GSCB constitution and structure
Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults & Children Board Constitution
The GSCB has worked to align structure and priorities as closely as possible with the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (GSAB). Part of this process has been to look closely at the work of both Boards, bringing them together wherever there is an overlap. The purpose of the constitution is;
- To empower and protect children and those adults who are vulnerable
- To ensure appropriate safeguards are in place for adults who lack capacity in order to promote their rights
- To co-ordinate what is done by each person or organisation represented on the Boards for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults with care and support needs at risk in Gloucestershire - and making sure what they do is effective.
The constitution sets out the objectives and functions of the Boards as well as the responsibilities and expectations of Board members.
Which agencies are represented on the Board?
Members of the GSCB are people with a strategic role in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children within their organisation. They should be able to:
- speak for their organisation with authority;
- commit their organisation on policy and practice matters; and
- hold their own organisation to account and hold others to account.
We have three lay members who participate on the Board itself and on relevant committees. Our lay members help us make links between the GSCB and community groups, support stronger public engagement in local child safety issues and help us improve public understanding of the GSCB's child protection work.
The list of partner agencies/organisations
- Lay Members x 3
- 2gether NHS Foundation Trust
- BGSW Community Rehabilitation Company
- Cheltenham Borough Council
- Children & Family Court Advisory & Support Service (CAFCASS)
- Cotswold District Council
- County Councillor
- Diocese of Gloucester
- Forest of Dean District Council
- Further Education
- Gloucester City Council
- Gloucestershire Association of Primary School Heads (GAPH)
- Gloucestershire Association of Secondary School Heads (GASH)
- Gloucestershire Association of Special Schools Heads (GASSH)
- Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Foundation Trust
- Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
- Gloucestershire Constabulary
- Gloucestershire County Council
- Gloucestershire Crown Prosecution Service
- Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service
- Gloucestershire NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust
- HM Courts & Tribunal Services (Gloucestershire, Bristol & North Avon)
- National Probation Service
- NHS England
- South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust
- Stroud District Council
- Tewkesbury Borough Council
Protocol between Partnerships
In order for children to achieve outcomes in any other areas, they need to be safe and secure. Safeguarding is everyone's business and many different agencies and strategic partnerships are involved, working together to make the child's journey from needing help to receiving help as quick and easy as possible.
The aim of our working protocol between Gloucestershire Children's Partnership and Gloucestershire Health & Well-Being Partnership is to support three key partnerships to operate effectively in terms of safeguarding children, by being clear about their respective roles, responsibilities and relationship to each other.