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Safeguarding Children Partnership Group

The Dudley Safeguarding Children Partnership Group (DSCPG) is the group identified to focus on the statutory duties under the Children and Social Work Act (2017) and Working Together (2018)


The purpose of the DSCPG is to establish and maintain effective multi-agency arrangements for children, young people and families as mandated under The Children and Social Work Act (2017) and further defined in the supplementary Statutory Guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. This calls for effective systems being in place to protect children from abuse and to prevent impairment to their health and/or development.
In response, DSCPG will engage in any activity that facilitates or is conducive to, the achievement of its objectives.

In all its activities the DSCPG will advocate that the duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all Dudley’s children and young people is 'everybody’s responsibility'.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined by Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of Children health or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

Core Duties

In order to fulfil its core duties the DSCPG will develop a range of initiatives, plans, policies and procedures for safeguarding and promote the welfare of children and young people which will include :

  • Focusing on the impact of all forms of child abuse and neglect
  • Maintaining an overview of the range of provision, services and interventions delivered to reduce the impact of abuse and neglect
  • Supporting and scrutinising steps taken to reduce risk of abuse and neglect
  • Monitoring, supporting and scrutinising the improvement of the quality of practice and impact across partner agencies
  • Establishing robust processes to hold individual members to account and gain assurance of the effectiveness of their organisation’s arrangements.
  • Understanding the profile and perspectives of Dudley’s children and young people by asking for their views, listening and responding to them.
  • Evidencing how individual members of DSCP have challenged one another and held other local boards to account, for example the Health and Wellbeing Board.
  • Making recommendations to Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership Executive in regard to supporting, commending and challenging safeguarding policy and practice across agencies and the workforce
  • Ensuring that the ‘business’ agreed by DSPP is carried out effectively
  • Overseeing all multi-agency inspection activity, preparation and outcomes and for monitoring actions in response to these
  • Developing mechanisms for ensuring the Annual Strategic Plan and Annual Report are conducted and published in a timely manner, so as to comply with statutory requirements and enhance the accountability of the DSCP to the local community.


The DSCPG will consist of:

  • Service Director of Children’s Social Care, Dudley MBC
  • Director of Children’s Services, Dudley MBC
  • Lead Member for Children’s Services
  • Business Partner (Children and Young People), West Midlands Fire Service
  • Detective Inspector, West Midlands Police
  • Assistant Director of Childrens Services, Barnardos
  • Service Director of Early Help, Schools and SEND, Dudley MBC
  • CEO, Phase Trust
  • Housing Strategy Manager, Dudley MBC
  • Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children, Black Country and West Birmingham CCG
  • Deputy Chief Executive, Dudley Council for Voluntary Services
  • Associate Director for Safeguarding and Partnerships, Black Country and West Birmingham CCG
  • Head of Safeguarding, Practice and Quality Assurance, Dudley MBC
  • Head of Black Country Probation, Probation Services
  • Business Manager, Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership
  • Designated Doctor, Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Head of Community Safety, Dudley MBC
  • Independent Scrutineer, Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership

Annual Report

All Safeguarding Childrens Partnerships are required to publish annual reports outlining the work of the Partnership over the past year.

For previous annual reports, please visit our Safeguarding Children Annual Reports page