What is the LSCB ?

 

The LSCB is a partnership established by the 2004 Children Act, every local authority area must have one.  The guidance concerning the LSCB can be found at the following site :

 

"Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2015";

 

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding children means:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully

 

All this means that the LSCB must ensure that children are safeguarded in such a way as to improve all outcomes detailed in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’.  Protecting children and young people from harm remains a key goal and the LSCB will ensure this is its top priority.


The LSCB has a wider remit than just child protection, but what is safe.


The LSCB has two core objectives:

 

  • to co-ordinate 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 of the authority; and
  • to ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for that purpose

 

Coordinating involves:

 

  • developing policies and procedures (child protection, training, employment, investigating allegations against staff and volunteers, privately fostered children, and cooperation with neighbouring authorities, a coordinated response to unexpected child deaths);
  • participating in the planning of services to children;
  • communicating and promoting safeguarding

 

Ensuring effectives involves:

 

  • Monitoring the effectiveness of safeguarding work by:
  • carrying out audits;
  • looking at how agencies are performing; and
  • measuring how well children are being safeguarded.
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