Our vision is "For all the children of York to grow up in safety and to always feel safe."
The Children Act 2004, as amended by the Children and Social Work Act 2017, and the associated statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) replaced Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) with new local multi-agency safeguarding partnership arrangements (MASA).
The new MASA arrangements placed new duties on the three Statutory Safeguarding Partners (namely: the Local Authority, the Police and the Clinical Commissioning Group) in local areas, to make arrangements to work together, and with other relevant agencies locally, to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in their area.
Within the City of York, the three partners were identified as:
The Children's Act 1989 provides the legislative framework for child protection in England.
This is strengthened by the Children's Act 2004, which encourages partnerships between agencies and creates more accountability.
Both of these acts are amended by the Children and Social Work Act 2017, which received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017.
The CYSCP believes in the need for continual improvement and strives towards making a positive difference for children within the City of York.
CYSCP works in accordance with Working Together 2018.
In 2020, the CYSCP appointed of Maggie Atkinson as The CYSCP Independent Scrutineer.
Maggie Atkinson was previously a former children's commissioner and was appointed to take on the new post as Independent Scrutineer to the citywide partnership. Led jointly by City of York Council, North Yorkshire Police and the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group, the partnership’s role is to ensure that services across the city work together to protect children and young people from harm or abuse.
Dr Atkinson’s role is to challenge the partnership in all areas of its work, highlighting areas needing improvement, as well as good practice. The aim is to help make services across the city safer for children and young people.
Maggie brings a wealth of experience to the new role, having served as the Children’s Commissioner for England between 2010-2015, after jobs in teaching and local government. Most recently, she has worked with organisations to develop their practice, leadership and management.
At the time of appointment, Maggie Atkinson, Independent Scrutineer, said: “I am delighted to become the Independent Scrutineer of the many organisations across York whose work contributes to children and young people’s health, safety, wellbeing, education and citizenship. Keeping them all as safe as possible, and recognising that in York as elsewhere they are a quarter of the population with ambitions, needs, views and opinions we must heed, are central concerns.
“At the heart of all that activity are services working directly with all children and young people, and those that work particularly with the most vulnerable who need help, enhanced support or protection. But children and young people also spend in the city’s economy, use its transport, are housed in accommodation that must be safe and secure, care about the environment and much else besides.
“The adults who bring them up, and those who work with them act together to meet their needs, as well as nurturing them so they can do the best they can, growing up to be adults who in turn will work in, further develop, and perhaps even lead the city in the future.
“My work as Independent Scrutineer will highlight where there is already great work being done for York’s children and young people; and will challenge services, and the city’s wider community, when things should be better joined up, more ambitious, or more sharply focused on what needs to improve for children and young people. I look forward immensely to playing my part in this vital role.”
In Spring 2020 a review of the governance structure was commissioned. Later that year the following structure was approved and implemented.
Following the implementation of a new governance structure a document detailing the CYSCP Local Arrangements has been rewritten. This is in the process of being signed off and should be uploaded to the CYSCP website in Autumn 2021.
The previous local arrangements is available in the City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership, Local Safeguarding partnership arrangements in response to Working Together 2018
Partner Agencies have worked together to develop a multi-agency overarching City of York and North Yorkshire Multi-agency Information Sharing Protocol to create a positive culture of sharing information and facilitate more effective Data Sharing practices between Partner Agencies, with the aim of improving service delivery.
The Protocol applies to all information being shared by signatory Partner Agencies and it establishes the types of data Partner Agencies will share, how data is handled and the legislation which allows the information to be shared, as well as outlining processes for developing Partner Agency Information Sharing Arrangements.
The DfE has produced guidance on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.
All Safeguarding Children's Partnerships are required to publish annual reports outlining the work of the Partnership over the past year.
The latest report is CYSCP Annual Report 2020/21.
To view our previous annual reports see below.
City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership, West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA