Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board

About Us

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)

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.

Sefton LSCB Chair is accountable to the Chief Executive of Sefton Council in ensuring the effectiveness of what is done by local partners to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children and young people in Sefton.

To contact Sefton LSCB Business Team:

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

Sefton LSCB Learning & Development Officer Tel. 0151 934 3362

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

Paul Rogers, Sefton LSCB Performance & Improvement Officer Tel. 0151 934 3983

Sefton LSCB
28-30 Sefton Street
Merseyside L21 7LB

Tel: 0151 934 4706

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.

Annual Report & Business Plan

Sefton LSCB Annual Report

Sefton LSCB Independent Chair must publish an annual report on the effectiveness of child safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the local area.  The report should provide a rigorous and transparent assessment of the performance and effectiveness of local services. 

Please take time to read Sefton LSCB's latest Annual Report 2017-18



Sefton LSCB Business Plan 2018-20

Serious Case Reviews (SCRs)

A Serious Case Review (SCR) is undertaken when abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected; and either the child has died; or the child has been seriously harmed and there is cause for concern as to the way in which the authority, their Board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child.

The prime purpose of a SCR is for agencies and individuals to learn lessons to improve the way in which they work both individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  After the completion of a review the LSCB will publish an anonymised Executive Summary which will include information on the review process, key issues arising from the case, the recommendations and the action plans. For all SCRs initiated on and after 10th June 2010, the government has instructed all local safeguarding children boards to also publish anonymised Overview Reports. Please see downloads below for previously published Executive Summaries.

Sefton LSCB has a sub group (Practice Review Panel) which oversees and quality assures SCRs undertaken by the Board, and provides advice on whether the criteria for conducting a review have been met. The sub group has developed local procedures for Serious Case Reviews in conjunction with Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE).   Any professional or agency may refer a case to the LSCB if the criteria is met for a SCR. The independent chair makes the decision of whether to instigate a SCR. 

Practice Review Panel (PRP) The Practice Review Panel (PRP) has a statutory function in deciding whether or not cases should be subject to a Serious Case Review (or a Practice Learning Review), and considering whether there are lessons to be learnt about the ways in which agencies work together to safeguard children, and ensuring that ultimately, this learning improves practice. The PRP is responsible for producing reports in relation to cases considered and the decision making process. The Panel’s overall function is to improve inter-agency working.  Any case can be referred to PRP where an agency feels that multi-agency learning can be extracted or a case where good practice has been identified.  To refer a case to PRP complete the referral form contained in appendix 1 of the Reflective Review Procedure.Reflective Review Procedure used by the Practice Review Panel (PRP). Additional information and guidance in relation to Serious Case Reviews can be found in Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE)


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.


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.


Merseyside CDOP Newsletters

Merseyside CDOP Newsletter Autumn 2017

Merseyside CDOP Newsletter Summer 2017


Contact Details

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 Governance Handbook

Sefton LSCB has developed a GOVERNANCE HANDBOOK which explains the structure of the LSCB and contains role profiles for board members.


Sefton LSCB Structure

Click here to view the Sefton LSCB Structure (2018)


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