The Children Act 2004 section 10, requires each local authority to make arrangements to promote co-operation between the authority, each of the authority’s relevant partners and such other persons or bodies who exercise functions or are engaged in activities in relation to children in the local authority’s area as the authority considers appropriate.
Detailed guidance is contained within Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. 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 should also consult and work with other agencies known as ‘relevant partners’ to help and support children and families in need. Education partners also have a vital role to play in the multiagency arrangements.
The ‘Safeguarding Partners’ are defined by the Children Act 2004 (as amended by the Children and Social Work Act 2017) as the Local Authority, the CCG and a Chief Officer of Police, each having ‘joint and equal responsibility for local safeguarding arrangements’.
The Shropshire Safeguarding Partners are:
- Shropshire Council
- Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
- West Mercia Police
The Shropshire Safeguarding Partnership (SSP) gives strategic direction to, oversees and drives forwards the business of both adult and children safeguarding activity, supported by a dedicated business unit and an Independent Chair.
The SSP strategic plan for 2019-2022 includes core business and the following priority areas:
The SSP's most recent annual report is published in the related media section of this page.