Safeguarding

The statutory partners, working with a wide range of stakeholders, have reviewed the existing safeguarding arrangements in Dudley and will build on the identified strengths. Central to this is the formation of a new structure under a single, overarching, all-age Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership (DSPP). This will oversee safeguarding arrangements for adults and children in a single arena.

Recognising that, through the Children and Social Work Act (2017) and the Care Act (2014), there is a range of legislation that dictates specific functions to be exercised, the new arrangements will see the introduction of two specific partnership groups, the Dudley Safeguarding Adults Board (DSAB) and the Dudley Safeguarding Children Partnership Group (DSCPG). These will sit below the DSPP and will report to it. Sub groups will sit below the DSAB and DSCPG and will report to these as appropriate. 

DSPP Executive

The group with delegated strategic responsibilities to oversee the safeguarding arrangements, hold partners to account, and scrutinise arrangements for adult and children safeguarding through a single lens.

For more information about the DSPP please visit the Executive page

DSAB

The group identified to focus on the statutory duties under the Care Act (2014). 

For information on the DSAB please visit the DSAB page

DSCPG

The group identified to focus on the statutory duties under the Children and Social Work Act (2017) and Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018).

For more information on DSCPG please visit the DSCPG information page

Sub Groups

Exploitation - Adults

Purpose, Role and Responsibility

  • To meet legislative requirements, government guidance and implement recognised best practice to improve the safety and outcomes for adults who are at risk of exploitation from threats such as:
    • Organisational crime and abuse (Persons in a Position of Trust and Local Authority Designated Officer processes and policy)
    • Criminal Exploitation
    • Human trafficking
    • Modern slavery
    • Online harms and cyber crime
    • Prevent
  • To develop and maintain a work-plan which reflects the threat, risk and opportunities identified for adults at risk in Dudley and draw on identified and emerging good practice, guidance and legislation nationally and locally.
  • Lead and develop the strategy and work plan for how, through our partnerships, we will:
    • Prepare –To provide strong leadership; common definition; effective systems whilst working together to safeguard adults.
    • Prevent – To have a common understanding and approach to recognising and tackling contextual safeguarding concerns.
    • Protect – To have a planned immediate response to concerns or the first signs and indicators of complex safeguarding issues.
    • Pursue – To disrupt, arrest and prosecute offenders.
  • To identify the prevalence of complex safeguarding issues in Dudley
  • To understand operational processes across all partner agencies
  • To assist the Board to form a view as to the effectiveness of local arrangements regarding tackling complex contextual concerns
  • To gather, scrutinise and analyse data and performance information to identify any emerging patterns, trends and themes regarding contextual safeguarding concerns and provide quarterly reports as required into the Dudley Safeguarding Adult Board (DSAB)
  • Identify the need to undertake audits and address any need for change in procedures and practice presented by the outcome and evidence of such audits.
  • To monitor strategic risk and alert DSAB and DSPP to significant risk across the borough
  • Ensure opportunities to hear the voice of the adult, and carers, and all professionals are incorporated into the work of the group.
  • To identify and share good practice

Membership

Core membership of the Sub Group will include senior managers / decision makers within the following disciplines:

  • Dudley MBC
  • Dudley College
  • West Midlands Police
  • Dudley CCG
  • Dudley Group of Hospitals
  • Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • DSPP Business Unit

Exploitation - Children

Purpose, Role and Responsibility

  • To meet legislative requirements, government guidance and implement recognised best practice to improve the safety and outcomes for children who are at risk from forms of exploitation such as child sexual exploitation (CSE), child criminal exploitation (CCE), children who go missing and those that are trafficked.
  • Have a clear understanding of the prevalence of child exploitation within Dudley.
  • To support the Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership and the wider multi-agency partnership in its duty to safeguard children and young people from harm, including harm caused by CSE, CCE, trafficking, modern slavery, and from going missing, in accordance with the policies, procedures and guidance of the Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership.
  • Lead and develop the strategy and work plan for how, through our partnerships, we will prevent children from being harmed by CCE and reduce the number of children who go missing in the borough, protect those who have been harmed, disrupt and prosecute offenders who have harmed/present a risk of harm to them and ensure that partners are effectively contributing towards each element of that strategy.
  • Ensure the delivery of this strategy through a delivery plan which will provide a sharp focus on the 5 strands of Prepare, Pursue, Protect, Prevent and Public Confidence
  • Make sure this delivery plan continues to be a live document reflecting the threat, risk and opportunities identified for children and young people in Dudley and draw on identified and emerging good practice, guidance and legislation nationally and locally.
  • Improve awareness, reporting and safeguarding of victims of CSE, CCE, missing and trafficked children in Dudley and to bring perpetrators to justice.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of services and procedures in this area, across the partnership, ensuring that these are managed in line with statutory guidance.
  • Maintain both a strategic and operational view of progress and impact of local arrangements in relation to missing children and for those Looked after Children placed Out of Borough.
  • Gather, scrutinise and analyse performance management information relating to the issues and provide quarterly reports as required into the Dudley Safeguarding Children group.
  • Identify the need to undertake audits and address any need for change in procedures and practice presented by the outcome and evidence of such audits.
  • Ensure opportunities to hear the voice of the child, young people, protective carers and all professionals are incorporated into the work of the group.

