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Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSSCP) are working together to provide multi agency safeguarding children learning and development in the North of Tees area.

They are working in partnership with all child related organisations to ensure appropriate, up to date learning is being undertaken by the children's workforce.  HSSCP are currently delivering a programme of multi agency safeguarding and child protection learning and development, which will ensure that the children's workforce, including those in universal services and those providing services to adults with children in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees are committed too and work together to deliver services that improve the welfare and protection of all children and young people.

All the safeguarding and child protection learning and development activities are reviewed and monitored regularly through a quality assurance process which involves feedback and evaluations being undertaken.  This process will also review the impact the learning has on the working practices of those attending training activities.  These evaluations are analysed and reported to the HSSCP and also, Ofsted during safeguarding children inspections.

The purpose of multi agency safeguarding and child protection learning and development for inter-agency work at both strategic and operational levels is to achieve better outcomes for children and young people by developing:

  • A shared understanding of the tasks, processes, principles, roles and responsibilities outlined in national guidance and local arrangements for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare;

  • More effective and integrated services at both the strategic and individual case level;

  • Improved communication and information sharing between professionals, including a common understanding of key terms, definitions and thresholds for action;

  • Effective working relationships, including an ability to work in multi-disciplinary groups or teams;

  • Sound child focused assessments and decision making;

  • Learning from Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and Active Learning Sets.

As children progress into adulthood practitioners need to be aware of the safety and well-being of older children and therefore, safeguarding adults training is also available to those working with children and their families.

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