Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership’s (NSCP) initiative Joint Agency Group Supervision (JAGS) highly commended at the Centre for Child Protection’s Collaboration Awards 2022

24th November 2022

The Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership new Joint Agency Group supervision (JAGS) initiative has been highly commended for Celebrating Outstanding Collaborative Practice in Child Protection as part of the Centre for Child Protection’s Collaboration Awards.

The multidisciplinary awards panel comprised of representatives from health, education, police, third sector, social work and fostering believed that the Joint Agency Group Supervision (JAGS) initiative was an impressive nomination and excellent example of partnership working with strengths in child protection, creativity, collaboration, and impact.

Cllr John Fisher, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “JAGS is an important initiative and an excellent example of creativity and impact in multi-agency child protection work. “We are embracing it here at Norfolk Children’s Social Care, it facilitates learning, shared ideas and action so our social workers and professionals from different organisations can work more closely and effectively together on complex cases to protect children and young people.”

Chris Robson, Independent Chair of NSCP, said “Our partnership is constantly looking to improve how we work together, and this initiative is a brilliant example of why we’re so committed to bringing partners together to improve outcomes for the children and families we work with. This recognition is testament to the hard work that can often go unseen, but ultimately means that families receive more consistent support when they have multiple services looking to support them.”

Lucy Parsons, Named Professional Safeguarding Children of the Norfolk and Waveney Children and Young People’s Health Services (part of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust) said: “I have had the pleasure of being involved in developing the Joint Agency Group Supervision (JAGS) from the beginning and I am really proud that the hard work from all of the professionals who have supported the JAGS has been recognised as a highly commended piece of outstanding multi-agency work.”

Rachel Holman, Senior Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board said: “Integrated care is about removing traditional divisions between services, so people and communities get the support and care that they need. JAGS is an excellent example of how when we work together, we can provide the most effective support for children, young people and families.”

Tricia D’Orsi, Director of Nursing at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board said: “I’m extremely proud of all the hard work that has gone into this initiative. No child or adult should be made to feel unsafe, all of us have a role to play in safeguarding and working together we are much more effective in keeping our communities safe.”

The Centre for Child Protection’s 10th Anniversary Celebratory Awards Event which took place on Wednesday 9th November 2022 marked the coming together of child protection practitioners, alumni, collaborators, and academic colleagues and celebrated everyone’s achievements of strong multi-agency practices and outstanding collaborative work across disciplines.