Child protection guidance states “everyone who works with children has a responsibility for keeping them safe… no single professional can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances”. As such, multi-agency working is necessary when assessing a child’s wellbeing or meeting to draw up a child protection plan. Representatives may attend to offer their input about the best kind of care for the child, and those with a professional interest may include:
Representing various groups in SSCP meetings ensures that the local community is best served by policies that are drawn up following advice from a range of viewpoints. The presence of the various agencies also allows the SSCP to co-ordinate services and ensure the effectiveness of the board members’ policies and procedures.