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About the BSCB

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 function 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

  • Develop local policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
  • Communicate 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
  • Monitor and evaluate 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
  • Participate in the planning of services for children in the area of the authority
  • Undertake reviews of serious cases and advise the authority and their Board partners on lessons to be learned.

Annual Report 

The BSCB annual report, which is published each autumn, evaluates the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements for children and young people in Buckinghamshire. It also sets out areas for development. 

BSCB Annual Report 2015-16

BSCB Annual Report 2014-15

Children & Young People’s version of Annual Report 2014-15

BSCB Annual Report 2013-14

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 Work Plan.
2017-18 priorities are:

  • Priority 1 – Domestic Abuse
  • Priority 2 – Children with Disabilities
  • Priority 3 – Neglect
  • Priority 4 – Child Exploitation
  • Priority 5 – Workforce
  • Priority 6 – Impact and Effectiveness of the Board

Learning & Improvement Framework

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

Learning & Improvement Framework

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

  • Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board
  • Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board
  • Children & Young People’s Joint Executive Team
  • Corporate Parenting Panel
  • Health & Wellbeing Board
  • Safer & Stronger Bucks Partnership Board
  • Buckinghamshire County Council Health & Adult Social Care Committee (HASC)
  • Buckinghamshire County Council Children’s Social Care & Learning Committee