The Safeguarding Unit (previously known as the conference and review unit) was established as part of the restructure of social care services in 1997. The unit became operational in July 1998. The primary purpose of the unit is to develop policies, procedural guidance and operational arrangements for child protection conferences and statutory child care reviews.
The main functions of the unit
Independent chairing of child protection conferences, looked after children and some children in need reviews
Co-ordinate and service the work of the multi agency Bury Safeguarding Children Board
Monitor and review, child protection and children in need policies, procedures and practices and ensure high quality consistent practices
Ensure the involvement of parents/carers and young people at meetings by promoting standards which enable their views to be heard
Collate information as requested by the Department for Children, schools and families and internal management team to improve service
Promote standards which value difference and treat people with respect
Facilitate open and effective communication networks, both internally and externally.
In September 2000, Bury launched the family group meetings service. The project co-ordinator is based within the Safeguarding Unit. Family group meetings is a decision making and planning process that enables families to find their own solutions to any difficulties facing them, by using the skills and expertise of both families and professionals to inform those decisions.
Conference and review procedures documents and further information (These documents will be made available via the links below as soon as possible)
Bury Safeguarding Procedures
Children in Need Procedures
Family Group Meetings Policy and practice guide.
The council places a great importance on its work to protect children. If you are aware of any child or children experiencing abuse of any kind, please contact children's social care services. The information you give will be treated in strict confidence.