Membership

Core membership of the Sub Group will include senior managers / decision makers within the following disciplines:

  • Dudley MBC
    • Exploitation Hub
    • Family Solutions
    • Children's Services
  • West Midlands Police
  • Black Country and West Birmingham CCG
  • Barnardos
  • Black Country Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Phase Trust

Learning and Improvement

Purpose, Role and Responsibility

  • The Learning and Improvement Sub Group will co-ordinate actions to learn from experience and improve services to safeguard children, young people and adults.
  • Implement the Learning and Improvement Framework will outline the method by which lessons are learned from the different activities of the Partnership and how they can best be disseminated and embedded in practice. The aim is to meet the challenges of a changing environment and to further improve safeguarding practice across all agencies. The framework should be flexible, responsive to changes and makes an integral contribution to the development of the annual business plan
  • To support the Partnership to create a learning culture where good practice becomes standard practice.
  • Co-ordinate learning and improvement activities undertaken by each person or body represented on the Partnership for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults in the area.
  • Ensure the effectiveness of the learning and improvement activities undertaken by each such person or body for the purpose of safeguarding.
  • Receive referrals from partner organisations and make decisions regarding undertaking Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and Safeguarding Adult Reviews. Establishing a Panel from the Children and/or Adult Groups to undertake safeguarding adult reviews and rapid reviews for child safeguarding practice reviews of cases in line with any National guidance.
  • Make recommendations (for adult reviews to the Independent Chair and for children via the CSPR panel), following scoping exercises for adult reviews and rapid reviews for children as to whether review should take place and to make a decision about the type of review. The Business Unit will then notify regulatory bodies of the decision including the National Panel about whether a review is appropriate, or whether the case may raise issues which are complex or of national importance such that a national review may be appropriate.
  • Monitor activities arising from the reflective activities within the partnership arrangements. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Child Safeguarding Practice and Safeguarding Adult and other types of Learning Review
    • Learning from Child Death Overview Process (CDOP) in relation to safeguarding
    • LeDer Reviews
    • Follow the agreed process for disseminating learning to the wider workforce across the partnership

Membership

Core membership of the Learning and Improvement Sub Group will include senior managers / decision makers within the following disciplines:

  • Dudley MBC
  • CGL (Substance Misuse Service)
  • Dudley Group of Hospitals
  • West Midlands Police
  • National Probation Service
  • Black Country CRC
  • Here4Youth including young people’s drug & alcohol service
  • Black Country and West Birmingham CCG
  • DSPP Business Unit
  • Black Country Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Safe and Sound via Community Safety Partnership

 

Neglect

Purpose Role and Responsibility

  • To meet legislative requirements, government guidance and implement recognised best practice to improve the safety and outcomes for children, young people and adults who are at risk of neglect
  • To develop and maintain a work-plan which reflects the threat, risk and opportunities identified for children, young people, and adults at risk in Dudley and draw on identified and emerging good practice, guidance and legislation nationally and locally.
  • Lead and develop the strategy and work plan for how, through our partnerships, we will:
    • To identify the prevalence of neglect in Dudley
    • To understand operational processes across all partner agencies
    • To assist the Partnership to form a view as to the effectiveness of local arrangements regarding tackling complex contextual concerns
    • To gather, scrutinise and analyse data and performance information to identify any emerging patterns, trends and themes regarding neglect concerns and provide reports as required into the Dudley Safeguarding Adult Board (DSAB) and DSPP Executive
    • Identify the need to undertake audits and address any need for change in procedures and practice presented by the outcome and evidence of such audits.
    • To monitor strategic risk and alert DSAB and Executive to significant risk across the borough
    • Ensure opportunities to hear the voice of the child, adult, and carers, and all professionals are incorporated into the work of the group.
    • To identify and share good practice

Membership

Core membership of the Sub Group will include senior managers / decision makers within the following disciplines:

  • Dudley MBC
  • West Midlands Police
  • Black Country and West Birmingham CCG
  • Dudley Group of Hospitals
  • Black Country Healthcare NHS Trust (Dudley Place)
  • West Midlands Fire Service
  • Dudley Integrated Health and Care
  • Change Grow Live
  • Healthwatch
  • DCVS
  • DSPP Business Unit

Policy and Procedures

Purpose, Role and Responsibility

To oversee the development and revision to Safeguarding Partnership Policy and Procedures and also contribute to reviewing and developing the West Midlands Regional Safeguarding Procedures as and when required.

  • Approving draft/update Board Safeguarding policies/guidance and procedures which will be sent to DSAB / DSCPG as appropriate for final ratification and adoption
  • Identifying needs and gaps in policies and procedures
  • Consider implications of changes to national policy guidance
  • Consider recommendations arising from local and national reviews

Membership

Core membership of the group will include senior managers / decision makers within the following disciplines:

  • Dudley MBC
  • West Midlands Police
  • Black Country and West Birmingham CCG
  • Dudley Group of Hospitals
  • West Midlands Fire Service
  • Black Country Healthcare
  • DSPP Business Unit

Quality Assurance and Performance

Purpose, Roles and Responsibility

The Quality Assurance and Performance sub group is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of what is done by partners, individually and collectively, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults in Dudley and to advise them on how to improve.

  • To monitor the effectiveness of local safeguarding arrangements from a single agency and a multi-agency perspective;
  • To promote high standards of safeguarding work and to foster a culture of continuous learning, improvement and challenge across the partnership; 
  • To coordinate and challenge multi-agency audit and quality assurance audit activity;
  • Agree and coordinate the DSPP Performance Framework including reporting good progress and exceptions to DSAB / DSCPG via a performance dashboard.

Membership

Core membership of the group will include senior managers / decision makers within the following disciplines:

  • Dudley MBC
  • Dudley Group of Hospitals
  • West Midlands Police
  • Black Country and West Birmingham CCG
  • Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Change. Grow. Live
  • HealthWatch
  • Black Country CRC / National Probation Service
  • DCVS
  • West Midlands Fire Service
  • DSPP Business Unit