Nigel Boulton, Russell Wate QPM

Multi-agency Safeguarding in a Public Protection World


A handbook for protecting children and vulnerable adults

Multi-agency Safeguarding in a Public Protection World translates the processes, guidelines and language practitioners need to keep vulnerable people safe.



Any practitioner who begins work in the difficult and unique professional arena of public protection feels that they are entering a different world, made up of its own unique processes and guidelines and which, on many occasions, appears to have a language all of its own.

For the first time, Multi-agency Safeguarding in a Public Protection World gives practitioners of whatever profession an overview of the major and very different areas of public protection practice. It aims to translate the processes, guidelines and language to enable them to have a workable understanding of the varied areas of practice that may impact their own working lives.

As well as exploring the law and guidance for each, this book identifies some key learning points and case studies to assist practitioners to better understand the world of public protection in all its guises.

Multi-agency Safeguarding in a Public Protection World contains a foreword by Lord Laming, who chaired the public enquiry into Victoria Climbie’s death and wrote the report ‘The Protection of Children in England: A Progress Report after the death of Baby P.

All author royalties from the sales of this book will go to charity. Russell Wate has chosen to donate his royalties to Embrace Child Victims of Crime and Nigel Boulton will donate his royalties to The Victoria Climbié Foundation.


Multi-agency Safeguarding in a Public Protection World is intended to be useful to all professionals, regardless of role, experience or status within the public, private and voluntary sectors, who may need a swift and important insight into a professional world that they may not be wholly conversant with.

This could include not just police investigators, but all specialist practitioners, whether working in social work, probation, health services and education, not forgetting the key role that voluntary sector workers play in keeping vulnerable people safe.


ISBN: 9781910366387
Publication: 14 April 2015
Content: Foreword by Lord Lamming
Chapter 1: Safeguarding children
Chapter 2: Complex child abuse
Chapter 3: Domestic violence and abuse
Chapter 4: Safeguarding vulnerable adults
Chapter 5: Sexual violence
Chapter 6: Internet safeguarding
Chapter 7: Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)
Chapter 8: Information sharing and intelligence-led safeguarding
Chapter 9: Channel: Safeguarding individuals vulnerable to radicalisation.


Russell Wate QPM is a retired police officer who for the last six years of his service was the Detective Chief Superintendent for the Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

Before his promotion to Chief Superintendent he was responsible for the investigation into the recovery of the bodies of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, and was subsequently fully involved in the Bichard Inquiry. He has received 14 commendations from judges and senior officers for investigations he has led.

He has strong operational and strategic understanding of public protection having worked in the field for over 20 years; the first five of these were working jointly in operational settings with social care and other partners.

He worked at a national level for government and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in relation to policy and standards issues concerning the safeguarding of children, in particular as the national police lead for the investigation of child deaths. He played a key role in the implementation of the statutory guidance to prevent future child deaths through Working Together to Safeguard Children (2006). He was a member of the team that produced Working Together to Safeguard Children (2010) and a key member of Professor Munro’s review of child protection in 2011.

He was the independent chair of the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and is now the chair for Peterborough’s LSCB and Safeguarding Adults Board. During his time at Hammersmith and Fulham he chaired a serious case review panel that received an outstanding evaluation from Ofsted. He carries out training and has conducted a number of domestic homicide reviews (DHRs), including four of the seven recent DHRs for Safe Durham Partnership. He has also carried out serious case reviews and many other reviews, 18 within the last 12 months, abroad as well as in this country.

In the 2008 Birthday Honours, Russell was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for his work nationally both as a detective and in safeguarding.

Nigel Boulton served as a police officer for 31 years with Devon and Cornwall Police. He now runs a consulting company and associates network providing expertise regarding the design and delivery of true Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASHs), their connection to all early intervention and safeguarding practice as well as the early identification of risk to vulnerable people through analysis. He also runs an associated company providing specialist safeguarding training for health professionals and bespoke courses in connection with information sharing and intelligence led safeguarding.

Nigel spent most of his career as a Detective serving for 11 years as a Detective Superintendent leading and managing the investigation of Homicide and Serious and Organised Crime enquiries. He worked extensively in the UK and abroad. He spent the final three years of his service as the head of Crime and Operations for a Basic Command Unit.

It was during this period that he designed and delivered the original concept of Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs the true design of which draws on his experiences dealing with risk assessment and decision making in relation to extremely sensitive intelligence.

As well as providing consulting services through his company, Nib Consulting, he supports the Local Government Association peer review process as a specialist peer in relation to safeguarding.


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