About Us

The Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnership works to protect and safeguard children on the Isle of Wight.

Context

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility.

Our ambition is that everyone, can recognise, respond and fulfil their responsibilities to ensure that children, young people and families are effectively safeguarded and supported.

Our safeguarding arrangements have been developed to build on the strengths of the previous arrangements under the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Board. The learning and improvement framework, which includes clear and robust serious case review processes, multi-agency audits and a comprehensive multi-agency training programme, enables the Partnership to extend its programme of scrutiny functions and respond to changes in statutory guidance.

Legislation

The Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnership (IOWSCP) is established in accordance with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (the Act) and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 statutory guidance. The IOWSCP provides the safeguarding arrangements under which the safeguarding partners and relevant agencies work together to coordinate their safeguarding services, identify and respond to the needs of children in Isle of Wight, commission and publish local child safeguarding practice reviews and provide scrutiny to ensure the effectiveness of the arrangements.

Working Together 2018 explains that the three safeguarding partners in relation to a local authority area are defined under the Children Act 2004 (as amended by the Children and Social Work Act 2017) as:

  • the Local Authority
  • a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for an area any part of which falls within the local authority area
  • the Chief Officer of Police for an area any part of which falls within the local authority area

Aims and Objectives

To ensure that the children of Isle of Wight are safeguarded, and their welfare promoted, the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnership will:

  • Work effectively and collaboratively towards shared priorities to achieve improved outcomes for our children.
  • Build working relationships between partners which support continuous improvement, professional curiosity, constructive challenge, and enable partners to hold each other to account for the outcomes we deliver for children.
  • Be self-reflective, open and committed to learning and improvement.
  • Embed the learning from local and national safeguarding reviews, and local scrutiny and assurance practices to improve the way children are safeguarded.
  • Work, and share information, proactively to enable the early identification and response to new areas of safeguarding and emerging themes.
  • Listen and respond to children and young people, and adult victims / survivors of child abuse to inform how services are delivered.
  • Ensure services for children and families in Isle of Wight support parents and carers to provide the best possible care for their children and enable families to live together where possible.
  • Facilitate collaborative working beyond organisational boundaries and agency constraints to deliver best outcomes for children and families.

Relevant Agencies

As well as the three core partners (Local Authority, Clinical Commissioning Group, Chief Officer of Police), other relevant agencies as named by the safeguarding partners are:

  • Child and Family Court Advisory Service (CAFCASS)
  • Early Years Settings
  • Education establishments (primary, secondary, independent, post-16 years and special schools, pupil referral units and early years settings).
  • Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (Including Healthcare providers, represented through membership of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP))
  • Hampshire Constabulary
  • Improvement (Hants and IOW Office)
  • IOW Fire & Rescue Service
  • IOW Primary Care providers
  • Isle of Wight Council, Adults Social Care
  • Isle of Wight Council, Childrens Social Care
  • Isle of Wight Council, Education and Inclusion
  • Isle of Wight Council, Public Health
  • Isle of Wight Council, Regulatory Services
  • Isle of Wight NHS Trust
  • Isle of Wight Youth Offending Team
  • Lay Members
  • National Probation Service
  • NHS England/
  • Portsmouth Diocese
  • Sporting Organisations (via the Hampshire and Isle of Wight County Sports Partnership (Energise Me). This includes national sporting bodies who have branches operating on the Isle of Wight such as the Football Agency (FA) for example)
  • Voluntary Sector Organisations

New Partnership Arrangements – June 2019

There are many agencies on the Isle of Wight supporting children and young people, and they all work together as a partnership to ensure they are keeping children safe.

Some changes have been made to the way these agencies work together to keep children safe, because of new government guidance. The main changes are that:

  1. There are now three organisations on the Isle of Wight who are jointly responsible for the partnership arrangements for keeping children safe:
    • Isle of Wight Council
    • Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups
    • Hampshire Constabulary
  2. The Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Board has changed its name to the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnership
  3. The Partnership will adopt a new structure which includes someone independent challenging its work, and a focus on learning.

The IOWSCP New Arrangements Plan sets out the detail of how the new Partnership will work, as well as why and how the changes were made.

At the heart of the arrangements is a commitment from all agencies to work together to keep children safe and to continuously improve and learn how to best do this.