To achieve the best possible outcomes, children and families should receive targeted services that meet their needs in a coordinated way. The responsibility for this join-up locally rests with the three safeguarding partners who have a shared and equal duty to make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in a local area.
Key Roles and Relationships
The Safeguarding Partners
The safeguarding partners agree on ways to co-ordinate safeguarding services; act as a strategic leadership group in supporting and engaging others; and implement local and national learning. All safeguarding partners retain an equal and joint responsibility for local safeguarding arrangements. In situations that require a single point of leadership, safeguarding partners will decide on which partner will take the lead on relevant issues that arise. The safeguarding partners in the City of London and the London Borough of Hackney are:
The City of London Corporation
The City & Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
The City of London Police
Safeguarding partners are obliged to set out which agencies are required to work as part of the CHSCP’s arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of local children. These agencies are referred to as relevant agencies and have a statutory duty to cooperate with the CHSCP’s published arrangements.
A defined number of relevant agencies will meet regularly with safeguarding partners as the CHSCP Executive. Others will be invited when deemed necessary and/or be included in various CHSCP sub groups / thematic groups. Wider engagement events will also be facilitated through the City & Hackney Safeguarding Partnership which includes a much broader range of agencies, professionals and volunteers involved in safeguarding children and young people.
A schedule of relevant agencies as defined in part 4 of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review and Relevant Agency (England) Regulations 2018 is set out in the published arrangements. Safeguarding partners can also include any local or national organisation or agency in their arrangements regardless of whether they are named in the above regulations. The list of relevant agencies will be reviewed by the safeguarding partners as and when required and at least annually
The Independent Child Safeguarding Commissioner
The Independent Child Safeguarding Commissioner (‘the Commissioner’) of the CHSCP is supported by a Senior Professional Advisor and a dedicated team. The Commissioner is appointed by safeguarding partners and given authority to coordinate the independent scrutiny of the local child safeguarding arrangements.
The Commissioner is fundamentally independent to local agencies and provides independent leadership (through engagement, commentary and lobbying) in respect of local matters relevant to the safeguarding of children and young people. The Commissioner role involves holding both safeguarding partners and relevant agencies to account for their effectiveness in safeguarding children and young people.
The Commissioner chairs the CHSCP Strategic Leadership Team to ensure fundamental independence is built into the oversight of statutory safeguarding partners. The Commissioner also chairs the CHSCP Executive to both facilitate meetings and hold relevant agencies to account in the context of their effectiveness and their performance against defined priorities set by safeguarding partners.
Through chairing the Case Review Group, the Commissioner ensures fundamental independent decision making in respect of the commissioning and progress of reviews. Safeguarding partners delegate this decision-making function to the Commissioner and ratify any decisions made.
Lead Members for Children's Services
Lead Members will continue to participate in the CHSCP, engaging alongside safeguarding partners and relevant agencies as ‘participant observers’ (non-voting) in the CHSCP Executive.
Two lay members will participate in the CHSCP Executive, one representing the City of London and one representing the London Borough of Hackney. Lay members make links between the CHSCP and community groups, support stronger public engagement in local child safety issues and develop an improved public understanding of the local safeguarding arrangements. The role and responsibilities of Lay Members will be subject to review in the 12 months following implementation of the safeguarding arrangements.
Relationship with other Boards
Ongoing engagement with the City & Hackney Safeguarding Adults Board, the Hackney Health and Wellbeing Board, the City of London Health and Wellbeing Board, Hackney Community Safety Partnership and the Safer City Partnership, ensures that children and young people are kept firmly on the agenda in terms of multi-agency work involving vulnerable adults, health and wellbeing and the local responses to crime.