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Inter-Agency Working

Multi-agency working also has a distinct advantage for general safeguarding policy design and day-to-day operations. Most SABs and their various subgroups will be made up of a range of attendees from agencies such as:

  • Local Authority departments such as Social Care, Public Health, Licensing, and Housing.
  • South Essex NHS Partnership Trust, Southend University Hospital Trust, and Southend Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Essex Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
  • East of England Ambulance Trust
  • Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
  • NHS England
  • Local housing associations and housing providers
  • The Probation Service and local rehabilitation organisations
  • Local colleges and universities
  • Southend Association of Voluntary Services

Representing various groups in SAB meetings ensures that the local community is best served by policies that are drawn up after careful consideration and following advice from a range of viewpoints. The presence of the various agencies also allows the SAB to co-ordinate services and monitor the effectiveness of the Board members’ policies and procedures, and working in conjunction with Essex and Thurrock SABs ensures an integrated and cohesive collection of policies and procedures across the county.