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Safeguarding Early Adopters: Overview of multi-agency safeguarding learning themes

Background to the multi-agency safeguarding reforms

Following the Wood Review (2017) into the role and functions of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs), the Government has introduced legislation through the Children and Social Work Act 2017 to reshape the way in which local agencies work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This sees LSCBs ceasing to be the mechanism for multi-agency safeguarding, and instead sets out ‘safeguarding partner’ arrangements, which will comprise three key agencies (local authorities, health and police). In addition, the Act established a new national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel and sets out the transfer of responsibility for child death reviews from LSCBs to new Child Death Review Partners.

Safeguarding Early Adopters programme

The Department of Education (DfE), together with the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and the Home Office has funded 17 Early Adopters to develop, test and implement new arrangements for multi-agency safeguarding. The range of themes and approaches Early Adopters are developing and testing are set out in this document.

Role of NCB as programme facilitator

The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) is facilitating the Safeguarding Early Adopters programme on behalf of the DfE with DHSC and the Home Office. NCB will work with the 17 Early Adopter (EA) sites as they put in place new arrangements for multi-agency safeguarding. Through shared learning and peer support, NCB will facilitate the development of a ‘community of practice’ where Early Adopters are supported to share effective and sustainable solutions and ultimately support the national implementation of effective multi-agency safeguarding arrangements.