Working together to keep children safe in Wiltshire

Joint targeted area inspection of the multi-agency response to abuse and neglect in Wiltshire

Between 31 October and 4 November 2016, Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HMI Constabulary and HMI Probation carried out a joint inspection in Wiltshire, focussing on the response to children living with domestic abuse.

The Letter, published 16th December 2016, outlines the findings about the effectiveness of partnership working and of the work of individual agencies in Wiltshire, including the response to children living with domestic abuse. The Inspectors’ letter acknowledges the “relentless commitment to improvement” across the partnership and praises the good range of services available for families experiencing domestic abuse.  Key agencies are identified as having a “strong and committed” partnership, dedicated to improving outcomes for vulnerable children.

Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) was identified as promoting, co-ordinating and prioritising the work of statutory partners effectively in relation to domestic abuse.

Mark Gurrey, Independent Chair, said: “The WSCB exists to oversee and scrutinise all safeguarding work with children in the county. As chair of the Board, I am really pleased that the inspectors have found such positive and effective work and evidenced good partnership activity. That said, domestic abuse is so widespread and has such powerful effects on children that we can never relax nor be complacent and I know partner agencies will continue to strive to continually improve their provision in this crucial area.”

The full letter can be found on the Government website here.


Welcome to Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB). We have responsibility for coordinating and scrutinising the effectiveness of services being delivered to children and young people across Wiltshire, as set out in Working Together 2015.

Although much work has been done to help children and young people be safe from harm and abuse, there is still more to do to ensure that all children and young people continue to be safe from harm or neglect and are able to reach their full potential.

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About WSCB

WSCB is made up of professionals who work in services for children and families including health, education, police, fire and the voluntary sector. Members meet regularly with the aim of providing effective community and professional leadership and influence in relation to safeguarding across all partner agencies. Find out more about WSCB.

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