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Local Safeguarding Arrangements

Following a national review of Safeguarding arrangements in 2016 (the wood review), the Children and Social Work Act gave responsibility for the effective implementation of local safeguarding children arrangement to the Safeguarding Partners (Local Authority, Police and NHS Integrated Care Boards), which abolished the need for Partnership Boards and encouraged the flexibility and collaborative work approach recommended as an outcome of the review. In line with the ‘Working Together 2018’ guidance Surreys arrangements were changed in September 2019 and updated in 2021. This has lead to the Partnership which you see today.

With the publication of Working Together 2023 the Partnership is currently reviewing its arrangements and an updated version of these arrangements will be published by December 2024.

SSCP Arrangements 2021
Working Together 2023

The Chief Officers of the three statutory Safeguarding Partners approved the new arrangements in 2021 and are accountable for their operation. Their nominees for day-to-day leadership are:

  • Surrey County Council – Executive Director of Children, Families, Lifelong Learning and Culture
  • Surrey Police – Assistant Chief Constable
  • Surrey Heartlands ICS – Associate Director of Safeguarding Adults and Children