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This page is about the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board. If you have any concerns about a child please do not ignore these concerns. You can contact any professional involved with a child to discuss your concerns or you can talk to a local Children's Social Care Team. Information on how to do so can be found by following this link:- Concerned about a child
Bristol Safeguarding Children Board have published a newsletter for January 2013. This is the first of a twice yearly newsletter that will be published to provide information regarding the activity of the Board in Safeguarding Children in Bristol.
If you would like to discuss issues for inclusion in subsequent Newsletters please contact Adam Bond, Tel: 0117 9037780
The Children Act 2004 led to the establishment of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB's) replacing 'Area Child Protection Committees'.
The core duty of an LSCB is to ensure that there are adequate arrangements in place across agencies to protect children from harm. There are also obligations placed upon LSCBs to ensure that the welfare of children is promoted.
The core functions of an LSCB are set out within 'The Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations, 2005'. They range from the development of policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children to communication and awareness raising and to monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of safeguarding work within the local authority area. LSCB's also have a responsibility to carry out reviews of serious cases and, from April 2008, to have in place systems for responding to and analysing unexpected deaths of children.
The main function of Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) is to co-ordinate and lead work on child protection within Bristol. In doing so BSCB provides policies and procedures to enable those working with children & young people to actively ensure that they are working to safeguard the welfare of those children and young people. These policies and procedures, once implemented, are also audited to ensure they are improving the quality of services to children and young people in Bristol.
BSCB is made up of organisations and people working together to promote children's welfare and keep them safe. It includes Bristol City Council's Children and Young People's Services, the police, the probation service and the various primary and secondary (e.g. hospital services) NHS services.
BSCB comprises the Board, Executive Board and 6 further groups/sub-groups. The Board and Executive Board comprise representatives from a range of agencies and partners whose sole aim is to strengthen arrangements for keeping children and young people safe in Bristol;
Serious Case Review Sub-Group
Communication and Community Engagement Sub-Group
Groups and Networks:
E-Safety Working Group;
FGM Strategic Group;
Forced Marriage Working Group;
The BSCB also provides and supports the provision of training to agencies and groups within Bristol to ensure that policies and procedures are being used and implemented. Once a year, in April/May, the BSCB run a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Conference. The Board meet annually four times and Executive Board six times.
Policy, procedure and guidance for practitioners and their managers adopted by the Board can be found in the section 'Safeguarding for professionals'.
BSCB produce an annual report combined with the coming years business plan. The first annual report was published in 2006 following the establishment of the Safeguarding Children Board. BSCB Annual Reports and the most recent Business plan are available here:
BSCB produce an annual newsletter, previous years newsletters can be found here:
BSCB has a Strategic Plan which informs the work that it undertakes within the annual business plan. The Strategic Plan is being reviewed and a new plan will be produced for 2012. the current Strategic plan is available here:
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Bristol Safeguarding Children Board City Hall College Green Bristol, BS1 5TR
- Work: 0117 903 7786
- Fax: 0117 903 7153