The role of the Hillingdon Safeguarding Children Partnership
Children and young people can only be properly safeguarded if everyone involved with them works effectively together. It is therefore everyone’s responsibility to safeguard a child or young person and promote his/her welfare. One of the key components of safeguarding children is the capacity to share information between agencies and between professionals. The Hillingdon Safeguarding Children Partnership has adopted the Government guidelines on sharing information, which should ensure that key information is properly shared to protect children and enable professionals to carry out their role having full access to relevant information
The Partnership’s Function
The function of the Partnership is to:
- Work cooperatively as a group to safeguard the child population of the local authority.
- Formulate strategic plans on safeguarding, and ensure that they are known and implemented.
- Provide direction and leadership to the sub-groups in generating the business plan.
- Monitor the effectiveness of these plans by ensuring that the members know their roles and responsibilities in order to execute their duties, but also to work collaboratively in order to safeguard children.
- Develop policies and procedures on safeguarding, protection, promotion and prevention of harm to children, to include policies and procedures in relation to:
- The action to be taken where there are concerns about a child’s safety or welfare, including the thresholds for intervention;
- Training of persons working with children or in services affecting the safety and welfare of children;
- Recruitment and supervision of persons who work with children;
- Safety and welfare of children who are privately fostered; and
- Cooperation with neighbouring children’s services authorities and their board partners
- Participate in the planning of services for children in the area of the local authority.
- Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by the authority and their board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and on ways to improve.
- Communicate the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children across the relevant agencies, raising their awareness of how this can best be done and encouraging them to do so.
- Undertake reviews of serious cases and advise the authority and their board partners on lessons to be learnt.
- Investigate each unexpected child death (subject to further guidance).
- Identify and provide multi-agency training which meet the needs of the various agencies.