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What does the KBSP do?

The Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership has responsibility for the statutory duties to: safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children as required by Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018; to help and protect adults at risk of neglect and/or abuse by delivering the functions of a Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) as required by The Care Act 2014; and to protect our local communities from crime and to help people feel safe by delivering the functions of a Community Safety Partnership Board (CSP) in accordance with the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

These statutory functions in Bristol were previously delivered by three separate partnerships: Bristol Safeguarding Children Board; Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board; and the Safer Bristol Community Safety Partnership. Following changes in legislation outlined in the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together 2018 that ended the local authority’s duty to have a Local Safeguarding Children Board and instead required three statutory partners (Local Authority, Police and Clinical Commissioning Group) to have a shared and equal duty to make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in a local area, partners in Bristol took the opportunity to review and restructure all the strategic arrangements across the safeguarding system. The Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership was created in June 2019, and constituted in September 2019.

We recognise the changing landscape of safeguarding and noted considerable and growing overlaps in the issues of concern to the BSCB, BSAB and CSP and the shortfalls that can result from silo working that these groups may inadvertently create. With the creation of the KBSP we want to support a whole system approach to safety and safeguarding.

The KBSP Local Arrangements 2019/20 document outlines the partnership arrangements and our priorities. The KBSP Terms of Reference and Constitution outlines the duties and resources of the partnership.

For more about the safeguarding children, visit Keeping Children Safe

For more about the safeguarding adults, visit Keeping Adults Safe

For more about community safety, visit Keeping Communities Safe