Darlington Safeguarding Partnership Protecting Children and Adults

What is Darlington Safeguarding Partnership?

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership (DSP) was established in accordance with the Children Act 2004 (as amended by Children and Social Work Act 2017) and Chapter 3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.

Safeguarding responsibilities are placed on police, health and local authorities to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  The three organisations have equal responsibility for setting out the safeguarding arrangements in Darlington.

Although the statutory guidance is applicable for child safeguarding, the Statutory Safeguarding Partners in Darlington agreed the arrangements will cover Child and Adult Safeguarding arrangements.

The new arrangements provide a greater opportunity of strengthening partnership working across adults and children, ensuring everyone in Darlington can live their lives, safely.

Within the following website you will discover information for reporting a concern for both adults and children, training opportunities and advice and guidance

Darlington Safeguarding Board – Home (darlington-safeguarding-partnership.co.uk)

Training opportunities for Registered Charities and Voluntary Community Groups.  There are no charges for registered charities or Voluntary Community groups within the Borough of Darlington. Unless they book a place and do not attend without prior cancellation.

For more information please click on this link Darlington Safeguarding Board – Training Programme (darlington-safeguarding-partnership.co.uk)

Teeswide Safeguarding Adults

Tees Safeguarding Adults Board

The Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board (TSAB) is the statutory body that sets the strategic direction for safeguarding adults.

The Board is responsible for protecting and promoting an adult’s right to live an independent life, in safety, free from abuse and neglect in the Boroughs of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-On-Tees.

The Board is made up of six statutory partners:

  1. Cleveland Police
  2. Hartlepool Borough Council
  3. Middlesbrough Borough Council
  4. Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
  5. Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
  6. Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

There are a number of other member organisations across the statutory, voluntary and community sectors involved in safeguarding adults across Tees. The Board also has strong links with local strategic partners including the Tees Safeguarding Children Partnerships.

The statutory requirements of the TSAB are to:

  • Produce an Annual Report
  • Produce a Strategic Plan
  • Conduct Safeguarding Adults Reviews

Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board (tsab.org.uk)

You will find a range of free resources including posters and leaflets for your village hall or community buildings

Leaflets & Posters | Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board (tsab.org.uk)

Where to find support in your local area

Find Support in Your Area | Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board (tsab.org.uk)

You can access free training within the Tees Area for statutory, voluntary or not for profit organisations – through the E-Learning portal or the training Course & Events Section

Safeguarding All (Adults & Children) E-Learning | Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board (tsab.org.uk)

The Board hosts its own Social Media and You Tube Channels, here you will find important updates on legislation, awareness days and the multi-agency training courses available to book.

For more information please visit / follow:- @TeeswideSAB

Safeguarding Children’s Partnerships Stockton, Hartlepool and South Tees

Tees Safeguarding Children’s Partnership

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility and the Tees Safeguarding Children Partnerships bring together people who work with children and their families to ensure that the safety and welfare of children is at the heart of their work.  We lead the work to safeguard children across our regions.

The aim of the Tees Safeguarding Children Partnerships is to make sure those who work with children and their families do it well and keep children safe. The Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership meetings are attended by professionals from the local authority, health services, the police, and relevant partners.

The Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership’s Procedures Group is attended by representatives from both the Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSSCP) and South Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership (STSCP).  The group meets six weekly to review and develop Tees-wide Safeguarding Children procedures which are held on this website.  (The Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership’s Procedures Group Terms of Reference can be found here)

Their website gives children and young people, their families and communities and professionals useful information about how organisations work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. 

Home (teescpp.org.uk)

Hartlepool & Stockton-On-Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership

The Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSSCP) is attended by professionals from the Local Authority, Health Services, Police, Probation, Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS), Schools, the Voluntary Sector, Lay Members and many others. HSSCP brings together people who work with children and their families to ensure that the safety and welfare of children is at the heart of their work. HSSCP leads the work to safeguard children in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees.

