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Gloucestershire Child Safeguarding Arrangements: Working Together (2018)

Meeting: 19/06/2019 - Cabinet (Item 14)

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To seek endorsement for the child safeguarding arrangements set out in the Working Together: Gloucestershire Multi-Agency Arrangements prior to full implementation of the arrangements in July 2019.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cllr Richard Boyles, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, sought endorsement for the child safeguarding arrangements set out in the Working Together: Gloucestershire Multi-agency Arrangements to Safeguard Children prior – April 2019 prior to full implementation of the arrangements in July 2019.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals, alternative options and reasons for recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and,

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

a)    Endorse the safeguarding children arrangements set out in the Working Together: Gloucestershire’s Multi-Agency Arrangements to Safeguard Children - April 2019 (please refer to Appendix1); and,

 

b)    Delegate authority to the Director of Children’s Services to make any final changes, in consultation with the statutory safeguarding partners, prior to full implementation of the new arrangements in July 2019.

 

 

 

Minutes:

Cllr Richard Boyles, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, sought Cabinet endorsement for the child safeguarding arrangements set out in the Working Together: Gloucestershire Multi-agency Arrangements to Safeguard Children prior to full implementation of the arrangements in July 2019.

 

Cllr Boyles confirmed that there would be no extra financial implications relating to this report.  All costs would be met within existing budgets. He confirmed that the proposals outlined the changes required under the Working Together requirements of 2018

Outlining a brief history of the background to the proposals, Cllr Boyles advised that, after a number of disappointing inspections, the requirement for a local safeguarding children’s board had been replaced in 2017 by the requirement for the council to work with key local partners, including the Police Authority and Health.

Members were advised that proposed new arrangements would see the formation of a new body called the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Executive, which proposed to take responsibility from the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children’s Board by 15 July 2019.

The board to consist of 4 areas, including: -


a) Child safeguarding executive group

b) A children’s safeguarding delivery board

c) Independent scrutiny

d) A range of safeguarding subgroups 

Task and finish groups would be used for any emerging challenges 

The new arrangements to ensure equal responsibility between GCC health and the police in overseeing children’s safeguarding, and providing leadership to local partners, whilst at the same time, linking directly with the Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Board and Safer Gloucestershire to better protect children.

Final publication of the new arrangements would need to be made by 29 June 2019.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals, alternative options and reasons for recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and,

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

a)    Endorse the safeguarding children arrangements set out in the Working Together: Gloucestershire’s Multi-Agency Arrangements to Safeguard Children - April 2019 (please refer to Appendix1); and,

 

b)    Delegate authority to the Director of Children’s Services to make any final changes, in consultation with the statutory safeguarding partners, prior to full implementation of the new arrangements in July 2019.