Safeguarding arrangements for both children and adults have been in place in Dudley borough for some years. Working together, the Dudley MBC, West Midlands Police and the Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have constantly sought to ensure these arrangements are as effective as possible in ensuring residents are safe and able to live the lives they choose. The proposals set out in this document represent the next stage in that journey, building on national guidance, but not narrowly limited by it.
In line with Working Together 2018, increased attention will be afforded to;
- Assessing need and ensuring the provision of effective help and support.
- Understanding and complying with the new arrangements under which Serious Case Reviews will be replaced by Child Learning Practice Reviews. These will be directed to a National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel (the Panel), which will commission and publish reviews of cases believed to be complex and therefore of public interest and national importance. The local safeguarding partners will still be required to complete and publish local reviews, where they believe there are multi-agency lessons to be learned.
- Overseeing the transfer of the Child Death Review process from the DSCB to the CCG and the Public Health function of the Local Authority. At a local level, this new way of working has already commenced, with Dudley being awarded funding as an early adopter to pilot a new Child Death Review process to span across the four Black Country Local Authority areas.
- Strengthening organisational responsibilities to safeguard children.
Whilst implementing the statutory requirements to develop the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements regarding children and young people, Dudley safeguarding partners have agreed on an ambitious programme of wider change. This will integrate the majority of the current safeguarding work streams of both the Children’s and Adult Safeguarding Boards. Our arrangements will therefore extend beyond the remit of the requirements as defined in Working Together (2018), and will include the functions defined in the Care Act (2014), which requires every local authority to establish a Safeguarding Adults Board (an “SAB”) for its area, with the purpose of helping and protecting adults in the situations defined in the legislation.
On the basis of the above, to ensure the arrangements function, the following meeting structure has been adopted: