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Glossary Term

Area Child Protection Committee

The Area Child Protection Committee (ACPC) is a local multi-agency forum that brings together representatives from each of the main agencies and professions responsible for helping to protect children from abuse and neglect.

The committee's responsibilities include developing and agreeing (within national guidelines) local policies and procedures for inter-agency work to protect children, and for ensuring their effectiveness.

Each local authority has to ensure that there is an ACPC covering its area (an ACPC may cover more than one local authority area). The Children Act 2004 requires local authorities to establish Local Safeguarding Children Boards by 2006; these will replace ACPCs.

The precise membership of each ACPC is determined locally, but as well as senior representatives from social services, education, health, the police and the probation service, ACPCs are likely also to include representation from local drug and alcohol misuse services, child and adolescent mental health services, youth offending teams, housing, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (when active in the area), and the voluntary sector.

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