Safeguarding Children:

About the Children’s Safeguarding Assurance Partnership

Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool and Lancashire Children's Safeguarding Assurance Partnership

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 replaced Local Safeguarding Children Boards with multi-agency safeguarding arrangements that are the joint responsibility of local authorities, the police and clinical commissioning groups. Partner agencies in Blackpool have decided to join with colleagues in Blackburn with Darwen and Lancashire in our new arrangements which are detailed here.

Safeguarding Children Partnership Arrangements

Our multi-agency safeguarding arrangements in Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool and Lancashire are called the Children’s Safeguarding Assurance Partnership (CSAP) and came into being on the 29th September 2019. Over the first six months of the CSAP the governance structures will be established and priorities for 2020/21 agreed.

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) provides the framework under which the CSAP will operate. This defines the safeguarding partners as being:

  • The local authority
  • A clinical commissioning group for an area any part of which falls within the local authority area
  • The chief officer of police for an area any part of which fall within the local authority area.

The safeguarding partners are expected to agree on ways that they will co-ordinate their safeguarding services, act as a strategic leadership group in supporting and engaging others, and implement local and national learning.

The purpose of the local arrangements is to support and enable local organisations to work together in a system where:

  • children are safeguarded and their welfare promoted
  • partner organisations and agencies collaborate, share and co-own the vision for how to achieve improved outcomes for vulnerable children
  • organisations and agencies challenge appropriately and hold one another to account effectively
  • there is early identification and analysis of new safeguarding issues and emerging threats
  • learning is promoted and embedded in a way that local services for children and families can become more reflective and implement changes to practice
  • information is shared effectively to facilitate more accurate and timely decision making for children and families

The safeguarding partners are expected to provide for independent scrutiny of their arrangements to assess how effectively they are working for children and families as well as for practitioners and how well the safeguarding partners are providing strong leadership. The CSAP has appointed Stephen Ashley as Independent Scrutineer for their arrangements. In addition to providing formal independent scrutiny of the CSAP annual report, Steve will act as chair to the Strategic Partnership Board and local Tactical Groups, in order to ensure that the work of the groups is joined up and to provide ongoing challenge and scrutiny to the CSAP. Steve was formerly the Independent Chair of Blackpool Safeguarding Children Board.

Working Together requires safeguarding partnerships to publish an annual report that sets out what they have done as a result of their arrangements, including an assessment of their effectiveness and any changes to the published arrangements. The first CSAP annual report covers the year to 30th September 2020 and is available here.