Safeguarding children in East Sussex

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 arrangements in the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership document will be in place by 29 September 2019.

Current arrangements are on the East Sussex LSCB website and the Pan Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures Manual.

East Sussex County Council is also working with:

  • local Clinical Commissioning Groups, and
  • neighbouring local authorities

to strengthen the child death review process. The new Sussex Child Death Overview Panel will be in place from 29 September 2019.