TSouthend Safeguarding Partners (SSP) are dedicated to improving the lives of the area’s children and young people. It aims to achieve this by working together with Essex Police, Health, Social Care, the Probation services, and representatives of the voluntary sector to design and implement robust and proactive safeguarding procedures. It also provides training opportunities for those working in childcare, education, health, or in allied fields, ensuring that the borough’s professionals consistently demonstrate best practice in protecting children’s welfare.
The SSP's remit is to ensure that local children and young people are safe, cared for, and protected from abuse, neglect, violence, and sexual exploitation. It also works to reduce the chances of children being harmed by exposure to crime and anti-social behaviour, bullying and discrimination, and accidental death and injury.
In order to promote depth of knowledge and a comprehensive provision across such a range of issues, the SSP group operates several sub groups to tackle individual aspects of child protection. These subgroups range from those advising on safer recruitment and private fostering arrangements, to those providing guidance for allegations against professionals and monitoring children who may be sexually exploited or missing from education, to those whose duty it is to respond to the lessons learnt through serious case reviews and child death panels.
It is the aim of SSP to offer information and guidance for those who are in need of it, whether they are professionals, voluntary workers, parents, friends and family, or children. For further information please call the SSP (Childrens) Business Manager or Administrator using the Children's Services number on this page. In the interest of measuring effectiveness, the LSBC also produces an annual report which can be found here