About the OSCP

Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly was set up under Section 13 of the Children Act 2004 and replaced what was the Area Child Protection Committee and was formerly known as the Local Safeguarding Children Board.

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 partnership is 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 services, 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 OSCP 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 OSCP 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 OSCP is not accountable to the Children's Trust Boards.

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

The SCP produces the following on an annual basis:

Minutes of meetings can be found on the page for each of the relevant groups.  The last year 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 Practice Development and Standards Service using the contact details on this page. 

The Independent Chair, John Clements, provides a voice for the OSCP 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

2019/20

Date

Time

Venue

Thursday, 25 April 2019

11.00 to 1.30

Grenville Room, New County Hall, Truro

Thursday, 6 June 2019

11.00 to 1.30

Grenville Room, New County Hall, Truro

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

11.00 to 1.30

Grenville Room, New County Hall, Truro

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

11.00 to 1.30

Grenville Room, New County Hall, Truro

Thursday, 31 October 2019

11.00 to 1.30

Grenville Room, New County Hall, Truro

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

11.00 to 1.30

Grenville Room, New County Hall, Truro

Thursday, 23 January 2020

11.00 to 1.30

tbc

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

11.00 to 1.30

tbc

 

Minutes of OSCP Board Meetings

Sub-Groups

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

Most of the sub groups 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.