The Hillingdon Safeguarding Partnership brings together the Safeguarding Adults Board and the Safeguarding Children Partnership Board. Both Boards include the Metropolitan Police Service, the London Borough of Hillingdon and the NHS North West London Integrated Care Board. The Safeguarding Children’s Partnership Board works to promote the welfare of children and to improve the safeguarding support they receive.
For every child and young person to be and feel safe, enjoy good physical, emotional and mental health, have pride in their unique identities, feel that they belong and have opportunities to thrive. This involves listening to the experiences, views and aspirations of children, young people and families and ensuring that these are embedded into the Safeguarding Children Partnership’s priorities and influence service provision.
The Safeguarding Partnership is committed to ensuring that all our activities are underpinned by equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity, eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and promoting good relations.
The Safeguarding Partnership must publish an annual report on behalf of the Safeguarding Adults Board and the Safeguarding Children Partnership Board to explain what has been done each year to review and improve safeguarding practice. The Children and Social Care Act, 2017 and Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2018 introduced statutory duties to ensure that organisations work together to keep children safe and achieve their full potential. The Partnershop also has a duty to carry out Local Safeguarding Children Practice Reviews in certain situations.
The Safeguarding Partnership sets priorities for each year based on local and national data including learning from practice, and the views of children and young people with lived experience of safeguarding support. These priorities then guide our work and the training we offer.
We arrange multiagency subgroups to drive forward work in priority areas. The subgroups include members with relevant expertise and influence to bring about continual development of safeguarding practice across the partnership. The groups report to the Safeguarding Children Partnership Board on a quarterly basis.
To effectively quality assure safeguarding practice, the Safeguarding Partnership undertakes a variety of activities to support a dynamic continual evaluation of practice, and coordinates learning from practice across the network and seeks assurance as to how learning is being embedded across the safeguarding partners. The findings of quality assurance work are presented to the Safeguarding Adults Board and the Safeguarding Children Partnership Board.
Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 places duties on a range of organisations and individuals to ensure their functions, and those of any services that they contract out to others or license, are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The application of this duty will vary according to the nature of each agency and its functions. The Safeguarding Partnership undertakes reviews of compliance across relevant partnership organisations every two years.