Barking & Dagenham, Havering & Redbridge (BHR) Safeguarding Partnership


The Barking, Havering and Redbridge (BHR) Safeguarding Partnership is a strategic body representing the key statutory partners for local safeguarding, identified in the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together 2018.

The multi-agency safeguarding arrangements were published in June 2019 and set out the vision, principles, and tiers of activity for the geographical areas of Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.  The first tier of activity remains the local Safeguarding Children Partnerships (SCPs) in each of the three Boroughs and in Redbridge, this is the RSCP of which this is the website.

The second tier is the BHR Partnership which consists of representatives from the three Boroughs, at Director of Children’s Service level, the Director of Nursing for the BHR Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Detective Superintendent for Safeguarding from the  East Area Basic Command Unit (EA-BCU) of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Details of the responsibilities of the BHR Safeguarding Partnership and those devolved to the Local Safeguarding Partnerships in each Borough are detailed on the table below:

This will be reviewed by the Partnership in September 2021.

Terms of Reference (ToR)

The Partnership, which consists of senior leaders from each of the three Boroughs, plus the MPS and CCG, meets approximately every six weeks.  The Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Partnership can be accessed below:


Meeting Notes

Meetings of the BHR Safeguarding Partnership commenced in November 2019.  The notes of each meeting are published once agreed.

The Partnership last met on 22 October2021, the notes of which will be published after the next meeting which is due to take place on 14 January 2022.