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Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding means protecting a child’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about working together to support children and young people to make decisions about the risks they face in their own lives, and protecting those who lack the capacity to make these decisions.We all share responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, whether as a parent or family member; a friend or neighbour; a teacher or carer; or as a paid or volunteer worker.



The Working Together to Safeguard Children – The Bradford Partnership brings together a number of agencies across the district to ensure that there is a joined up approach to safeguarding children and young people.

In March 2016 the Government accepted the recommendations of the Wood Review into Local Safeguarding Children Board arrangements. This led to changes embedded in the Children and Social Work Act 2017 as well as new guidance in Working Together to Safeguarding Children 2018. As a consequence of these changes the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) will cease to exist in September 2019 and following agreement between the three statutory partners for safeguarding in Bradford, Bradford Metropolitan District Council, West Yorkshire Police and  the three Clinical Commissioning Groups that cover the Bradford District, will be replaced by a new body Working Together to Safeguard Children – The Bradford Partnership.  

Attached are the new arrangements for The Bradford Partnership outlining the new working arrangements, priorities and key work areas and also the new arrangements for Child Death Reviews. These arrangements commenced as of 1st September 2019.


We are a multi-agency partnership established under the Children Act 2004 and subsequent legislation such as Working Together 2018.

We are not an operational body – our role is to monitor the quality and consistency of safeguarding practice and training across all our partner agencies, ensuring continuous improvement in practice and contributing to the broader planning, commissioning and delivery of services.

“The Bradford Partnership will work to ensure that children are safe and receive a quality service” 

  • The child is always at the centre.

  • There will be clear governance and accountability, clearly defined roles and responsibilities

  • There will be transparent, open and honest communication between all

  • We will foster continual improvement which includes learning from others

  • We will enable early support at the right time to build independence and self reliance

The Bradford Partnership consists of senior representatives of all the principle agencies and organisations whose staff come into contact with children and young people, their families and carers.

The Partnership has a number of subgroups which undertake specific tasks on its behalf.

For more information please visit our Improving Children's Social Care Services in Reponse to Ofsted page 

If you would like to comment about our website or enquire about the work of the Bradford Partnership please contact us on the details below:

Floor 6,
Margaret McMillan Tower,
Princes Way,

01274 434361

Please note – This is NOT an emergency or secure e-mail address.