Effective safeguarding is achieved by putting children at the centre of the system and by every individual and agency playing their full part. 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 protect them.
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 places new duties on the police, clinical commissioning groups and the local authority to make arrangements to work together and with other partners locally to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in their area.
The Greenwich Safeguarding Children Partnership has published its arrangements which are available on the GSCP and Greenwich CCG websites. At the heart of those arrangements are our shared values; the beliefs and aspirations that drive our behaviours.
This Memorandum of Understanding between the three statutory partners is written to provide clarity on how the partnership will work in practice. Specifically, it covers:
- The safeguarding partners
- Roles and statutory responsibilities
- Operational activity and risk management
- Relationship with other boards and partnerships
The GSCP Memorandum of Understanding is currently being update (July 2023).