SSP Statement on COVID-19 Business continuity

Dear colleagues

I am writing to let you know of the arrangements for Safeguarding Partnership business in response to Covid-19.  In recognition that some of the strategic partnership work will need to be put aside to let frontline services focus on operational concerns, we will be taking the following actions:   

· Cancel all multi-agency safeguarding training until end of May 2020. Emails have been sent to staff booked on to courses that were scheduled for this period and the website carries information about our plans for resuming training once it is safe to do so. The cancellation also includes the Partnership Learning Event that was scheduled for the 23rd April

· Postpone the Partnership Board Meetings (Children and adults) on 4 May 2020

· Until end of May 2020 conduct partnership meetings either in ‘real time’ e.g. via group chat/ skype/teleconference or just via email. Arrangements for individual meetings will be relayed to members of the groups in separate emails.

· Pause the current multi-agency Unborn Baby Audit and the Mental Capacity Audit to reduce the burden on frontline practitioners enabling them to support operational priorities

· Continue to progress the current case reviews via email/phone conferencing and skype although we recognise that this will be dependent on key staff being available to input at key stages. Should we need to conduct any rapid reviews we will look to organisations to participate in a ‘virtual’ consideration of the case within the statutory timescales in the first instance.

· We will revise and re-prioritise the SSP work programme to ensure that where possible development work progresses .

Please note that we are able to support partners in sharing information about how services are adapting to the crisis through our circulation lists, website and twitter feed. If you would like to make use of that facility please do contact us.

We will be reviewing these arrangements at the end of April and will provide and update at that stage but do let me know if you have any questions at this stage.


Simon Ratcliff

Strategic Manager: Safeguarding Partnership


Worried about a Child?

If you think that a child is in immediate danger, please ring 999 and speak to the police.

​If you suspect that any child or young person is being abused or neglected, or you are otherwise concerned about their welfare or well-being, please get in touch with the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub​ immediately.

  • E-mail: Swindonmash@swindon.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 01793 466903 (during normal office hours which are 8.30am to 4.40pm Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am to 4.00pm Friday)
  • The Emergency Duty Service (EDS) is available outside office hours on 01793 436699

CLICK HERE FOR THE MASH REFERRAL FORM ​

Guidance and Advice:

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) – a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused​ – this advice is for anyone whose work brings them into contact with children and families but is also useful for members of the public who who have concerns for the welfare of a child.

Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (2018) ​- ​​ This advice is for practitioners and senior managers. It helps them decide when and how to share personal information legally and professionally. It might also be helpful for practitioners working with adults who are responsible for children who may be in need. ​

This guidance has been updated to reflect the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018, and it supersedes the HM Government Information sharing: guidance for practitioners and managers published in March 2015.

Further advice and guidance is available on the South West Child Protection Procedures website: http://www.proceduresonline.com/swcpp/swindon/index.html


New Safeguarding Arrangements for Swindon

 Swindon Safeguarding Partnership

The transition to the new Swindon Safeguarding Partnership came into effect on Sunday, 28 July 2019.  The Swindon Safeguarding Executive has been established to oversee the new Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements for children (formerly the LCSB) and adults at risk (LSAB) in response to the recent government guidance Working Together 2018.  The lead representatives on the Executive are David Haley, Corporate Director Children's Services (SBC), Sue Wald, Corporate Director Adult Services and Health SBC), Gill May, Director of Nursing and Transformation (CCG), and Mark Cooper, Assistant Chief Constable for Crime, Justice and Vulnerability (Wiltshire Police).

The safeguarding partners in Swindon are committed to a partnership model that focuses on continuous learning and improvement with a clear line of sight on frontline safeguarding practice. The partners will promote a shared commitment to work together to improve outcomes for children and adults at risk.

The Swindon Safeguarding Partnership will support, enable and challenge each other to work together to:

·  Provide effective and informed leadership to the local safeguarding system;

·  Deliver their shared responsibility for the safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk in the borough;

·  Promote positive working relationships with each other and children, adults and families;

·  Identify and act on learning, and

·  Provide assurance to the Swindon community

The Swindon Safeguarding Partnership believes that effective safeguarding is founded on practitioners developing lasting and trusting relationships with the children and adults they work with as well as each other. The Partnership will look beyond organisational constraints and boundaries to build a culture which improves outcomes for all. The partnership has agreed a behaviours framework that promotes and delivers: accountability, openness, trust, innovation, commitment, respectfulness, curiosity and collaboration.

Swindon Safeguarding Partnership - Multi-agency Arrangements