Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board

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Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) - Published Arrangements

Sefton LSCB is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how organisations in the borough will cooperate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Sefton, and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.  The core objectives of Sefton LSCB are to co-ordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in Sefton and to ensure the effectiveness of what the member organisations do individually and together.

National Changes to Local Safeguarding Children Boards

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) is statutory guidance.  The new guidance supports key changes put into law by The Children and Social Work Act 2017 which replaces LSCBs with new local safeguarding arrangements.

Sefton's New Safeguarding Children Arrangements

The LSCB has been working hard towards its safe transition into the new Multi Agency Safeguarding Arrangements for Sefton.

 “Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 Guidance” replaces Local Safeguarding Children Boards with Statutory Safeguarding Partners within each local authority area.

The Safeguarding Partners for each area are the Local Authority; Police and NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) operating in the authority’s area. These three Safeguarding Partners are charged with supporting and enabling local organisations and agencies to work together in a system where: 

  • children are safeguarded and their welfare promoted
  • partner organisations and agencies collaborate, share and co-own the vision for how to achieve improved outcomes for  vulnerable children
  • there is early identification and analysis of new safeguarding issues and emerging threads

How does that look here in Sefton?

Sefton’s partnership have agreed to retain the name LSCB, retain the Independent Chair and retain the breadth of representation across the partnership. Sefton LSCB published their arrangements on 25 June 2019 and go ‘live’ on 1 July 2019. For Sefton, the LSCB has been focused on delivering its own work plan to strengthen the co-ordination of the whole partnership and in turn, improve how we collectively respond to safeguarding children and young people in our community. The approach has dovetailed with these changes in legislation. The LSCB membership will continue to work together to improve safeguarding practices’ and support frontline staff to protect children and promote their welfare.

Click here to view Sefton LSCB -  Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements

To contact Sefton LSCB Business Team:

Deborah Hughes, Sefton LSCB Business Manager Tel. 0151 934 3366

Donna Atkinson, Sefton LSCB Business Support Tel. 0151 934 4706

Louise Roberts, Sefton LSCB Learning & Development Officer Tel. 0151 934 3983

Alan McCarthy, Sefton LSCB Quality Assurance Officer Tel. 0151 934 3362

Sefton LSCB
28-30 Sefton Street
Merseyside L21 7LB

Sefton LSCB Independent Chair

Sefton LSCB's Independent Chair, Paula St Aubyn

Paula has a background career in Social Work and brings a wealth of safeguarding knowledge and experience to the board.   Paula has worked in various North West Local Authorities and has spent 10 years in Senior Strategic roles with significant experience of working with Safeguarding Boards and their governance arrangements.

LSCB Annual Report & LSCB Business Plan

Sefton LSCB Annual Report

Sefton LSCB publishes an annual report on the effectiveness of child safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the local area.  

Please take time to read Sefton LSCB's latest Annual Report 2019-20


Previous Sefton LSCB Annual Report


    Sefton LSCB Business Plan 2020-22

    Click to view Sefton LSCB Business Plan 2020-22

    Sefton LSCB's Business Plan sets out the strategic intent of Sefton in making its vision a reality. 

    Learning from Reviews / Serious Case Reviews

    Learning from Reviews

    Child protection is a complex multi-agency system with many different organisations and individuals playing their part. Reflecting on how well that system is working is critical as we constantly seek to improve our collective response to children and their families.

    Safeguarding reviews are undertaken to learn from past events and consolidate understanding about what is working well and what presents challenges to organisations, working with children and families in Sefton.  Central to all Sefton's reviews will be a focus on trying to understand the journey of events from the child's perspective.

    Sefton LSCB has a sub group (Practice Review Group) which oversees and quality assures reviews undertaken by the Board, and provides advice on whether the criteria for conducting a review have been met.

    Practice Review Group (PRG) receives cases referred in from agencies and decides whether a multi-agency review is recommended.  PRGs function is to improve inter-agency working.  Any case can be referred to PRG where an agency feels that multi-agency learning can be extracted or a case where good practice has been identified.  Reflective Review Procedure. If you wish to refer a case into PRG you can complete the Reflective Review Referral Form.

    Additional information and guidance in relation to reviews can be found in Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE).

    Sefton LSCB has published the following Serious Case Reviews (SCRs):
    March 2020
    Serious Case Review (SCR) - BEATRICE
    Click to access the SCR Report and Executive Summary
    highlighting the learning from the SCR (BEATRICE)
    October 2019
    Serious Case Review (SCR) - MATILDA
    Click to access the SCR Report
    highlighting the learning from the SCR (MATILDA)

    April 2019

    Serious Case Review (SCR) JANET

    Click to access the SCR Report

    See Sefton LSCB 7 minute briefing highlighting the learning from the SCR (JANET)

    March 2019

    Serious Case Review (SCR) CHARLIE

    Click to access the SCR Report and also an Executive Summary is available

    See Sefton LSCB 7 minute briefing highlighting the learning from the SCR (CHARLIE)

    July 2018

    Serious Case Review (SCR) MARTHA, MARY & BEN

    Click here to access the SCR report.

    Sefton LSCB 7 minute briefing highlighting the learning from the SCR (MARTHA, MARY & BEN)



    Learning & Improvement Framework (LIF)

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    Local Safeguarding Children Board’s (LSCB) should maintain a local learning and improvement framework which is shared across local organisations who work with children and families. This framework should enable organisations to be clear about their responsibilities, to learn from experience and improve services as a result.

    Click to view the Sefton LIF


    Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)

    Merseyside CDOP

    Child Death Overview Panels (CDOP) analyses child deaths, aged from newborn up to eighteen years old and identifies any modifiable factors that could highlight areas for future improvement.

    Merseyside Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP), formed in April 2011, involves all five Merseyside LSCBs, Knowsley, Liverpool, St. Helens, Sefton and Wirral.

    The purpose of CDOP is to ensure a thorough comprehensive and multidisciplinary review of child deaths, to better understand how and why children in Merseyside die, and to use its findings to take action to prevent other deaths and improve the health and safety of our children.

    Merseyside CDOP have produced a leaflet for parents/carers explaining what CDOP does when a child dies.


    Further information on Merseyside CDOP, along with the published plan (2019) can be found on Liverpool Safeguarding Children Partnership's website link below.


    Contact Details

    CDOP Team
    Gerard Majella Courthouse
    Boundary Street
    L5 2QD

    Irene Wright, Merseyside CDOP Manager – 0151 233 1151
    Helen Fleming-Scott, Merseyside CDOP Administrator – 0151 233 5412




    LSCB Governance and Structure

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    Sefton LSCB Structure (2020)

    LSCB Structure July 2020



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