Policy briefing

Safeguarding partners: what children’s nurses need to know

How will the new safeguarding partners differ from local safeguarding children’s boards?
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Local safeguarding children’s boards are being replaced by new safeguarding partners. So what are they, what will they do and how do they differ from their predecessors?

Essential information

Major child safeguarding reforms are under way across healthcare, local authorities and the police.

The Department for Education’s 2018 document Working Together to Safeguard Children set out the changes needed to support the new system of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements.

These arrangements were established by the Children and Social Work Act 2017 following a critical


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