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Working Together to Safeguard Children – Changes to Statutory Guidance

Following publication by the Department of Education of a revised Working Together Guidance in June 2018 there are some quite significant changes in relation to Local Safeguarding Children Boards:

Local Safeguarding Children Boards will be replaced by new local safeguarding arrangements, led by three safeguarding partners (local authorities, chief officers of police, and clinical commissioning groups).See attached pdf for further information regarding this. (Chapter 3 )

There are changes to the Serious Case Review process which will, in future, be referred to as Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews. See attached pdf for further information (Chapter 4)

There will be a duty on child death review partners (local authorities and clinical commissioning groups) to review the deaths of children normally resident in the local area – or, if they consider it appropriate, for those not normally resident in the area. See attached pdf for further information regarding this. (Chapter 5)

Plans for the new arrangements must be published by June 2019 with full implementation in place by September 2019.

Until these changes are implemented the information below about the BSCB is still relevant

The Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) is a statutory body established under the Children Act 2004. It is independently chaired and consists of senior representatives from the key agencies and bodies which have regular contact with children and young people or responsibility for services to them.

The statutory objectives of the BSCB are to:

  • Coordinate local arrangements to safeguarding and promote the welfare of children
  • Ensure that these arrangements are effective

The functions of Local Safeguarding Children Boards are set out in more detail in Working Together 2015: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and include:

  • Developing local policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
  • Communicating to local people and organisations the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, raising their awareness of how this can best be done and encouraging them to do so
  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of what is done by the authority and Board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advise them on ways to improve
  • Participating in the planning of services for children in the area of the authority
  • Undertaking reviews of serious cases and advising the authority and their Board partners on lessons to be learned.

Change to contact number for safeguarding children – the 0845 4600001 number quoted in the video below has now changed to 01296 383962.

The above video was commissioned by the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board and the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board as a joint venture. If other organisations wish to use this video please ensure that your website acknowledges this.

Vision and Values

Our Vision 

“A strong and shared safeguarding culture across partners ensures every child and young person in Buckinghamshire grows up safe from maltreatment, neglect and harm. Children and their parents receive the right help and support when they need it, leading to better outcomes for children and young people.”

Our Values

  • We will be honest and clear about the difference we are making for children and young people
  • We will respectfully challenge each other to ensure we are making a difference
  • We will all take responsibility for helping each other to improve outcomes for children and young people
  • We will value difference to help us to improve
  • We will look to hold to account rather than to blame
  • Everything we do will benefit children and young people in Buckinghamshire
  • We will be courageous
  • We are all in it together – as a Board we accept collective responsibility for our performance

Priorities

The BSCB priorities, and how we plan to achieve them, are set out in our BSCB Business Plan 2018-19 for which the priorities are:

  • Domestic Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Child Exploitation
  • Early Help
  • Partnership High Level Improvement Plan
  • Board Transformation Plan

Learning & Improvement Framework

To view the BSCB Learning & Improvement Framework, please click on the link below:

Learning and Improvement Framework 2017-18

Terms of Reference and Board Membership

The BSCB Terms of Reference set out the purpose and function of the Board. They also describe operational arrangements and governance and list current membership.

The BSCB Member Compact sets out the roles and responsibilities of all Board members.

Independent Chair: Fran Gosling-Thomas

Vice-Chair: Carolyn Morrice, Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust

Relationship with other Boards

The Joint Board Protocol sets out how the following Boards will work together to safeguard children, young people and adults who are vulnerable to abuse:

  • Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board
  • Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board
  • Health & Wellbeing Board
  • Safer & Stronger Bucks Partnership Board

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