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What is the Local Safeguarding Children Board?

Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) are the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations in each local area will cooperate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.

The scope of the LSCB role falls into three categories:

  1. They engage in activities that safeguard all children and aim to identify and prevent maltreatment, or impairment of health or development, and to ensure that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with safe and effective care
  2. They lead and coordinate proactive work that aims to target particular groups; and
  3. They lead and coordinate arrangements for responsive work to protect children who are suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.

LSCBs should have a clear and distinct identity.  It is the responsibility of the LA to appoint the LSCB Chair.

Membership of the LSCB is made up of senior managers from different services and agencies in a local area, including the independent and voluntary sector. In addition, the Board receives input from experts, for example, the designated nurse or doctor.

Barking and Dagenham Safeguarding Children Board Model

In addition to the main LSCB Board, there are various working groups:

  • Performance & Quality Assurance working group (PQA)
  • Learning and Development working group (LD)
  • Practitioner Forum (PF)
  • Multi Agency Audit Group (MAAG)
  • Early Help & Prevention Working Group (EH)
  • Serious Case Review (SCR) – This Committee is convened as required.
  • Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)
  • Young people’s safety group (YPSG)
  • Multi Agency Sexual Exploitation Group (MASE)

These operate in a dynamic and pro-active manner, to consider and deliver the Boards main functions, the main Board provides overview and scrutiny of the all committees.

The work and direction of these groups will be based on the Barking and Dagenham Safeguarding Children Board Business Plan, their experience with practice in partner agencies and the directives of the Local Safeguarding Children Board.

Statutory guidance on LSCBs

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

Chapter 3 of Working Together sets out the role, functions, governance and operation of LSCBs.