The Children and Social Work Act 2017 replaced Local Safeguarding Children Boards with new arrangements that place a shared and equal duty on the local authority, the police and the Clinical Commissioning Group to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Beginning in June 2019, new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements were implemented in Greenwich.
We are justifiably proud of the achievements of the Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board. It has aimed to ensure that member agencies work together to keep children and young people safe, hold one another to account and ensure that safeguarding remains a priority. It helped to develop a culture where values and priorities are shared and where cooperative and collaborative working is the norm. This was validated by external inspection when it was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2016.
We are committed to building on what has already been achieved. In developing the new arrangements which were published on 29 March 2019, we have sought to ensure that all activity is tested against the likelihood that it will promote and improve the quality of practice. We will continue to offer the same high quality audits, training, briefings and toolkits that are valued by agencies and practitioners. We hope to make some changes and improvements to the website, and you will begin to see these later in the year. We believe that this evolutionary and incremental change will deliver improvements and lay the groundwork for further improvements without destabilising effective arrangements and our past success.