HSSCP has a range of roles and statutory functions including:

  • Developing local safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Scrutinising local arrangements

The aim of HSSCP is to make sure those who work with children and their families do it well and keep children safe.  Their website has information for children & young people, parents & carers and information for professionals

Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSSCP) 

South Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership

The STSCP supports and enables local organisations and agencies in Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland to work together in a system which places the child at the heart of the process and aims to ensure that:

  • children are safeguarded and their welfare promoted;
  • partner organisations and agencies collaborate, share and co-own the vision for how to achieve improved outcomes for vulnerable children;
  • organisations and agencies challenge appropriately and hold one another to account effectively;
  • there is early identification and analysis of new safeguarding issues and emerging threats;
  • learning is promoted and embedded in a way that local services for children and families can become more reflective and implement changes to practice;
  • information is shared effectively to facilitate more accurate and timely decision making for children and families.

Professionals/practitioners from the council, health services, police, probation, schools, voluntary sector, Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS), and many others are represented on the STSCP.

STSCP has a range of roles and statutory functions including developing local safeguarding policies and procedures, and scrutinising local arrangements.

Website also has space for children, parents and professionals.

Homepage | South Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership (STSCP)


NEW DEAL? NEW RULES. Access free EU Business Support to make sure you’re up-to-date

Doing business with Europe has changed. Even though a EU–UK Trade Agreement is in place, there are still important steps you might need to take to make sure your business complies with the new rules.

If your business is based in Tees Valley, then Tees Valley Business’s EU Exit Support Team is on-hand with free support to help you keep your business moving, and to support you to make the most of any new opportunities.

Keep your business moving…

It’s important to make sure you have everything covered so that your business can continue to operate without interruption.

Even if you do not trade internationally, there are still things you need to consider. For example:

  • Will your supply chain be impacted?
  • Do you employ workers from outside the UK?
  • What are the VAT implications for your business?
  • Do any Patents or Trademarks need attention?
  • How might the changes impact working online?
  • Do you travel for business?

Make the most of new opportunities…

There are also plenty of new opportunities which could support your business growth.

From tapping into new growth sectors, to accessing new international markets and securing Government grants to help meet new demand.

Access free support for your businesses…

If your business is based in Tees Valley there is funded support available through Tees Valley Business to help you navigate the changes and opportunities.

You can contact the EU Exit Support Team via a FREE 24hr helpline for a quick answer to any specific questions you might have, and to access relevant guidance and information.

If you need more intensive support the team can also arrange a 1-2-1 appointment with an EU Exit Adviser for you. A specialist adviser can run a ‘health check’ to make sure you have everything covered and put your mind at rest, or they can help you find out about additional grant support that may be available.

Call the FREE 24hr helpline now on 01642 662778, or get in touch by emailing eubusinesssupport@teesvalley-ca.gov.uk

You can also visit https://www.teesvalleybusiness.com/support-for-businesses/eu-transition/ for more information.

Everyone will benefit from Census 2021

Households across Tees Valley will be asked to take part in Census 2021 this spring.

The census, run by the Office for National Statistics, is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Understanding the needs of the nation helps everyone from central government to organisations, such as councils and health authorities, plan and fund public services across England and Wales. Census outputs inform where billions of pounds of public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries.

Information from the census is also important in helping lots of other people and organisations do their work.

Charities and voluntary organisations often use it as evidence to get funding. It helps businesses to understand their customers and, for example, decide where to open new shops. Plus, those doing research, like university students and people looking into their family history, use census data. It provides important information on population diversity, allowing organisations to know whether they are meeting their responsibilities and triggering action where necessary.

Census 2021 will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“The census provides a unique snapshot of our communities,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at ONS, said. “It benefits everyone. Based on the information you give, it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GP’s and dentist’s services.

“No-one should miss out. Everyone can complete online with a new search-as-you-type ability and paper forms for those who need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households will soon receive letters with online codes explaining how they can take part. The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit census.gov.uk or contact Nick Dent, the Census Engagement Manager for Darlington and Stockton on Tees.

