Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership  

The partnership responsible for safeguarding children in Somerset has been redesigned as of 29 September 2019, as part of new arrangements introduced nationally.  The statutory changes mean that three organisations – the Somerset County Council, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group – now have joint and equal responsibility to safeguard children and young people, under the name of the Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership.

The new partnership builds on the strong multi-agency working of the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board and secures future arrangements for safeguarding and improving outcomes for children and young people. The Somerset Children’s Trust merged with the new safeguarding arrangements for children to create efficiencies, and the new multi-agency partnership now takes oversight of the delivery of the Somerset Plan for Children and Young People (2019-2022).

The Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership works with ‘relevant agencies’, who have safeguarding responsibilities under Section 11 of ‘The Children Act’ (2004), as described in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (2018).

Further information about the new safeguarding arrangements is available in the following documents:

For information and documentation relating to Somerset Safeguarding Children Board (pre 2019), please refer to the Archive SSCB webpage.

The strategic aims of partnership are to ensure that effective systems are in place to promote the well-being of children and young people and safeguard them from harm. These include:

  • Focusing on the impact of all forms of child abuse and neglect
  • Learning, and the dissemination of learning, from local and national research, including case reviews
  • Continued identification of indicators of the prevalence of all forms of child abuse and neglect in Somerset and assessing the effectiveness of progress in tackling these
  • Understanding the perspectives of children and young people by asking for their views, listening to them and responding to them so that they know what has happened as a result
  • Supporting and scrutinising the effectiveness of arrangements to reduce risk of abuse and neglect e.g. early help
  • Improving and integrating performance monitoring for safeguarding arrangements and delivering the Somerset Plan for Children, Young People and Families (2019-2022)
  • Supporting communication and information sharing across partners.
Caroline DowsonBusiness Manager
Steve MacabeeTraining Manager
Rebecca LeggettPartnership Business Officer
Jennie RossSenior Business Unit Officer
Nicky AllenAudit Officer
Stephanie Gonzalez QuintansBusiness Support Assistant

Structure Chart September 2021

For more information about the subgroups please refer to the SSCP Subgroups section of the website.

Twelve-Monthly Report 2020-2021 (pdf)

Twelve-Monthly Report 2019-2020 (pdf)  or  Flipbook version of 2019-20 report

Annual Report 2018-2019

Annual reports previously published by Somerset Safeguarding Children Board are available on the Archive SSCB page.