Working with partner agencies

Families Matter


We want to ensure that children, young people and families receive the best possible support at times of need in order to address and resolve issues rapidly and effectively. Families Matter is Southwark’s approach to ensuring children, young people and families are provided with the right support at the right time to prevent problems from escalating.

Families Matter will be used by the council and its partners to improve a range of outcomes for families including emotional, educational, physical and mental health and reducing the need for statutory intervention through child protection and care proceedings. It builds upon the strengths of our existing, successful provision to ensure we have the right pathways and range of services to provide effective and timely support to children, young people and families that is clearly targeted towards their specific levels of need.

Please read the Families Matter Strategy to find out more about this new way of working in Southwark.

Southwark Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB)

The aim of the SSCB is to make sure that children and young people in Southwark are kept safe from harm and abuse. Its job is to co-ordinate the work of everyone working with children and their families so they can protect children effectively.

Download the agenda & minutes of recent Board meetings here. (link to download)