This section of the website is for people who work with children and young people in all capacities, whether as paid workers or as volunteers.  It brings together relevant information, documents and links about all aspects of safeguarding children and young people.

This section provides access to the Local Protocols and Guidance page, which has downloadable versions of national and local multi-agency safeguarding children policies, procedures and other useful guidance such as the Resolving Professional Differences Protocol and the Neglect Toolkit.

South West Child Protection Procedures

Somerset is one of the 12 Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships that make up the South West consortium that has developed the Southwest Child Protection Procedures (in conjunction with Tri.x).

Working Together

Many local organisations and agencies have a duty under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to ensure that they consider the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children when carrying out their functions.

The responsibility for this join-up locally rests with the three safeguarding partners who 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.

A safeguarding partner in relation to a local authority area in England is defined under the Children Act 2004 (as amended by the Children and Social Work Act, 2017) as:

(a) the local authority

(b) a clinical commissioning group for an area any part of which falls within the local authority area

(c) the chief officer of police for an area any part of which falls within the local authority area

The three safeguarding partners should agree on ways to co-ordinate their safeguarding services.

The SSCP provides inter-agency training, to provide a multi-agency experience which complements the single-agency and professional learning opportunities offered by individual agencies.  See the training webpage for more details and the current Training Programme.