The Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board (PSCB) is the key statutory body overseeing arrangements for safeguarding children and young people across the City of Peterborough.
The statutory objectives and functions of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards as set out in Section 14 of the Children Act 2004 are;
- to co-ordinate what is done by each agency for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in the area; and
- to ensure the effectiveness of what is done for those purposes.
Governed by the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (Department for Education, March 2015), and the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Regulations 2006 , the Board is supported by a number of Sub-Committees and working groups in order to fulfil these objectives and functions.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.
The work of the PSCB includes
- Assessing the effectiveness of help provided to children and families, including early help
- Assessing whether partner agencies are fulfilling statutory obligations in relation to safeguarding children
- Quality assuring practice through joint audits of case files and identifying lessons to be learned
- Monitoring and evaluating effectiveness of training, including multi-agency training
- Developing and agreeing local policies and procedures; including action to be taken when there are concerns, thresholds for intervention and allegations against staff
- Raising awareness in the wider community of the need to safeguard children
The Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board has an Independent Chair and members are made up by Senior Managers from the following statutory and voluntary organisations:
To enable it to fulfil its responsibilities, Peterborough LSCB has established the following sub-groups
The Quality and Effectiveness Group sits beneath and reports to Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board (PSCB). The overall purpose of the group is to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by the local authority and board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
The group will:
- Require individual organisations who have a duty under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to self audit on a regular basis
- Develop joint audits of case files to identify the quality of practice and lessons to be learned
- Develop and scrutinise the PSCB performance report, highlighting where practice has fallen below an acceptable standard and ensuring action is taken
- Establish a culture of continuous improvment
The overall purpose of the Case Review Group is to ensure when a serious case review is required that the panel and process is robust and clear. To develop procedures in line with Chapter 4, Working Together 2015. Monitor action plans generated by a serious case reviews and to respond to new guidance and initiatives, amending procedures as required.
The child death overview panel is responsible for collecting and analysing information about the death of every child under 18 years old in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, with a view to:
- reduce the in numbers of child deaths
- prevent accidents to children
- identify of and understand the patterns of childhood death
- improve the interagency practice in this very sensitive area
- educate the public and professionals working with children
- highlight any matters of concern
- identify the need for a Serious Case Review
It also has the job of overseeing the process of conducting a rapid response by a group of key professionals to enquire into and evaluate each unexpected death of a child. It also has the job of overseeing the process of conducting a rapid response by a group of key professionals to enquire into and evaluate each unexpected death of a child. This applies to all babies/children resident in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, even if they are out of area at the time of death. Deaths of children who are normally resident in another area should also be reported and the information will be passed onto the relevant co-ordinator once a decision has been made as to who will co-ordinate the information gathering.
The overall purpose of the CSE group is to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the strategic and operational multi-agency response to Child Sexual Exploitation across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.
The overall purpose of the Joint Cambridgeshire and Peterborough LSCBs E-Safety group is to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by both local authorities and board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the real and virtual world and advise them on ways to improve.