguarding issues and ensuring joined-up multi-agency working where online safeguarding is seen as a risk factor for children, young people and adults.

View online safeguarding working group terms of reference (PDF, 108.8 KB)

Policy and procedures group

Chair: Tina Hughes, Senior Probation Officer, National Probation Service

Policy and Procedures is a joint Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-Agency Partnership (KSCMP) and Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership (MSCP) group, and is responsible for developing policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and ensuring they are compliant with national requirements.

The group also has the responsibility for coordinating the development of local multi-agency policies, procedures and guidance for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children on behalf of KSCMP and MSCP. The group keeps such policies under review, ensuring their timely revision and undertakes focused pieces of work at the request of the Partnerships, cooperating additional professionals as required.

View policy and procedures group terms of reference (PDF, 146.1 KB)

Rapid review group

Chair: Sarah Hammond, Director of Integrated Children's Services (Social Work Lead), Kent County Council (KCC) Children, Young People and Education

The group supports the Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-Agency Partnership (KSCMP) in establishing the initial scope for any Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review where the criteria, as set out in Working Together to Safeguarding Children 2018, are met, and develop procedures and protocols for undertaking these Practice Reviews. The group also provides the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel (CSPRP) with timely information on the Safeguarding Partnership's decision regarding the undertaking of a Practice Review.

View rapid review group terms of reference (PDF, 163.3 KB)

Scrutiny and challenge group

Chair: Sue Chandler, Kent County Council (KCC) Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services

The primary purpose of the Scrutiny and Challenge Group is to assure the safeguarding partners of the efficacy of the safeguarding system and facilitate robust scrutiny and constructive challenge across the partnership. The objective of the Scrutiny and Challenge Group is to ensure that the functions of the partnership are effectively discharged by the safeguarding partners and relevant agencies as required in Working Together to Safeguarding Children 2018.

View scrutiny and challenge group terms of reference (PDF, 207.5 KB)