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:
- 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
- They lead and coordinate proactive work that aims to target particular groups; and
- They lead and coordinate arrangements for responsive work to protect children who are suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm
As from June 2006, Children's Services launched the Local Safeguarding Children Board website. This provides an online resource for Local Safeguarding Children Board members.