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New partnership arrangements

Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership 

Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership is responsible for making sure that children, young people and adults are kept safe in Telford and Wrekin. 

Following a review, the Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Children Board is changing. The responsibility for making sure that children and young people are safe will now be led by the newly created Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership. The partnership will also have responsibility for safeguarding adults.

The new partnership includes Telford & Wrekin Council, West Mercia Police, and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (the NHS) as well as a wide range of other partners. 

Together they are responsible for making sure that children of all ages and abilities get the help and protection that they need in Telford & Wrekin. The Safeguarding Partnership Arrangements for Telford and Wrekin outline how the partnership will achieve that aim.

A full copy of the Telford and Wrekin Multi Agency Safeguarding Arrangements can be found here. Alternatively, a briefing note has been created to highlight the key changes that the new arrangements bring, which can be found here.

Child Death Reviews 

Multi Agency Safeguarding Partnerships have a statutory responsibility to review all deaths of children from birth (excluding still born babies and planned terminations) up to 18 years, who are normally resident in their area. The duties of the Safeguarding Partnership regarding these processes are set out in Chapter 5 of Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government 2018). 

The joint Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Child Death Overview Panel (including representatives from Social Care, Health, Police, Public Health and local Children’s Hospice) continues to monitor and review all child deaths on behalf of both LSCBs. Reviewing child deaths includes collecting information about the circumstances of the child’s death and family background, with the overall purpose to understand how and why children die, make recommendations to protect other children and to prevent future deaths. In the West Mercia area, there will be two CDOPs (Shropshire/Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire/Worcestershire) with a wider West Mercia approach to thematic discussions to consider learning from the independent reviews undertaken.

For sudden and unexpected deaths a co-ordinated, multi-agency Rapid Response is initiated to ensure safeguarding and public health issues are considered.

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Accountable Officer and Managing Director of the Local Authority (LA) is as follows:

 

  • David Evans, Accountable Officer, Telford and Wrekin CCG; 
  • Richard Partington, Managing Director, Telford & Wrekin Council 

Child Death Overview Panel Team contact details:

 

  • Dr Sam Postings, Associate Specialist Paediatrician and Lead Doctor for The Child Death Overview Panel and Named Doctor for Safeguarding, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, The Stepping Stones Centre, Brunel Road, Malinslee, Telford, TF3 2BF - Tel: 01952 567300 (Stepping Stones Reception) - Email: Samj.postings1@nhs.net or Shropcom.CDOP@nhs.net
  • Bea Jones, Nurse Specialist for Child Death Reviews, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, Halesfield 6, Telford, TF7 4BF- Tel: 01952 580312 - Mobile: 07826 901962 - Email: Bernadette.Jones1@nhs.net or Shropcom.CDOP@nhs.net
  • Sam Wheatley, Child Death Overview Panel Administrator and Secretary to Named Nurse and Nurse Specialist, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, Halesfield 6, Telford, TF7 4BF - Tel: 01952 580387 - Email: sam.wheatley@nhs.net or Shropcom.CDOP@nhs.net

 

 Further information can be found in the Child Death Reviews arrangements report.