Safeguarding children & young people

The Manchester Safeguarding Partnership brings together a number of agencies across the city to ensure that there is a joined up approach to safeguarding children and young people.

Safeguarding means protecting a child’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about working together to support children and young people to make decisions about the risks they face in their own lives, and protecting those who lack the capacity to make these decisions.

We all share responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, whether as a parent or family member; a friend or neighbour; a teacher or carer; or as a paid or volunteer worker. This section of our website is for children and young people, their families and carers and the practitioners and volunteers who work with them.

It is increasingly important that members of the local community have an understanding of the work that is being carried out to help keep children and young people safe in Manchester. For this reason we have a section for the wider Manchester community and local businesses who we hope will help us ensure ‘safeguarding is everyone’s business’

To view our childrens safeguarding policies, please go to:  MSP Policies & Procedures – Children & Young People : Manchester Safeguarding Boards (

Our Vision

“Every Child in Manchester is safe, happy, healthy and successful. To achieve this we will: be child-centred; listen to and respond to children and young people; focus on strengths and resilience and; take early action.”

Our Values

Our values underpin and guide the work we do and are promoted by all partners:

  • all children should be safe from abuse and neglect
  • we prioritise the safety of children over everything else we do
  • we are committed to the changing needs of all children, particularly those who are vulnerable to risk
  • we collaborate with agencies and challenge them in a shared responsibility to safeguard children
  • we are dedicated to early help
  • we listen to children, young people, families, our practitioners and their managers – their involvement shapes what we do.

What is the MSP

Manchester Safeguarding Partnership (MSP) is a statutory multi-agency partnership established under the Children Act 2004 and subsequent legislation such as Working Together 2018.

We are not an operational body – our role is to monitor the quality and consistency of safeguarding practice and training across all our partner agencies, ensuring continuous improvement in practice and contributing to the broader planning, commissioning and delivery of services.

Our role  

Our main purpose is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Manchester. This is done by coordinating and challenging the safeguarding work of tour partners and ensuring that what they do is effective.

Our aim is that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. This means that:

  • all children grow up in a safe environment
  • all children and young people achieve their best in education, are ready for work, and have skills for life
  • all children grow up healthy and have improved life chances and
  • children who are looked after achieve at least as good outcomes as those who are not.

All partners are expected to support this aim and to deliver the highest standard of service.

The role of our members

Our members are people with a strategic role in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children within their organisation.

They are expected to be able to:

  • speak for their organisation with authority
  • commit their organisation on policy and practice matters
  • hold their organisation to account.

Our Governance Structure

The MSP consists of senior representatives of all the principle agencies and organisations whose staff come into contact with children and young people, their families and carers.

The Partnership has a number of subgroups which undertake specific tasks on its behalf.

Business Documents

You can find documents such as our vision, business plan and annual reports in our business documents resource.

Published Minutes

Copies of our published minutes can be found on our minutes pages.

Safeguarding Reviews 

The MSP has a statutory duty to have a learning and improvement framework, which helps all agencies work together to look at situations involving children and families where there has been good or concerning practice.

Find out more in our Child Reviews and Learning from Practice resources.

Affiliated Boards

We work in partnership with other strategic boards such as the Manchester Health & Well-being Board, the Manchester Community Safety Partnership and the Manchester Children’s Board.

For more information see our affiliated boards resource.

Legislation & government guidance

We are a statutory body and as such are the subject of government legislation.

Details can be found in our legislation and government guidance resource


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Latest News and Training & Events

We try to keep our news feed as up to date as possible and feature items of interest to practitioners and volunteers across our partnership.




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