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Children’s MARS arrangements

The Children’s Multi-Agency Resilience and Safeguarding (MARS) arrangements set out the arrangements for safeguarding partners to work together with other agencies, to identify and respond to the needs of children in North Lincolnshire

The intent of the Children’s MARS arrangements is to:

  • co-produce with children, young people and families using their strengths and assets to develop services to meet their individual needs
  • provide robust independent scrutiny and assurance to the partnership in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of child and young people in North Lincolnshire
  • make children’s safeguarding personal and swift so they remain in families, in school
  • build children, young people and families resilience
  • drive an even stronger partnership with schools, colleges and local agencies

Safeguarding Partners

In North Lincolnshire, the safeguarding partner organisations and the lead representatives are:

  • North Lincolnshire Council – Chief Executive
  • North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group – Accountable Officer
  • Humberside Police – Chief Constable

All three safeguarding partners have equal and joint responsibility for local safeguarding arrangements underpinned by equitable and proportionate funding including through any contributions from relevant agencies. Locally, the lead representatives have delegated their functions and each partners has a lead responsibility for a specific portfolio area, which contributes to the delivery plan, as follows:

  • Director of Children and Community Resilience, North Lincolnshire Council (Portfolio area – Stakeholder partnership, voice and engagement and Safeguarding Practice Review process)
  • Director of Nursing and Quality, North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (Portfolio area – Scrutiny and assurance and Training)
  • Designated Officer by the Chief Constable, Humberside Police (Portfolio area – Funding and Performance)

The Children’s MARS Board Memorandum of Understanding provides further clarity regarding the safeguarding partners’ roles and responsibilities.

Safeguarding Partners Multi-Agency Innovation Hub

The Multi-Agency Innovation Hub will support the development and implementation of the Children’s MARS arrangements and the child death review arrangements.  The Multi-Agency Innovation Hub will be responsive to need and demand and therefore take responsibility to ensure a collective delivery of the arrangements and prioritise developments agreed by the Children’s MARS Board.

To contact the Hub, please email mars@northlincs.gov.uk