What, When and Why?
Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) were established by the Children Act 2004, giving statutory responsibility to each locality to have this mechanism in place. LSCBs are now the key system in every locality of the country for organisations to come together to agree on how they will cooperate with one another to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
The purpose of this partnership working is to hold each other to account and to ensure safeguarding children remains high on the agenda across their region.
In May 2011 Professor Munro set out in the Munro Report the important role that Local Safeguarding Children Boards have in monitoring the effectiveness of partner agencies and recognised that they are key to improving multi-agency working, to support and enable partner organisations to adapt their practice and become more effective in safeguarding children.
Munro states that Local Safeguarding Children Boards are:
‘…well placed to identify emerging problems through learning from practice and to oversee efforts to improve services in response.’
The Main Responsibilities of LSCB are to co-ordinate and quality assure safeguarding children activities of member agencies.
The Key Principles of Plymouth’s Safeguarding Children Board are
- That safeguarding Children and Young People is everyone’s responsibility.
- To ensure that the duty to safeguard the welfare of our children and young people will come first in all our considerations.
- To ensure services to children and families take account of culture and diversity.
- That it is parents and carers who have the primary responsibility to protect and promote the welfare of the child within their family. Wherever possible, all our work with children will be in partnership with the parent to assist them in these responsibilities.
- That children will be actively involved throughout all the activities that relate to their individual welfare.
The Board is a multi agency grouping, with education, education welfare, social care, health, psychology services, university, police and the community/voluntary sector being present