Governance Structure & Subgroups
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements
The Multi- Agency Safeguarding Arrangements for the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership can be found below:
PLEASE NOTE: The document above relates to arrangements as of 29 September 2020, published as per requirements, and further content on the website reflects current practice.
The Executive Group manages the business and operation of the Partnership.
Subgroups - Adults
Learning and Improvement Subgroup
Supports the SSP in fulfilling its statutory duty to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of Board partners to safeguard and promote the welfare of adults and advise them on ways to improve. This is achieved by monitoring a range of performance data, statutory and practice audits and quality assurance activity.
Safeguarding Adults Review Panel
The Safeguarding Adults Review Panel (SARP), is responsible for commissioning the undertaking of Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs), on behalf of the SSP as and when required under No Secrets (2000) and the Care Act 2014.
The group commission and oversee the completion of the SAR process, working with involved professionals from start to finish, communicating with service users and families and commissioning the author of the final SAR report before developing action plans as a result of recommendations made in terms of practice by the independent author.
In addition to this role, the group may undertake reviews or analytical work of practice that does not meet the requirement for a SAR, with a view to gathering further learning that can be shared and disseminated amongst members of the Safeguarding Partnership.
As of 2015-2016, the Safeguarding Adults Review Panel has been delegated responsibility for the gathering of shared learning from practice nationwide, including developing action plans as a result of SARs that have been undertaken elsewhere in the country, and sharing learning, both positive and negative, with board members as a result of these incidents and the resultant reports.
The SARP meet monthly, with a view to feeding back any learning to the full Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership Adults Board via a standing agenda item on national practice and learning opportunities.
Area Locality Forums
The Area Locality Forums operate from a variety of locations across the county. Meetings are held on a quarterly basis in each of the three geographical areas and details of upcoming meetings are held on the left of this page.
These forums are designed to give any professional working directly with adults at risk of harm the opportunity to feedback on their experiences of working in this field. The forums operate under a 'Chatham House Rules' arrangement, with practitioners free to speak openly and freely about their experiences and any concerns that they might have with regards to the quality of training, support from members, sharing of information with colleagues and partners, or a range of other issues.
Professionals are welcome from all agencies working within Suffolk as long as they either work directly with adults at risk or are undertaking a role that may have a direct impact on their support and care (such as in the case of business support roles).
If you are interested in attending any of the groups in your area, please contact us.
Subgroups - Children
Learning and Improvement Subgroup
Supports the SSP in fulfilling its statutory duty to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of Board partners to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advise them on ways to improve. This is achieved by monitoring a range of performance data, statutory and practice audits and quality assurance activity.
Case Review Panel
The group also undertake reviews of cases where there is serious cause for concern as to the way in which the Authority, their Board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child; and to advise on lessons that can be learnt. The group will also identify and manage Partnership Reviews of cases which do not meet the statutory Serious Case Review criteria but can provide valuable information about how organisations are working together and identify improvements.
Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)
Reviews all child deaths up to the age of 18, excluding those babies who are stillborn and planned terminations of pregnancy carried out within the law by collating information on each child. The panel determine whether the death was deemed preventable, had modifiable factors that may have contributed to the death and makes recommendations to the SSP, or other relevant bodies, promptly so that action can be taken to prevent future such deaths where possible.
Area Safeguarding and Child at Risk of Exploitation (CaRE) Network Group
The Area Network meetings are used to share information, deal with issues of safeguarding practice, learn from cases and capture good practice in the locality. The CaRE group element of the meeting aims to support local implementation and compliance with multi-agency policies and procedures for identifying, assessing and responding to child exploitation and to also facilitate effective local multi-agency coordinated response to safeguarding victims of child exploitation.
Subgroups - Joint
Exploitation and Online Safety Subgroup
The newly established group has an all-age approach incorporating adults as well as children which promotes co-ordinated thinking and delivery of services to safeguard children, young people, adults and their families/carers; in doing so the Group recognises the broad and diverse range of safeguarding responsibilities and arrangements within the Suffolk Partnership. This method presents a positive opportunity to adopt a ‘Think Family’ approach to the planning and co-ordination of response to exploitation and online safety.
The Health Executive subgroup is divided into a strategic Health Executive for Directors and a Health Safeguarding Operational group for Provider Named Professionals which now includes MASH Specialist Nurses.
The remit of the Health Executive subgroup is to ensure that all Directors are aware of issues raised by the SSP, to ensure that safeguarding risks and issues in their organisations are passed on through this group to the SSP.