South Downs Leadership Safeguarding
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Today’s society quite rightly considers the safeguarding of children as being the highest priority. Whether it be the horrific abuse inflicted on our young people by high profile celebrities, child sexual exploitation, abuse that goes on behind closed doors or that which is a consequence of domestic violence, poor mental health or substance misuse, organisations, public bodies, voluntary groups and the public at large are expected to play their part in preventing and identifying child abuse.

South Downs Leadership can support you in, either bringing together, sustaining and chairing partnerships, carrying out thematic audits or providing a consultancy and advisory service so you can meet the huge responsibility that you bear in protecting our young.

Graham Bartlett, our director, is currently the statutory  independent chair of Brighton and Hove Local Safeguarding Children Board and is responsible for co-ordinating and assuring children’s safeguarding services in the city. He has reviewed and developed the Board over the time he has been chair and instigated many case reviews, multi agency audits and raised the profile of the board to ensure it hears and embeds the voice of service users in all it does. He has completed the Social Care Institute for Excellence Learning Together training.

The Brighton and Hove Local Safeguarding Children Board, which Graham chairs, was proud to be amongst the 30% of Boards awarded a Good grading by Ofsted following their review in April 2015. In context, Ofsted have yet to award the top grading of Outstanding to any LSCB. You can read the report here (page 35 onwards):

South Downs Leadership have designed and implemented ‘Safeguarding in Schools’ Audits which are compliant with recent Department for Education guidance and meet the needs of head teachers, designated safeguarding leads, teaching and non teaching staff and governors in their ambition to provide safe and supportive learning environments for children. This is a hugely valuable service if only to provide reassurance that your systems and processes are effective but also pre and post OFSTED inspections.

Graham is also the first Independent Chair of both the East Sussex and the Brighton and Hove Safeguarding Adults' Boards. Assuming these roles as the Boards became statutory under the Care Act 2014, he is responsible for ensuring the Boards gain assurance that safeguarding arrangements and agencies help and protect vulnerable adults, hold agencies to account and contribute to the prevention of abuse and neglect. He is also charged with undertaking Safeguarding Adults Reviews when things go wrong.

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