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Working Together 2018 New Arrangements

Working Together 2018 represents a significant milestone in the development of our collective arrangements to safeguard children and young people in Gloucestershire. It places a ‘shared and equal duty’ on NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Gloucestershire Constabulary and Gloucestershire County Council where, in the past, the local authority was the sole accountable body for local arrangements. We embrace those responsibilities and view this as a real opportunity to further embed child safeguarding considerations across our own agencies and the wider local partnership.    
The arrangements set out in this document are a transitional step on that journey.  They seek to build on the previous work of the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board, which will be replaced by these arrangements when fully implemented in July 2019. The new arrangements allow us to both build on past practice but also to develop our own local approach.  Learning from past incidents and embedding that learning within our organisations are matters that can now develop along local lines reflecting Gloucestershire's collective commitment towards a trauma informed and restorative approach to practice, informed by the learning from ACEs.  Our arrangements will continue to develop as confidence increases.  We welcome the contribution of our partners and stakeholders and community to what we would hope is an ongoing and rich conversation.

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