A new partnership arrangement to safeguard vulnerable children and adults in Dudley borough is now in place.
Dudley Council’s cabinet approved plans earlier this year to merge the functions of the existing Dudley Safeguarding Adults Board and Dudley Safeguarding Children’s Board into the new Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership.
Following the Children and Social Work Act (2017) and the release of Working Together 2018 these new arrangements will be led by three key agencies: the police, clinical commissioning groups and local authorities.
These three key partners are under a new duty to make arrangements to work together with other relevant partners, to safeguard and promote the welfare of the vulnerable and at risk children in their area.
The new partnership arrangements will conform to the requirements in line with the Care Act 2014 governing adult safeguarding, reflect legal responsibilities to comply with the Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018), and also the shared ambition and commitment to helping the most vulnerable and at risk people in Dudley
It was also recently announced that Dr Paul Kingston had been appointed as the new independent chair for the board. Paul has since taken up post and will provide independent support and scrutiny and work with partners to ensure effective safeguarding of vulnerable and at risk people and to deliver the longer term ambition of the partnership.
The new safeguarding arrangements have been agreed and endorsed in partnership with West Midlands Police and Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group.