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Partnership Working

Between Children’s and Adult Services

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ as:

The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health or development and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully’.

The Children Act 1989 provides the legislative framework for agencies to take decisions on behalf of children and to take action to protect them from Abuse and Neglect.

Professionals or agencies working with adults have a key role in identifying children who need safeguarding. Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 is statutory guidance confirming a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

If a professional or agency working with such adults becomes aware that a child is or may be experiencing Abuse they have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child/ren.

Everyone must be aware that in situations where there is a concern that an Adult is or could be being abused or neglected and there are children in the same household, they too could be at risk. Reference should be made to Local Safeguarding Children's Board Procedures if there are concerns about Abuse or Neglect of children and young people under the age of 18. Adults and Children's Services should work jointly. For example, where a person may lack Capacity regarding decisions in relation to the care or needs of a child who is pregnant, a Referral should be made to Children's Services.

Transitions Care Leavers

When a young person is leaving care, co-ordinated planning arrangements will be necessary between Children’s Social Care and Adults Social Care to ensure ongoing support.

Assessments of care needs at this stage should include issues of safeguarding and risk. Care planning needs to ensure that the young adult’s safety is not put at risk through delays in providing the services they need to maintain their independence, wellbeing and choice.

Where someone is over 18 but still receiving children’s services and a safeguarding issue is raised, the matter should be dealt with as a matter of course by the adult safeguarding team. Where appropriate, they should involve the local authority’s children’s safeguarding colleagues as well as any relevant partners (e.g. police or NHS) or other persons relevant to the case. The same approach should apply for complaints or appeals, as well as where someone is moving to a different local authority area after receiving a transition assessment but before moving to adult care and support.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 applies to young people aged 16 years and over apart from the following aspects:

See the Pan Lancashire Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Children Manual.