The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Partnership Board (Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group), are responsible for ensuring that children, young people and adults at risk of harm, neglect and exploitation across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough receive the help and protection that they need.
Safeguarding is ‘everybody’s business’ whether you are an organisation, frontline practitioner, or an individual member of our communities.
An Independent Scrutineer, Dr Russell Wate QPM, leads the partnership and ensures accountability and transparency in delivering these safeguarding arrangements.
As a partnership we will work to:
- Prevent abuse and neglect from happening
- Promote wellbeing and safety
- Effectively respond quickly to reports of abuse and neglect
- Hold our partners and other agencies to account for undertaking this duty and scrutinise safeguarding actions and outcomes
The safeguarding arrangements for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can be read here
The Legislation Underpinning the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Partnership Board
Children and Young People
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018), states that the three statutory safeguarding partners, as defined under the Children Act 2004 (as amended by the Children and Social Work Act, 2017) as the: Local Authority, Chief Officer of Police, and Clinical Commissioning Groups, must work together with relevant agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This replaces legislation for Local Authorities to have Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs).
The three statutory partners have a shared and equal duty to make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in a local area.
Adults at Risk
The Care Act 2014 also established the need to have Safeguarding Adult Boards in each local authority area. The Act confirmed that the three statutory safeguarding partners should be; Local Authority, Chief Officer of Police, and Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Safeguarding Adults Boards are responsible for coordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of what partners and relevant agencies does to help protect adults with care and support needs from abuse or neglect
Governance Structure & Subgroups
The Executive Safeguarding Partnership Board is the overarching countywide governance board for both the children’s and adults safeguarding agenda. The Executive Safeguarding Partnership Board is a high level, strategic board that will primarily focus on safeguarding systems performance and resourcing. This Board will have the statutory accountability for safeguarding in both local authority areas.
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Partnership Board both hold a statutory responsibility to produce an annual report into the effectiveness and quality of multi-agency safeguarding practice and lessons from Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and Safeguarding Adult Reviews.
The previous financial year’s Annual Reports can be found below