Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements
In line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together 2018, the local arrangements for safeguarding children and young people have been reviewed. Below is a copy of the publication which provides the plan for the new way of working.
For more information on the BHR Safeguarding Partnership, please see the dedicated page. Each Borough has its own local Safeguarding Children Partnership (SCP) – below is information about the Redbridge SCP.
What is Redbridge Safeguarding Children Partnership (RSCP)?
All organisations and professionals have a duty to keep children safe. If you have concerns about a child’s welfare or suspect that a child is being neglected or abused, please contact Redbridge Council. The Redbridge Safeguarding Children Partnership is a statutory body established by the key statutory partners – the local authority, health commission and police – under the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together 2018. It will provide a local context for multi-agency safeguarding and sit under the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Safeguarding Partnership.
What do we do?
We are responsible for ensuring that all agencies who work with children and young people in Redbridge work together to promote the welfare and safety of children in the local area. We co-ordinate the work of local agencies and ensure that this work is carried out in an effective way.
How do we do this?
We work in partnership with local agencies to:
- produce policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in Redbridge
- plan services for children in the local area
- raise awareness of safeguarding issues in the community
- monitor the effectiveness of the work that is done by local agencies
- undertake Serious Case Reviews when a child dies or is seriously injured through abuse or neglect
- collect and analyse data about all child deaths in Redbridge
The RSCP endorses and works within the London Child Protection Procedures.
What should you do if you have concerns about a child’s welfare?
If you have concerns about a child’s welfare or suspect that a child is being neglected or abused, please telephone Redbridge Council on:
- 020 8708 3885 from 9.00am to 5.00pm
- 020 8708 5897 (after 5.00pm and weekends)
Your concerns will be properly considered and acted upon by a senior officer.
For immediate help ring the police on 999.
Please follow us on Twitter @RedbridgeSCP
Children and Social Work Act 2017
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 removed the legislative requirement for each local authority area to have a LSCB. The requirement is now for the three partners identified under statute i.e. Local Authority, Clinical Commissioning Group, and the Police, to form a safeguarding partnership. Discussions on the format of this arrangement within Redbridge are currently under discussion. Information on the new arrangements will be published by the end of June 2019 and implemented by the end of September 2019. For more information on the requirements, please Section 16 of the Act.