Local Safeguarding Children Boards
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 (Details of who is represented on the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board can be found by following the link to the right of this page ).
The LSCB has a range of roles and statutory functions including developing local safeguarding policy and procedures and scrutinising local arrangements. HM Governments Working Together to Safeguard Children, the guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children sets out the statutory objectives and functions for LSCBs.
What is the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board here to do?
The Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB) is responsible for co-ordinating what is done by each person or organisation represented on the Board for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in Gloucestershire - and checking that what they do is effective. The Board functions include making sure safeguarding policies are in place; communicating the need to safeguard children; evaluating the effectiveness of what is done by Board partners to safeguard children; and making sure lessons are learnt from Serious Case Reviews. The GSCB also delivers, monitors and evaluates multi-agency training for a variety of frontline staff who work with children and young people.
The Executive of the Board is the committee that oversees the work of the sub groups, feeding information up to the larger Board. In the other direction, it takes information, ideas and concerns from the Board and considers how this should be actioned and which sub groups should be responsible. (Details of the GSCB Subgroups can be found by clicking the link to the left of this page).
Our learning and improvement framework
In June 2011, the GSCB introduced a Quality Assurance framework. The framework has been reviewed and updated in line with new versions of Working Together to Safeguard Children, the most recent review was in October 2015 following the release of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.