It’s likely that you already know Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) are set to be replaced this year, but do you know why there’s no longer a need for LSCBs, what is going to replace them, and if these changes will affect your safeguarding training?
What is a Local Safeguarding Children Board?
If you work with or around children and young people in the United Kingdom, and you have attended or completed any form of safeguarding training, you will know that your Local Safeguarding Children Board plays a critical role in protecting the welfare of young people in your locality. Every local authority has its own Local Safeguarding Children Board. The Local Safeguarding Children Board operates on a multi-agency level and is often the first point of contact for any non-emergency safeguarding concerns that might occur in a school, workplace, at home, or elsewhere. The Local Safeguarding Children Board is in charge of publishing important safeguarding guidance, policies, and procedures for the local area, in line with current government guidance.
Every Local Safeguarding Children Board will have a Chair, who is always someone who does not work for social services, but they will have a close relationship with the Director of Children’s Services in the locality. Every Local Safeguarding Children Board will also have representatives from other agencies such as the police, probation services, healthcare services, youth offending teams, and any other individuals or organisations whose work relates to children in the community.
Typically, the Local Safeguarding Children Board will play a centre-stage role in any local safeguarding incident and the team will handle a lot of confidential documentation and information relating to ongoing child protection cases.
Why are Local Safeguarding Children Boards being replaced?
In June 2018, the government announced that all local authorities would need to make arrangements to replace their Local Safeguarding Children Boards by September 2019. Instead of each locality having access to a Local Safeguarding Children Board, the government wants each locality to have access to a team of Safeguarding Partners, who will work collaboratively to strengthen the child protection and safeguarding system.
What is a Safeguarding Partner?
The move to replace the Local Safeguarding Children Board will introduce a team of Safeguarding Partners to each locality. These Safeguarding Partners will be a team of key professionals from three sectors: the local authority; the clinical commissioning group for any area that falls under the local authority; and the chief officer of police for any area that falls under the local authority.
Together, these Safeguarding Partners will be in charge of agreeing on and implementing new safeguarding strategies that will strengthen their multi-agency working and, in turn, improve the provision of safeguarding and child protection arrangements in the local area. In order to achieve this, the Safeguarding Partners must set out how they will work together with all relevant agencies and make clear their arrangements for conducting local reviews.
Do I need to report my safeguarding concerns to Safeguarding Partners?
Until the official handover of local area safeguarding responsibilities from Local Safeguarding Children Boards to Safeguarding Partners in September 2019, you must continue to work with your Local Safeguarding Children Board on all safeguarding and child protection activity.
Where can I get more information about Safeguarding Partners?
The announcement to make the switch from Local Safeguarding Children Boards to Safeguarding Partners was made in the updated statutory government guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children, which was published in 2018.
The government also published transitional guidance for Local Safeguarding Children Boards, local authorities, Safeguarding Partners, child death review partners, and the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. This document contains focused information on the switch from Local Safeguarding Children Board to Safeguarding Partners.
Do I need to update my safeguarding training to reflect the changes?
It is very important to keep up to date with your safeguarding training at all times, because statutory guidance and safeguarding policies and procedures change frequently, and it is your responsibility to know about these changes if you work with or around children and young people in the United Kingdom.
At the Child Protection Company, we specialise in delivering online and face-to-face safeguarding training to individuals in a number of sectors. Unlike other training providers, our courses are not a ‘one size fits all’ experience. We cater to the unique needs of each sector, to deliver safeguarding training that is specific to your working environment, including relevant case studies and downloadable content.
Where can I learn more about reporting my safeguarding concerns?
If you would like to learn more about safeguarding and the correct procedures for reporting any incidents or concerns you might have, we recommend you take a safeguarding training course.
Safeguarding training is a legal requirement of any individual who works or volunteers with or around children and young people (under the age of 18) in the United Kingdom, so if this describes your role and you cannot remember the last time you took a safeguarding training course, you could be breaking the law and risk serious consequences. That’s not to mention, your lack of safeguarding training could be endangering the welfare of children and young people in your care.
To arrange immediate safeguarding training for yourself or a member of your team, please click here to browse our list of online safeguarding courses, or why not get in touch with us at the Child Protection Company to discuss your specific safeguarding training needs?
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