- Replacing the existing arrangements for LSCBs with a new, more effective statutory framework that sets out the strategic multi-agency arrangements for child protection.
- New statutory arrangements should require health, local authorities and the police to make clear their leadership responsibility for multi-agency arrangements, to include the identification of a chief officer in each of the agencies to have responsibility and authority for ensuring full collaboration with those statutory arrangements.
- All areas should be required to move towards new multi-agency arrangements for protecting children within a prescribed period. In this way, the existing legislative framework underpinning LSCBs would cease to operate as new arrangements come into being.
- Moving away from the highly prescribed model we have for delivering multi-agency arrangements. A more effective, precisely defined statutory framework focused on protecting children allows for much more flexibility in terms of how those arrangements are made.
- Place a new requirement on three key partners, namely local authorities, the police and the health service, to make arrangements for working together in a local area.
- Place an expectation on schools and other relevant agencies involved in the protection of children, to cooperate with the new multi-agency arrangements.
- Remove the requirement for local areas to have LSCBs with set memberships, often leading to large and unwieldy boards. Local areas that have strong and effective arrangements for multi-agency co-operation delivered through their LSCB will be able to retain them as long as they meet the new requirements.
- Bring forward legislation to underpin the new arrangements.
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