12. New Safeguarding Arrangements in B&NES September 2019

Partners in B&NES have been creative and constructed an exciting new community safety and safeguarding arrangement. We are committed to maximising the integration of safeguarding children and adults with community safety and the work of the Responsible Authorities Group (RAG). Our new Partnership is designed to offer us the chance to work more effectively and with joint purpose to protect children, adults, families and communities who most need our help.

In June 2019 the B&NES Community Safety and Safeguarding Partnership was approved by Avon Fire and Rescue, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, BaNES Clinical Commissioning Group, B&NES Council and the National Probation Service. It was developed in partnership with the existing members of the Local Safeguarding Children Board, Local Safeguarding Adult Board and RAG which it replaces. The Partnership will come into existence in September 2019.

We have ensured that the statutory requirements of the three Boards we are replacing, as set out in various guidance, will continue to be met. We have ensured that the new arrangements meet all the requirements set out in:
The Children and Social Work Act 2017, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, The Care Act 2014 and Crime and Disorder Act 1998, the Police and Justice Act 2006 and the Policing & Social Responsibility Act 2011.

The folowing suite of documents have been shared in readiness for the new B&NES Community Safety and Safeguarding Partnership:

Concerned about a Child?

  • If you have a concern about a child or young person, please call the Children and Families Assessment and Intervention Team on 01225 396312 or 01225 396313.
  • If outside of office hours, please call the Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615165.
  • If a child or young person is in immediate danger then please dial 999 and ask for police assistance. 

The Local Authority Designated Officer for managing allegations or safeguarding concerns against staff can be contacted on 01225 396810 Monday – Friday in office hours.