A new vision for partnership in Bristol: Survey for Public Consultation

Agencies that work to safeguard children and adults in Bristol have to find ways of working together to keep the citizens of Bristol safe. We are planning to make some changes to how we organise our work and we would like to know what is most important to you.

Currently in Bristol we have a number of different multi-agency Boards which are all dedicated to partnership working, but with different responsibilities:

    • The Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board (BSAB) has oversight of the strategic safeguarding arrangements for adults with care and support needs that make them vulnerable to abuse and neglect.
    • Safer Bristol Partnership (SBP) is the crime and disorder board that tackles crime, anti-social behaviour and substance misuse
    • The Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) has oversight of the strategic safeguarding arrangements for children
    • The Children and Families Partnership Board (CFPB) commissions and delivers services that promote the health and wellbeing of children and families

The Boards include senior managers of services in Bristol such as social workers, mental health services, hospitals, GPs, police, fire and housing, and they meet regularly and work together so that Bristol citizens can live better lives. We want to make sure that adults and children in all our communities are safe in their homes, when they go out in the community and in places like hospitals. We want them to get help early and know where to go if they are being hurt so that professionals can support them to be safe.

The core partners which make up these Boards decided to look at all the arrangements and concluded that we could work together better by merging them all into a single partnership board.

The proposal is that the new Board will have ‘Executive’ function. This means that the members of the Board will be responsible for ensuring that services meet their statutory responsibilities and that services are safe and effective for the citizens in Bristol. The responsibilities of the Board are set out in the Care Act 2014; Children Act 2004, Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and associated guidance. The Board will have an Independent Chair to co-ordinate the decision making and ensure that the partners are following due process when making decision. It is also proposed that the Board will task planning groups that undertake specific and focussed work and will work with our neighbouring local authority areas to make improvements and share learning across the region.

We believe that doing this will have the following benefits:

  • We will have clearer oversight of crucial issues for the city so that our crime prevention and safeguarding systems work better together for citizens
  • We will be able to better tackle issues that affect adults and children such as organised crime, violence and exploitation
  • We will be able to implement initiatives that support people throughout their lifespan so that transitions between childhood and adult safeguarding, care and community safety services are smoother
  • We will make better use of public funds by using resources in a joined up way and reducing duplication

We are now seeking your views on the changes and asking what you think the priorities should be for the new Board in the next year. We have made a questionnaire for you to fill in to tell us your views.

If you are a member of the public and keen to have a say in our future arrangements please complete the survey found here: A new vision for partnership in Bristol

or follow this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SCSPTconsult. If you are a professional working with adults, children, or families in Bristol please highlight this survey to your organisation and service users. The survey is open until 10th May.

The consultation will also involve a series of public drop in sessions at community centres across Bristol. Dates and details for these sessions will follow.

UPDATE: The following drop in sessions have now been arranged. Stop by at any of the below times for a discussion about these proposals and what we should be focussing on in the future:


Drop-in session: Changes to partnership working in Bristol

All members of the public are welcome to stop by at any time during the session to learn about the proposed changes to partnership safeguarding arrangements in Bristol and for us to hear your views and priorities for the future.


Filwood Community Centre, Barnstaple Road, BS4 1JP

Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW

Bristol Community Links – North, Lanercost Road, Southmead, BS10 6HZ


Events Room

Graffiti Room

Activity Room


Tuesday 30th April

Wednesday 1st May

Friday 3rd May


2pm – 5pm




- Bristol Safeguarding Children Board

Our Partners:

Bristol City Council
Avon & Somerset Police