The Children Act 2004 places a duty on every local authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and the Government’s Statutory Guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) defines safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children 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 PSCB’s job is to have an overview of how effectively children are safeguarded and identify improvements where necessary, as set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015. For this reason, the PSCB is an independent body that can check on the work of all organisations working with children and families.
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 PSCB believes that:
The PSCB will further ensure that:
Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board is Independently chaired Dr Russell Wate QPM and members of the Board are made up by Senior Managers from the following agencies:
We also have representatives from educational establishments and 2 lay members
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.
To improve and develop safeguarding practice across the health economy. To support the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Boards and Safeguarding Adult Boards in fulfilling their statutory duties by working collaboratively with the Boards and their partner agencies.
To promote and retain a child/young person focus, recognising that each child/young person is unique, and having due regard to the diversity of race, language, culture, religion/faith and gender in generating better informed practice. The group will conduct business with a commitment to supporting and promoting the welfare of all children and young people in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. The group aims to ensure that Safeguarding is ‘everyone’s business’.