Our Safeguarding Children Partnership Arrangements - introduction
All children in Lewisham regardless of their background and circumstances, should have a happy and fulfilled childhood where they enjoy school and family life, learn, belong, grow and achieve so that they enter adulthood ready, willing and able to achieve their highest potential.
We believe that everyone and every agency who comes into contact with children has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action to safeguard them.
Safeguarding is everybody’s business.
For many years, the Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board has aimed to ensure that member agencies work together to keep children and young people safe, hold one another to account and ensure that safeguarding remains a priority.
During that time, it has successfully delivered against a substantial work programme to ensure the continuous improvement of the safeguarding of Lewisham’s children. This has been achieved through a culture where values and priorities are shared and understood and where cooperative and collaborative working is the norm. The LSCB has worked alongside the Lewisham Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership to deliver the borough’s Children and Young People’s Plan, where safety is a central theme.
In response to the Children and Social Work Act 2017, a new partnership has been created between the London Borough of Lewisham, the Southeast Basic Command Unit of the Metropolitan Police and Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group. Together we have a shared and equal duty to make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in Lewisham. Effective 29 June 2019, the Lewisham Safeguarding Children Partnership will replace the Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board.
Our work is underpinned by shared values and a determination and commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people.
We are committed to building upon what has already been achieved. In designing the new arrangements, we have been acutely conscious that a partnership is only effective if all partners actively engage and buy into the shared vision. In these times of austerity and pressures on services, it is vital that the arrangements make the best possible use of everyone’s time and that all activities demonstrably improve the quality and impact of practice so that that outcomes for children improve.
Working together with relevant agencies we want to ensure a system where children are safeguarded and their welfare promoted. As it says in the Lewisham Children and Young People’s Plan 2019-21:
“It is everyone’s business to ensure we support out children to cope with the complexity of life and emerge from challenging experiences with a positive sense of themselves and their future.”
Jim Foley, Detective Superintendent Southeast Borough Command Unit, Metropolitan Police
Sara Williams, Executive Director for Children and Young People, London Borough of Lewisham
Martin Wilkinson, Managing Director NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group