About the SCP

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Children Board (now known as the Safeguarding Children Partnership) was set up under Section 13 of the Children Act 2004 and replaced what was the Area Child Protection Committee.

It is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how relevant organisations will work together to promote, safeguard and protect the welfare of children and young people.

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The Board is a partnership made up of senior representatives from several organisations and agencies which include Cornwall Council, the Council of the Isles of Scilly, Devon and Cornwall Police, Health Service, Youth Offending Service, Probation Service, Children and Family Courts Advisory and Support Service and others.

It agrees how local services and professionals working with children should co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  Guidance on organisational responsibilities is set out in 'Working Together to Safeguard Children'.  All agencies have a duty to comply with the South West Child Protection Procedures.

The SCP does not have authority to direct member organisations since each agency/organisation have their own lines of accountability for safeguarding and are responsible for their own operational arrangements.

However, it is a statutory body which has a central role in providing an independent voice in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and in supporting - but also challenging where necessary - the safeguarding work of individual agencies.

It is important that the SCP is closely aligned with the Children's Trust Boards since both have important strategic roles in relation to improving the wellbeing of all children in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The SCP is not accountable to the Children's Trust Boards.

The SCP is formally consulted during the development of the Children and Young People's Plans.

The LSCB produces the following on an annual basis:

Minutes of meetings can be found on the page for each of the relevant groups.  The latest two sets of minutes for each group will be held on this website.  If you require sight of any archived minutes prior to this, please contact the Safeguarding Unit using the contact details on this page. 

The Independent Chair, John Clements, provides a voice for the SCP, to ensure its smooth running and to ensure that partner organisations collaborate effectively to coordinate and promote the help and protection of children and young people across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

The Independent Chair is accountable to the Chief Executives of both Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.

Dates of Meetings

2017/18

Date

Time

Venue

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

2.00 to 4.30

Room 2N:03, New County Hall, Truro

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

2.00 to 4.30

Grenville Room, New County Hall, Truro

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

11.00 to 1.30

Grenville Room, New County Hall, Truro

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

2.00 to 4.30

Grenville Room, New County Hall, Truro

2018/19

Date

Time

Venue

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

11.00 to 1.30

To be confirmed

Thursday, 7 June 2018

11.00 to 1.30

Grenville Room, New County Hall, Truro

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

11.00 to 1.30

Grenville Room, New County Hall, Truro

Thursday, 13 September 2018

11.00 to 1.30

To be confirmed

Thursday, 1 November 2018

11.00 to 1.30

To be confirmed

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

11.00 to 1.30

To be confirmed

Thursday, 24 January 2019

11.00 to 1.30

To be confirmed

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

11.00 to 1.30

To be confirmed

 

Minutes of SCP Board Meetings

Minutes of LSCB Board Meetings

Sub-Groups

As well as the main Board, there are several subgroups within the SCP made up from members of the Partnership and their affiliates.

Most of the Subgroups have their own terms of reference, and work plan.  Every group must provide regular feedback to the Partnership Board. The links in the menu provide further information about each individual group.