Under section 16E of the Children Act 2004 (as amended by the Children and Social Work Act 2017) the duty to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in the local area rests with the three safeguarding partners who are defined as the Local Authority, the Clinical Commissioning Group and a Chief Officer of Police, each having ‘joint and equal responsibility for local safeguarding arrangements’.
The safeguarding partners should work together with relevant agencies in exercising their functions for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area. Detailed guidance is contained within Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.
In March 2020, the Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership (with leadership of an Independent Chair) became the strategic group bringing together the senior representatives from each of the statutory organisations required by legislation to fulfil the roles of the Safeguarding Adult Board, the Safeguarding Children’s Partnership and the Community Safety Partnership for Shropshire.
The Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership are committed to increasing the safety and resilience of people in Shropshire (including children and adults with care and support needs) and their communities; in order to reduce harm caused by abuse, neglect or other crime.
The Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership (SSCP) members are:
- National Probation Service (West Mercia Cluster)
- Shropshire Council.
- Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
- West Mercia Police
Our Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership Constitution (under the Related Documents section on this page) explains in more detail who we are, what we do and how we work.
The Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership works with a number of other agencies to fulfil it’s functions. These agencies are members of the Shropshire Safeguarding Children Network (please refer to the Shropshire Safeguarding Children Network Terms of Reference in the Related Documents section on this page for more information).
The SSCP is also required to publish a Strategic Plan of what we are going to do for the next 3 years and an Annual Report outlining what is has done in the previous financial year. You can also access the most recent ones from this page.
The Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership is supported by a dedicated Business Unit. For general enquiries, please contact:
Telephone: 01743 254259
Please note: We do not deal with immediate child safeguarding concerns or operational day to day management of safeguarding. If you have a safeguarding concern please click on the ‘Report a concern’ button in the main menu and/or speak to individual organisations.