4 Why do we have a Safeguarding Children Board?
Section 13 of the Children Act 2004 requires each local authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) for their area and specifies the organisations and individuals (other than the local authority) that should be represented on LSCBs.
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 states that an LSCB must be established for every local authority area. The LSCB has a range of roles and statutory functions including developing local safeguarding policy and procedures and scrutinising local arrangements.
Section 14 of the Children Act 2004 sets out the objectives of LSCBs, which are:
- to coordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area; and
- to ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for those purposes.
South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board structure can be seen at appendix 1. There are several sub groups, and an executive group in addition to the main Board.
The remit of the Board is clearly outlined in its constitution appendix 2. It has a strong commitment from most of its partner agencies, all of whom sign up to the Memorandum of understanding appendix 3.
Board membership and attendance for the year 2014-15 can be seen at appendix 4. Attendance below 50% will be addressed by the Independent Chair. It has now become practice to directly challenge partner agencies whose attendance falls below the minimum standard.
During the year the Board has maintained key relationships with the Children’s Trust Board, the Health and Wellbeing Board, the Safeguarding Adults Board, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Police and Crime Commissioner. The Board also participates in the Avon & Somerset regional LSCB Consortium in working to address common safeguarding issues.