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). You can find a copy of this document in under resources on the right-hand side of this page. 

Working Together 2018

Working Together requires the formal publication of local safeguarding arrangements. 

Publication of Local Safeguarding Arrangements

Every year Doncaster Safeguarding Children Partnership publishes an Annual Report and a Business Plan:-

  • Business Plan on a page 2018-2019
  • Doncaster Safeguarding Children Partnership Annual Report 2017-18

Doncaster Safeguarding Children Partnership will conduct and publish Child Safeguarding Practice Review (previously known as Serious Case Review) when a child dies or is seriously harmed and abuse or neglect is known or suspected.

Further information about these, and any published reports will appear on this page.