Safeguarding children in East Sussex


Primary, secondary schools and colleges will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers.

All other children will learn remotely until February half term.

Early Years settings remain open.

See the coronavirus help and support page.

Apply for your child’s primary school place: If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, then they are due to start primary school in September 2021. Don’t miss the deadline on 15 January 2021. If you miss the deadline you are much less likely to get the school you want.

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.