What is the SVPP? 

The Government published new guidance in 2018 that set out how local areas should work to replace Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) with new partnership arrangements.

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.

‘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.

In response we published a Safeguarding Plan which sets out the core elements of our new approach and how we develop and challenge practice across the partnership with multi-agency partners holding each other to account.

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.

You can read the plans here.

What’s new?

Following the recommendations made in Working Together 2018, Wiltshire introduced new safeguarding arrangements to enable us to work better as a partnership to protect the most vulnerable in our community. The Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership (SVPP) brings together the work of the Safeguarding Adults Board, the work of the Community Safety Partnership and partnership activity in relation to safeguarding children. The diagram below illustrates the structure of the SVPP and how these areas work together.

The SVPP Executive functions as the Safeguarding Adults Board and provides scrutiny of safeguarding relating to children and adults. The CSP Executive focuses on scrutiny and assurance in regards to tackling crime, its root causes and its impact on our communities. The Chair of the CSP Executive is a member of the SVPP Executive to ensure that there is join-up between the safeguarding and community safety agendas.

The SVPP Executive’s subgroups provide scrutiny and assurance in relation to the safeguarding of children or adults, including statutory and non-statutory case. The CSP’s subgroups co-ordinate partnership activity in relation to their specific area of business. Membership of the subgroups consists of agencies who have a role in driving forwards the agenda of the group. Steering Groups provide some additional focus to specific areas of work related to subgroup business.

The SVPP has one Business Support Unit to support and facilitate these arrangements. This includes the co-ordination of business across the SVPP, ensuring that learning and actions from case reviews are fed into and owned by the relevant parts of the partnership, and that there is oversight of all areas of business across the SVPP structure to enable collaboration and reduce duplication. The Partnership Leads for the different areas of the SVPP are:

  • Children’s Partnership and Quality Assurance Lead – Julie Upson
  • Partnership Lead for Safeguarding Adults – Catherine Clark
  • Partnership Lead for the Community Safety Partnership – Helen Donadel

For more information, please contact svpp@wiltshire.gov.uk

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