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Collaboration is how to keep children safe, so why aren’t we all working together?

Safeguarding leads need to work more closely with other allied agencies, writes an anonymous teacher

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The training session begins, as always, with introductions. Stifling a 1980s flashback of Cilla Black presenting Blind Date, I listen as my colleagues say who they are and where they’ve come from.

The Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) encourage a multi-agency approach and today is the usual mix: two social workers, plus two in training; a pair of foster carers; a children’s home manager; three Children’s Centre family co-ordinators; two health visitors; four Youth and Family Support workers; two ladies from traveller services; and me.

I am the only Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – ...

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