This chapter outlines, for multi-agency practitioners, the importance of close working between South Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Board and South Tyneside Safeguarding Children Board. Practitioners working with adults who are concerned about a child have a duty to report their concerns.

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South Tyneside Child Protection Procedures

This chapter was added to the APPP in July 2018.

1. Introduction

Although the South Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Board (STSAB) and South Tyneside Safeguarding Children Board (STSCB) have statutory duties and responsibilities as a result of different legislation (Care Act 2014; Children Act 1989 and Children Act 2004), there are significant overlaps in the processes they use, and the organisations and professionals which support the STSAB and STSCB to deliver their objectives.

Such areas of common work include young people transitioning between children’s and adult services (see Transition to Adult Care and Support), domestic violence (see Domestic Violence, Abuse and Coercive Behaviour), and working with complex families. These provide potential for joint working between the SAB and LSCB and / or their sub groups. It is important therefore that any joint working practices or opportunities for joint working and sharing of information are explored. There may be members who sit on both Boards and this offers opportunities to develop direct formal links between the Boards. Some areas have one Chair for both the STSAB and STSCB, which further increases areas of common work.

2. Responsibilities to Safeguard Children

See Working Together to Safeguard Children, HM Government 2018

If a professional working with an adult becomes aware a child is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm, they have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child. All staff must be aware that where there is a concern that an adult experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect and there are children in the same household, the children too could be at risk.

As well as child protection issues, agencies or professionals who work with adults can also have a key role in referring a child for early help which means relevant services providing support as soon as a problem emerges at any point in a child’s life.

In such instances staff should make reference to the South Tyneside Safeguarding Children Procedures  and / or contact their local children’s social care (see Local Contacts).