Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSSCP) was established in April 2019 in response to the changes in Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.
The safeguarding partnership arrangement replaces the two Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB’s) for Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees. In accordance with Working Together 2018, HSSCP’s safeguarding partners are Hartlepool Borough Council, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Cleveland Police and Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group. It also has representation from other local relevant agencies.
Our agreed vision for Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSSCP) is to ensure:
“Every child in Hartlepool and Stockton feels safe, secure and is protected from harm; enabling them to reach their full potential.”
Our aim as a partnership is to understand what is working well, what needs further development in our collective safeguarding practice to achieve this vision and how to address areas that do not meet the required standards.
The safeguarding partners want to strengthen and deepen the way we work together; to ensure effective multi agency working throughout our whole system. We aim to work as a partnership, harnessing the importance of working with practitioners via our new ‘Active Learning’ approach; focusing on facilitating and driving action beyond the usual organisational and agency constraints and boundaries. Practitioners developing effective and trusting relationships with families will be at the heart of our methodology. This will ensure we influence front line safeguarding practice as we learn and improve together.