Engagement Leaflet English


North East Forum on Ageing

NEFA is aware that now, more than ever, it is important that the voices of organisations in the North East and the people that they represent are both listened to and acted upon.

The network already many embraces many local groups and individuals with an estimated reach of over 30,000 older people but is hoping to expand this number by welcoming others who share similar aims in order to provide a unique resource for the public, private, third and academic sectors to access the opinions, knowledge and experience of older people to bring about improvements in Health & Wellbeing.

NEFA’s Constitutional Objectives are to:

Ensure older people’s voices are heard at a local, regional and national level
Promote a positive image of older people in society
Increase confidence and knowledge of member organisations

It is free to join NEFA and the benefits include:

  1. Regular meetings with partner organisations to share good practice and ideas and shared bulletins
  2. Collaborations involving member organisations recording the views of their members and users which in turn reach wider audiences through increased social media and online coverage. (Website, Twitter, E-bulletins, Facebook and press releases).
  3. Increased possibility of future partnership funding collaborations through the network (a new funding platform is currently under review)
  4. Findings of regional consultations will have the increased strength of numbers and diversity resulting in an ability  to increase the possibility of reaching those in positions of influence

Please sign up so that organisations throughout the whole of the North East – Northumberland, Newcastle , Gateshead, South Tyneside , Sunderland, Darlington, Durham, Redcar, Cleveland and North Tyneside can work closely together to help improve lives.

If you wish to join us please visit https://nefa.org.uk/joinus/

Please find attached documents detailing the work and ethos of NEFA.

Information about NEFA NEFA-Strategic-Plan


Tees Valley Warm Homes Fund

Free central heating systems up for grabs thanks to the

Tees Valley Warm Homes Fund.

Councils across the Tees Valley, led by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, have secured nearly £6.1 million from a national fund which has been established by National Grid and is administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions. It’s invaluable support to households who do not already have central heating and may be struggling to afford to stay warm.
To qualify you must live in one of the Tees Valley local authority areas (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees), not currently have central heating and either own the property you live in or have permission from the owner.
The scheme is operating on a first-come, first-served basis, and applications will close once all the funds have been allocated.
Find out more info and how to apply 👉 here or simply call the team on 01642 526100 and the advisers will take it from there. It is the same phone number for everyone, no matter where in the Tees Valley you live.
If you think that someone might be interested in the Tees Valley Warm Homes Fund but they’re not on social media, please let them know so that we reach everyone who might benefit.

Workshop 3 East Cleveland Village Big Local

East Cleveland Villages Big Local next interactive zoom workshop is tomorrow at 6pm.

Join in the online discussions or even just see how the last ones have been going by clicking on the links on this page.

There is still time to get involved pop an email to info@teesvalleyruralaction.co.uk we will ensure Kevin and Jeanette get you registered for the zoom meeting and send you the links to get involved

Workshop 3 Running order

Outcomes from Workshops


East Cleveland Villages Big Local Plan & Review Meetings Continue

It is never too late to get involved in developing the plan for East Cleveland Villages Big Local. Last week some local residents and businesses got together on zoom to talk about the things that were important to them for their area and to revisit the consultation that was undertaken late last year.  Tonight we will be firming up the priorities for the new plan and the documents which accompany this post will help to focus the discussion.  Some of you will have been involved in consultations late last year where these priorities were identified and we are now at a stage where the plan is being written.

Our next zoom meeting is tonight at 6.00 p.m. and if you have not been involved before but are interested in becoming involved please contact info@teesvalleyruralaction.co.uk


Further background reading for workshops can be found on the following links

Where to Now – the final 5 years


Big Local partnershipsEast Cleveland Villages BL Plan FINAL 190516

East Cleveland Villages BL Plan FINAL 190516

Ideas from ConsultationsECV Plan to Local Trust July 2013

Ideas from Consultations