Welcome to Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children

What is safeguarding?

In Greater Manchester all children and young people should all be able to grow up in circumstances where they are safe and supported, so that they can achieve their optimal outcomes throughout childhood, their teenage years and into adulthood. Although safeguarding children and young people is the responsibility of all adults, Government established Local Safeguarding Children Boards to ensure the safeguarding and promoting of the welfare of children is effectively coordinated.

To achieve this, agencies need to work together to promote children’s welfare and prevent them from suffering harm. Children who are being or who are likely to be harmed are safeguarded best when safeguarding procedures are consistent across Greater Manchester.

These Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures have been produced to reflect a multi agencies approach to safeguarding children and young people and incorporate legislation, national guidance, best practice and minimum service standards. These procedures will continually be updated to ensure that all the latest guidance, research and practice-based evidence for securing the best possible outcomes for children and their families is captured.

The Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership (GMSP) is a cooperative partnership of the 10 Local Safeguarding Boards of Greater Manchester. It supports collaborative projects to help partners share best practice and work better together to provide a more consistent service to safeguard children.

Each of the 10 Local Authorities have a nominated member on the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership. Key partner agencies also have at least one nominated member, including the Police, Health, Probation Service, Coroner’s Service, Youth Offending Services and Fire and Rescue.