Governance Structure and Subgroups

Governance Structure


Executive Group

The Executive Group manages the business and operation of the Board. 


Case Review Panel

The group also undertake reviews of cases where there is serious cause for concern as to the way in which the Authority, their Board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child; and to advise on lessons that can be learnt. The group will also identify and manage Partnership Reviews of cases which do not meet the statutory Serious Case Review criteria but can provide valuable information about how organisations are working together and identify improvements.


Learning and Improvement Subgroup

Supports the SSP in fulfilling its statutory duty to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of Board partners to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advise them on ways to improve. This is achieved by monitoring a range of performance data, statutory and practice audits and quality assurance activity.


Exploitation and Online Safety Subgroup

The newly established group has an all-age approach incorporating adults as well as children which promotes co-ordinated thinking and delivery of services to safeguard children, young people, adults and their families/carers; in doing so the Group recognises  the broad and diverse range of safeguarding responsibilities and arrangements within the Suffolk Partnership. This method presents a positive opportunity to adopt a ‘Think Family’ approach to the planning and co-ordination of response to exploitation and online safety.



Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)

Reviews all child deaths up to the age of 18, excluding those babies who are stillborn and planned terminations of pregnancy carried out within the law by collating information on each child. The panel determine whether the death was deemed preventable, had modifiable factors that may have contributed to the death and makes recommendations to the LSCB, or other relevant bodies, promptly so that action can be taken to prevent future such deaths where possible.


Health Executive

The Health Executive subgroup is divided into a strategic Health Executive for Directors and a Health Safeguarding Operational group for Provider Named Professionals which now includes MASH Specialist Nurses.

The remit of the Health Executive subgroup is to ensure that all Directors are aware of issues raised by the SSP, to ensure that safeguarding risks and issues in their organisations are passed on through this group to the SSP.


Area Safeguarding and Child at Risk of Exploitation (CaRE) Network Group

The Area Network meetings are used to share information, deal with issues of safeguarding practice, learn from cases and capture good practice in the locality. The CaRE group element of the meeting aims to support local implementation and compliance with multi-agency policies and procedures for identifying, assessing and responding to child exploitation and to also facilitate effective local multi-agency coordinated response to safeguarding victims of child exploitation.


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