About Us

The Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership (Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Police, Suffolk Healthcare services) works to protect children and young people and adults at risk of harm, neglect and exploitation in Suffolk.

Any person can be at risk of harm or abuse, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or religion.

The law protects people from maltreatment.

Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership is responsible for carrying out that statutory duty of care to/for you. An independent chair person, Anthony Douglas CBE, leads the partnership and ensures accountability and transparency in delivering these safeguarding arrangements.

As a partnership we will work to:

  • Prevent abuse and neglect from happening

  • Promote wellbeing and safety

  • Effectively respond quickly to reports of abuse and neglect

  • Hold our partners and other agencies to account for undertaking this duty and scrutinise safeguarding actions and outcomes

The Legislation Underpinning the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership

Children and Young People

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, set in legislation that the three safeguarding partners (Local Authority, Chief Officer of Police, and Clinical Commissioning Groups) must work together with relevant agencies to safeguard and protect the welfare of children in Suffolk. This replaces legislation for Local Authorities to have Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs).

Adults at Risk

There are no changes to the statutory requirement for Local Authorities to have a Safeguarding Adult Board and all the current guidance about the accountabilities of the SAB in the Care Act guidance remain. There are opportunities for joint working across Children and Adult Services and to ‘Think Family’, these will be explored where the opportunity arises in Suffolk.