The Children and Social Work Act (2017) requires two significant changes in local arrangements for safeguarding children.
The first is to move the responsibility for ensuring that reviews are carried out when a child dies from the Local Safeguarding Children Boards to the Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Group (called the Child Death Review Partners).
The second is to require the three statutory safeguarding partners - local authorities, chief officers of police, and clinical commissioning groups to make arrangements to work together with relevant agencies to safeguard and protect the welfare of children in the area.
In Derby City and Derbyshire we have taken the opportunity to review our current structures and to implement changes to support more effective arrangements in the future.
Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council and the Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group have reviewed and updated their responsibilities to put in place arrangements to review the death of a child and these are called the child death overview panel arrangements.
The multi-agency safeguarding arrangements for city and county will now be governed by one joint partnership, called the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership who will support and challenge partners across both areas to work effectively together.
The statutory members of the new partnership are:
- Derby City Council
- Derbyshire County Council
- Derbyshire Constabulary
- Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group
- Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group
Implementation plans are in place to support the delivery of both these changes and are required to be published by the deadline of end of June 2019.
The Derby and Derbyshire Child Death Overview Panel Implementation Plan and the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Implementation Plan are attached to this page. These explain the changes and new arrangements which will be implemented by 29 September 2019.
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact:
Multi-agency safeguarding arrangements implementation
Derby City Safeguarding Children Board - Tel: 01332 642351.
Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board - Tel: 01629 535716.
Child death overview panel implementation
Juanita Murray Chair of Child Death Overview Panel (Derby and Derbyshire) / designated nurse for safeguarding children.
Tel: 01246 514073