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New arrangements to protect vulnerable children and adults

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New partnership safeguarding arrangements are being implemented in Dudley to protect vulnerable children and adults in the borough.

The Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership Board (DSPPB) will be made up of representatives from Dudley Council, West Midlands Police, NHS and voluntary sector. It will be headed by an independent chair.

The partnership arrangements reflect legal responsibilities to comply with the Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) statutory framework and also a shared ambition and commitment to helping the most vulnerable people in Dudley.

The new body will take over the functions of the separate existing Dudley Safeguarding Adults Board and Dudley Safeguarding Children Board.

Dudley Council’s ruling cabinet will be asked to approve the adoption of the new arrangements at a meeting later this month. The new arrangements are also being approved by West Midlands Police and Dudley CCG and will be in place by the end of September.

Councillor Ruth Buttery, cabinet member for children and young people at Dudley Council, said:

The DSPPB will replace both of the existing Dudley Safeguarding Boards as the strategic body that has ultimate responsibility for safeguarding across the whole of Dudley borough.
We believe that bringing the safeguarding arrangements for adults and children more closely together it will improve outcomes for vulnerable Dudley residents. I welcome the significant amount of work that has gone in to make these new arrangements happen.
Its membership and structure will be streamlined to focus on improving performance against an agreed set of strategic priorities, so that it delivers more for vulnerable children, young people and adults in Dudley.

Sally Bourner, Dudley Borough Neighbourhood Policing Unit Commander, said:

These safeguarding arrangements build on a strong foundation of partnership working.
They reflect our shared commitment to Dudley borough being a place of healthy, resilient, safe communities with high aspirations and the ability of people to shape their own future.
Together we have a strong commitment to intervening early to prevent harm.
Our priority focus is on tackling violence and the exploitation of vulnerable children, young people and adults - for example involvement in gangs, county lines, criminal exploitation and financial scams.

Caroline Brunt, Chief Nurse, Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

By working together we offer greater protection for those most vulnerable.
We welcome these new arrangements and we will ensure that we work with all healthcare providers to identify vulnerable people early and co-ordinate care effectively so that people get the support they need, when they need it.

The new board will be discussed at the next meeting of Dudley Council’s cabinet on Thursday June 27. It will be held at Dudley Council House in Priory Road from 6pm and members of the public are welcome to attend.

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