Decision details

Proposed merger of the existing Children's Safeguarding Board Arrangements with the Children's Trust Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No




The Cabinet approved and endorsed:


  1. The proposal to implement new Safeguarding Partnership arrangements alongside changes to the Children’s Trust arrangements.
  2. Consultation with the wider partnership on the proposed new integrated arrangements to meet the Council’s and other local agencies’ duties to children under the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Children Act 2004.
  3. That the Director of Children Services and the Head of Legal services undertake further discussions with local Safeguarding Partners with a view to agreeing contractual arrangements whereby certain safeguarding duties and tasks will be undertaken by identified members of the regional Safeguarding Partnership.
  4. Delegation to the Director of Children’s Services of final approval of the Somerset Safeguarding Partnership arrangements to be published by 29 June 2019 following consultation with Scrutiny for Policies, Children and Families Committee and a further report having been brought to the Cabinet meeting on 10 June 2019.
  5. The retention of a maximum of the current Somerset County Council budget allocation for this first year, and the identification of efficiencies with partners for 2020/2021, hence delivering a reduced budget requirement in future years.


ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED: As set out in the officer report


REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the officer report


Publication date: 11/03/2019

Date of decision: 11/03/2019

Decided at meeting: 11/03/2019 - Cabinet

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