The Government has introduced new legislation that will reshape the way in which local agencies work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We are delighted that the National Children’s Bureau will play a leading role in the development of these innovative approaches to protecting children.
NCB will facilitate the ‘Early Adoptors’ programme on behalf of the Department for Education, working with a group of 17 areas, comprising more than a quarter of local authorities in England, as they put in place new arrangements for multi-agency co-operation between councils, health services, the police, schools and other organisations.
Through facilitated learning and peer support, we will help the Early Adoptors develop a ‘community of practice’ to share effective and sustainable solutions with other areas. We look forward to working with stakeholders to establish a framework for assessing the impact of new safeguarding arrangement as they are developed, and using this evidence to establish core principles for what works.
Anna Feuchtwang, Chief Executive of the National Children’s Bureau, said:
‘There can be no higher priority than protecting the safety and welfare of children, and we look forward to working with local organisations as they reinvigorate the ways they collaborate to protect the young.
‘The National Children’s Bureau has a long history of bringing organisations together to work more effectively, and of producing research evidence on what is needed to improve children’s lives. The Early Adoptors programme is an opportunity for us to use both these skills and bring about lasting change as innovative approaches to child safeguarding are shared across the country.’