The DSPPB is a joint overarching body, which will monitor and improve safeguarding activity for children and adults. It brings together senior officers from the key agencies and agreed significant partners. The DSPPB will ensure there is a focus on transformation by providing strong leadership and guidance to all of its partners, identifying the strategic priorities on a yearly basis and determining the desired outcomes in respect of safeguarding activity and practice. The DSPPB has strategic oversight of the work across both the Safeguarding Children Partnership and the Adult Partnership Groups, which in turn will drive the work of the sub-groups to improve outcomes.
To maintain a clear focus on the strategic responsibilities of the safeguarding arrangements, the DSPPB deliberately selected a small group of strategic leads from the key agencies, in conjunction with agreed relevant partners. The standing agenda will oversee the progression of the strategic priorities, and scrutinise service provision in respect of the local safeguarding arrangements as it is recognised that responsibility for safeguarding spans across a much wider range of organisations, and their engagement and visibility as ‘relevant partners’ is intrinsic for the effectiveness and delivery of all work of the DSPPB, DSCPG and DSAPG, and the associated sub-groups.
The DSPPB will consist of: