The Wiltshire context
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 requires that as local safeguarding partners we set out arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of local children including identifying and responding to their needs.
A safeguarding partner in relation to our local authority area is defined under the Children Act 2004 (as amended by the Children and Social Work Act, 2017) as:
(a) Wiltshire Council
(b) NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group
(c) Wiltshire Police
Wiltshire partners have responded positively and creatively to the opportunities presented by Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and the need to construct a new safeguarding plan for the county.
Partnerships are strong in Wiltshire. They have formed the basis of the ‘way we do things around here’ for some considerable time. Meeting the needs of the most vulnerable and the most at risk has been at the heart of that work from the very outset. The key partnerships in the county working to meet the needs of vulnerable children and families are:
- The Family and Children’s Transformation (FACT) Programme and associated workstreams
- The Education Transformation Board
- The emerging Adult Transformation programme
- The Community Safety Partnership and associated work streams
- The work of the Safeguarding Adults Board
A key element of our partnership work is increasingly a bias towards innovation and integration. The FACT programme is the key partnership which is radically redesigning services to vulnerable children and their families. Key value propositions for the programme are:
- No bouncing around the system
- Seeing things through
- Warm handovers
- Services are person centred and see the whole person
- Keep it simple
Wiltshire safeguarding arrangements
‘Safeguarding’ relates to both the work needed to develop and deliver services designed to keep our population safe by reducing the levels of risks individuals face and it relates to the range of activities that offer to the safeguarding system.
Our Safeguarding Plan sets out the core elements of our approach and how we develop and challenge practice across the partnership with multi-agency partners holding each other to account.
At the heart of our work is one simple proposition:
Children, young people and adults live in families and local communities; these can be sources of support and safety or of danger and risk. Our approach to safeguarding and protecting our community is focused around where people live and with whom – it’s an approach which has ‘Think Family, Think Community’ at its heart.
Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership
In order to deliver this approach successfully, the plan will necessarily need to cover and address work which sits across children and adult services and community safety.
Our safeguarding plan therefore is designed to work in the spaces ‘between’ those key partnerships described above and, in so doing, ensure that the safeguarding needs of children, young people and adults are both addressed in context and align one with the other.
At the heart of the Wiltshire Plan is the construction of the Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership (SVPP).
It has been named as the SVPP to reflect the broader contextual nature of the approach to safeguarding we intend to adopt, and to recognise the aspirations to broaden its scope in future years.
To reflect the statutory responsibilities in Working Together 2018 to ensure the safeguarding of children in Wiltshire, the safeguarding partners have worked together to address safeguarding in the context of family and community.