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New multi-agency safeguarding arrangements

Commenting on new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements in local areas Jenny Coles, ADCS Vice President, said:

“We understand all local arrangements have been published and partners are on track to implement them by, if not ahead of, the 29 September deadline. The transition from safeguarding boards to multiagency arrangements offered the opportunity to take stock and build on what works well whilst taking the chance to do things differently where that feels right. Arrangements will vary from place to place and there are some great examples around involvement of young people, stronger engagement of schools, different forms of independent scrutiny and new approaches to implementing learning. Our hope is that all arrangements result in improved safeguards and, crucially, outcomes for children in every area. One of the most interesting aspects of the 2017 reforms is the addition of the national panel. Serious case reviews have been making recommendations of government for some time, this new board offers a vehicle to collate these actions and take them forward. The panel’s focus on a theme rather than an individual case is helpful and we look forward to the publication of its first report and the learning it will identify.”


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