NEL Safeguarding Children Partnership Annual Report 2019-20

Sent on behalf of Helen Willis, Safeguarding Children Partnership Coordinator:

Please find enclosed the  first Annual Report of the Safeguarding Children Partnership.  This Annual Report has been prepared according to the guidance set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and has been published on the Safer NEL website and covers 31.03.2019 to 31.03.2020.

The year has been characterised by strengthening local arrangements by undertaking  a full review of the SCP statutory functions.  This led to the development of the Scrutiny and Assurance Framework and identification of two outcomes “The safeguarding partnership is robust and effective “ and “Children are and feel safe” and more robust  partnership working.  

The report acknowledges the severe pressure faced across our communities and across all services as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, which has resulted in huge changes to the daily lives of children /families and which will present heightened levels of risk for some. It also highlights the joined up response by the SCP, Safeguarding Adult Board (SAB) and Community Safety Partnership(CSP) under the SAFER NEL arrangements to ensure there was a consistency to supporting children and adults with care and support needs to meet current and potential future risk and need .

The report outlines continued areas of development including further embedding the two SCP outcomes, overseeing the impact of the Domestic Abuse Strategy, the impact of local contextual safeguarding arrangements, further embedding the voice of the child strategy, reviewing safeguarding training arrangements and overseeing the further development of local transition arrangements between children’s to adult’s servicers.  The focus will continue to be on practice improvement and evidencing the impact and difference to children and young people.

Please feel free to share the report within your agency.

Please contact Helen Willis if you would like any further detail: