Revised Safeguarding Children Arrangements in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

  • 28 June 2019

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The Wood Review of Safeguarding Children was commissioned by the Prime Minister in December 2015, as it was deemed that Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCB) were not working effectively across England. Confidence has fallen in the effectiveness of these boards and the limitations of LSCBs have been repeatedly highlighted during Ofsted inspections.

The recommendations of the Wood Review include:

  • The duty to collaborate between CCGs, local authorities and the Police Service must be strengthened.
  • The local authority is no longer the lead agency, but the three statutory agencies become equal partners in the safeguarding of children.
  • Each agency must identify a Chief Officer with the leadership responsibility for collaboration and partnership in the implementation and ownership of the new arrangements.
  • All areas must move towards the implementation of the new arrangements within a prescribed period of time.
  • Local authorities, Police Service and Health are expected to publish plans for the introduction of revised processes for safeguarding children on 29 June 2019.  These plans are expected to be in place by 29 September 2019.

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