In March 2016 the Government accepted the recommendations of the Wood Report which summarised the findings of a national review of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs). The recommendations in the report led to a change in legislation to the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together to Safeguard Children (WTSC).
As a result of these changes three key agencies now collectively hold new statutory responsibilities for safeguarding; namely the Local Authority (through Children and Families), Health (through NHS Leeds CCG Partnership) and West Yorkshire Police), and as of the 9th April 2018 we became known as the LSCP (Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership). We published our Multi-agency Safeguarding Arrangements on 29th June 2019, outlining how the LSCP will continue to work together under the new arrangements.
The LSCP will continue as an independent intermediary body, currently chaired by Dr Mark Peel, with all agencies working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Leeds. Under the new arrangements we will continue to undertake its statutory and core functions, including training, policies, Section 11 audits and information sharing through the monthly bulletins.
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