Louise Bazalgette shares key messages from a project aiming to develop a vision for safeguarding in a time of austerity
Last year I had the fascinating task of working with colleagues across the NSPCC to develop a vision for safeguarding in the challenging current context of austerity and high demand on children’s services. This led to many interesting conversations with NSPCC colleagues and our counterparts in local authority children’s services, health, education and police, to explore how limited resources can be used effectively in local areas to keep children safe and promote their healthy development.
Some of the findings from this work were hardly new – key messages about the importance of leadership, multi-agency collaboration, evidence-based practice and a focus on child outcomes will not be a surprise to anyone. However, there are also interesting themes emerging about how we use expertise within our local area-based systems (e.g. local authority services, health, education, police, voluntary and community sector), which should prompt thought for the NSPCC and our partners.