Sunderland Safeguarding Children Partnership

Multi-agency Safeguarding Arrangements


 The statutory safeguarding partners are responsible for developing multi-agency safeguarding arrangements that will guide how they will work together, and with other relevant agencies, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.  You can read the MASA Plan 20-21 here.

As well as publishing a plan, arrangements also include:

Revised partnership infrastructure

Locally, a streamlined infrastructure for partnership meetings has been developed which is designed to reduce duplication in the system. It also introduces the Practitioner Forum which will have a robust focus on developing the skills of front-line practitioners in all agencies to tackle, at an early point, the most concerning issues for our children and young people and on developing the skills of managers to support those front-line practitioners.

SSCP Annual Report

The SSCP must also publish its annual report, looking back at its achievements and setting out where improvements are still required. The annual report for 2021/22 is included here.

Child death arrangements

A North and South of Tyne Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) has been established. This Panel will oversee the statutory responsibilities of the child death review partners across Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland. The CDOP will typically review 60 deaths per year to enable thematic learning and identify potential safeguarding or local health issues that could be modified in order to protect children from harm and, ultimately, save lives.

SSCP Business Plan

Our business plan, setting out our priorities and associated actions for improvement, can be found here.  This is a live document which will be reviewed annually and updated as necessary.


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