Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children requires effective co-ordination in every local area.
For this reason, the Children Act 2004 required each Local Authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
The LSCB is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations in each local area will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in that locality, and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.
Halton Safeguarding Children Board is a statutory body consisting of agencies and professionals responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people across the borough.
The agencies include:
- Halton Borough Council
- Cheshire Constabulary
- National Probation Service
- Cheshire and Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company
- NHS England (Merseyside)
- Halton Clinical Commissioning Group
- NHS Acute & Community Trusts
- Riverside College
- Two Lay Members also represent the community on the Board
The role of Halton Safeguarding Children Board
The Board undertakes a range of functions to safeguard children & young people in Halton including:
- Developing safeguarding policies and procedures.
- Raising awareness of safeguarding amongst staff, children and families and the public.
- Monitoring and evaluating safeguarding arrangements and advising on improvement.
- Participating in the planning of services.
- Undertake Serious Case Reviews and advise on lessons to be learned.
- Undertake Child Death Review functions.
Safeguarding children and young people is not the sole responsibility of the Safeguarding Children Board, or the professionals who care for children – Safeguarding children is everyone’s business.
The Board’s priorities underpin the Business Plan. Our priorities are:
- Ensuring that the Board has effective and efficient structures, processes and resources in place to undertake its objectives and functions effectively.
- Engage with children, young people and families in the work of the Board and safeguarding activity undertaken by partners.
- Assuring the quality of practice in the local safeguarding context.
- Support the development of a safe and informed workforce, including volunteers.
Board Structure and Membership
Halton Safeguarding Children Board Annual reports
All LSCBs are required to produce an Annual Report.