Solihull Local Safeguarding Children Partnership, (LSCP), is a representative group of agencies in Solihull involved in safeguarding children and child protection.
The LSCP works to ensure that Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, West Midlands Police, and Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, and their partners (such as schools and voluntary organisations) are working effectively to safeguard and the promote the welfare of children.
Solihull LSCP has two key priorities for 2020/2021:
- To support the implementation of the All-Age Exploitation Strategy across the Partnership
- To support the improvement of outcomes for children and young people who experience neglect
Significant changes to local multi-agency children’s safeguarding arrangements were established through the Children and Social Work Act 2017. The Act creates new duties for the local authority, clinical commissioning groups and police to make arrangements locally to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in their area.
- Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, and West Midlands Police have been working with our other local partners to develop our new arrangements for working together to safeguard children in Solihull. We have now published our new arrangements, and adoped them as our new way of working on Wednesday 1st May 2019.
- Under these new arrangements we are known as the Solihull Local Safeguarding Children Partnership. Full details are available here.
- These safeguarding arrangements have been designed to allow partner agencies and practitioners to react to local safeguarding needs in a more flexible and dynamic way. Learning and improvement has been placed at the centre of the arrangements, with a focus on understanding the impact of our work on the outcomes for local children and young people.
- We also recognise the importance of understanding how our new arrangements relate to the work of other local partnerships and wider governance framework. This is set out within the published document, together with our arrangements for independent scrutiny of our work, which we very much welcome.
- We believe these arrangements demonstrate our commitment to keeping children and young people safe in Solihull, and to working with our partners to continuously improve our effectiveness in achieving this. We look forward to building on the strong partnership commitment and support we enjoyed as a Local Safeguarding Children Board as we embark on this new way of working.