What is the Doncaster Safeguarding Children Partnership?

It has long been recognised that a wide range of services for children and families need to work together to help keep children safe and protected from maltreatment, abuse and neglect. 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 Children Act 2004 also required each local authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).

Following  the changes made by the Children and Social Work Act 2017, Doncaster’s LSCB has now become Doncaster Safeguarding Children Partnership (DSCP).

The partnership brings together a range of local agencies led by Doncaster Council (with Doncaster Children’s Services Trust delivering services on their behalf), Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group, and South Yorkshire Police.

These three ‘safeguarding partners’ are required to agree on ways to co-ordinate their safeguarding services; act as a strategic leadership group in supporting and engaging others; and implement local and national learning including serious child safeguarding incidents. To do this, they need to work in partnership with all relevant agencies in Doncaster as the Doncaster Safeguarding Children Partnership.

These include:

The partnership is responsible for overseeing local arrangements for safeguarding children in Doncaster, in line with the Government statutory guidance: Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (DfE, 2018) .  A copy of this document can also be found under resources on the right-hand side of this page. 

Working Together requires the local safeguarding partners to formally publish a high-level description of their safeguarding arrangements. These can be found in the following document:

Doncaster Safeguarding Children Partnership - Local Safeguarding Partnership arrangements to succeed Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board in response to Working Together 2018.