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Partnership working between childrens services, police, schools, community health, health services and families.

Partnership working between children’s services, police, schools, community safety, health services and families is required to help prevent the escalation of risk and harm to children.

The mapping of concerns and emerging themes provides the information for locality partnerships to develop proportionate and co-ordinated plans to reduce risk through a contextual safeguarding model. Each locality in Derbyshire has developed a local safeguarding partnership group.

National and local policies and procedures require arrangements to be in place to support vulnerable children. Such arrangements need to be responsive to the identified need and have clear governance and escalation structures within them. The overarching DSCB Information Sharing Agreement provides the framework to support this structure. It's available in the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards' Procedures Manual.

Locality CRE and missing panels

These panels will meet on a monthly basis, the chair of the meeting is an officer within children's social care and the core membership should include the following:

  • child protection manager vulnerable children
  • social care team manager
  • multi-agency manager
  • children's home manager
  • community safety officer
  • youth offending service
  • police missing persons officer
  • safeguarding nurse
  • schools representation
  • locality youth lead

Additional membership may be required dependent upon the child’s specific needs and an emerging issue within the community.

High Risk Management Group (HRMG)

In exceptional cases where the risks for a child have not been managed successfully and additional resources may be required to protect the child from further harm a High Risk Management Group (HRMG) will be called with membership from strategic leads from across health, education, social care, police and youth offending. This may relate to vulnerable young people harmed by child sexual exploitation, radicalisation, self-harm, offending or any child at high risk where other child protection processes have not secured their safety.

If you as a partner wish to know about how these are managed, have an interest in joining or you have questions about representation, please contact your local head of children's service, based in your locality.

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