Safeguarding children in East Sussex


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The Children and Social Work Act 2017 changed the way agencies work together to safeguard children.

  • Police, health and the local authority now have equal responsibility to make local plans to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in their area.
  • There is updated government Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 guidance.
  • Local safeguarding partnerships replaced Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs).
  • And there were changes to serious case reviews and the child death review process.

What this means for East Sussex

New local safeguarding arrangements are set out in the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership document.

More details on current arrangements are on the the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership website and in the Pan Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures Manual.

East Sussex County Council has also worked with:

  • local Clinical Commissioning Groups, and
  • neighbouring local authorities

to strengthen the child death review process. This process is set out in the Sussex Child Death Overview Panel.