Partnership working in the context of COVID-19

We appreciate that all our partner agencies will be focussed on responding to the current service challenges. Our role in supporting them is to help maintain partnership networks where most relevant in order to support the work taking place to keep children and young people safe in these unprecedented times.

Please follow government advice and keep safe and well

Here is a link from NHS England, featuring advice and all you need to know about COVID-19.

Working together to keep children safe in Wiltshire

New Government guidance in 2018 set out that local areas should replace Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) with new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements. As part of the Department of Education’s Early Adopter’s Programme Wiltshire was one of the first areas in the country to announce how it would respond locally to the new requirements, in February 2019.

Wiltshire has a new Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership (SVPP) which brings together those who lead Wiltshire’s services to safeguard children, young people and adults. The new arrangements are based on the fact that children, young people and adults live in families and local communities that can be both sources of support and safety or of danger and risk and aims to bring more closely together the work of the Safeguarding Adult Board (WSAB), the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) and work to ensure the effectiveness of the systems to support and protect children and young people. The SVPP will also prioritise continuing to involve and engage effectively with schools, hospitals, the voluntary sector and wider partners to have an impact on the lives of children.

Read Wiltshire’s Safeguarding Plan here.

Read SVPP’s Second Annual Report here.

Read the Wood review on the implementation of new multi-agency arrangements to safeguard children published in May 2021 here.