Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership
Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership that replaces the Local Safeguarding Children Board launched on the 1st April 2019.
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 defines three ‘Safeguarding Partners’ to oversee and lead the arrangement to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. In Birmingham, the Local Authority, Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and West Midlands Police will share equal responsibility for developing and leading the new partnership arrangements.
The new partnership builds on the strong foundation and substantial improvements made by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, to have a common purpose and agreed behavioural values to reinforce shared priorities set out in our Business Improvement Plan 2019/21.
We recognise that to be strong and effective, the Partnership must engage the right people. We have worked collaboratively with a wide range of partners across the city to identify the organisations and agencies which need to be involved to safeguard and promote the welfare of Birmingham’s children.
We view ‘partnership’ as a verb and agencies will be expected to work together to share and co-own the vision of how to achieve improved outcomes for vulnerable children and young people in Birmingham. Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership will promote appropriate support and challenge between partners, ensuring that leaders and staff within every organisation are held to account. We will also create the conditions to develop a transparent learning culture, driving best collaborative practice for good and outstanding outcomes for children and young people.
All our work will be underpinned by a consideration of the views and experiences of Birmingham’s children and young people. We acknowledge that the new arrangements will only be effective if they make a difference to the wellbeing of Birmingham’s children and young people and ask for help from professional partners and citizens of Birmingham in making this a reality.
Worried about a child?
Outside of normal office hours please call 0121 675 4806 for the Emergency Duty Team
For more information about making a referral and to access the Request for Support form - click here
‘Right Help, Right Time’ – Delivering Effective Support for Children and Families in Birmingham (Version 4 - February 2020).
Today the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership have published the refreshed threshold guidance ‘Right Help, Right Time’ – Delivering Effective Support for Children and Families in Birmingham (Version 4 - February 2020). To download your copy of the guidance please click here.
FGM Zero Tolerance Day
FGM Zero Tolerance Day was held on the 06.02.2020 – An updated FGM resource pack available for Local Authorities, Professional Services and Specialist, Voluntary organisations is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/female-genital-mutilation-resource-pack
Joint targeted Area Inspections (JTAI)
On 4th February 2020, Ofsted, CQC, HMICFS, and HMI published their findings on the Joint targeted Area Inspections (JTAI) of ‘the multi-agency response to child sexual abuse in the family environment‘ that took place between September 2018 and May 2019. The report calls on professionals to give sexual abuse a higher priority in local areas, through improved training and awareness-raising of the problem. To access a copy of the report and read the full findings click here.
BSCP Campaign - ‘Keeping Children Safe is Everybody’s Business’
The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership have launched a public awareness campaign ‘Keeping Children Safe is Everybody’s Business’ in response to key learning that has emerged from a number of Serious Case Reviews. The aim is to raise community awareness of what to do if you are worried about a child and most importantly to encourage members of the public to call Birmingham Childrens Trust Children’s Advice & Support Service to report their concerns, so action can be taken to safeguard and protect the child. To find out more information about the campaign click here.