The Children and Social Work Act 2017 created new duties for the police, health and the local authority to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in their area. Since October 2019 this arrangement is called the ‘East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership’ (ESSCP). More details are set out in the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership Published Arrangements – updated Aug 2023
The ESSCP will act as a forum for safeguarding partners to:
- agree on ways to coordinate safeguarding services in East Sussex;
- act as a strategic leadership group in supporting and engaging other agencies across East Sussex; and
- implement local, regional and national learning, including serious child safeguarding incidents.
The three local safeguarding partners are: East Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, and the Sussex Integrated Care Board (NHS Sussex).
The purpose of ESSCP will be to support and enable all professionals, working with children and families in East Sussex, to work together in a system where:
- Children are safeguarded and their welfare promoted
- Partner organisations and agencies collaborate, share and co-own a vision for safeguarding children
- There is early identification and analysis of new safeguarding issues
- 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 accurate and timely decision making for children and families.