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Governance of the ‘new’ multi-agency safeguarding arrangements

Cheshire West and Chester Safeguarding Children Partnership Framework

Arrangements for safeguarding children in England have changed. The Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has been replaced by the Safeguarding Children Partnership. These new arrangements came into effect on 24th June 2019.

The Children and Social Work Act (2017) set out the provisions which replaces Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) with new safeguarding arrangements. The Act places new duties on ‘three Safeguarding Partners’, namely the Local Authority, Police and Clinical Commissioning Groups to work together, and with other partners locally (known as Relevant Agencies), to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in our area.

Our Safeguarding Children Partnership (SCP) continues to be independently chaired. The ‘key safeguarding partners’ in Cheshire West and Chester are: the Local Authority (through Children and Families); Clinical Commissioning Groups (West Cheshire and Vale Royal CCGs) and Cheshire Police. They now collectively hold statutory responsibilities for safeguarding.

Working Together 2018 sets out the requirements for the new safeguarding arrangements, and has underpinned the establishment of our local arrangements in Cheshire West and Chester. Our new framework outlines how agencies and organisations will work together to safeguard children.

To find out more please download our new framework Cheshire West and Chester Safeguarding Children Partnership Arrangements (PDF, 1MB)