Independent Scrutiny

The Purpose of Independent Scrutiny

The Independent Scrutineer (IS) will serve as a constructive critical friend, offering an independent high challenge and high support perspective. As set out in Working Together 2018, the role of IS will be to provide:  

  1. Assurance in judging the effectiveness of multi-agency arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children and young people in a local area, including arrangements to identify and review serious child safeguarding cases.

  2. Support to help the safeguarding partners consider the leadership of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements

  3. Support for a culture and environment conducive to honest reflection, constructive challenge, and continuous improvement.

Meet our Independent Scrutineer: David Goosey

As Independent Scrutineer, my role is to assure the Safeguarding Children Partnership in Lambeth that the multi-agency arrangements are effective. That means judging how effectively the arrangements are working for children and families as well as practitioners and how well the safeguarding partners are providing strong leadership. I explore the Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews conducted by the Partnership and help to ensure lessons are learned.


I am a registered social worker with nearly 40 years’ experience.


In addition to my role in Lambeth, I am the Independent Scrutineer for the

Safeguarding Children Partnerships in Lewisham and Northamptonshire and

I Chair the Safeguarding Adult Board in Portsmouth.