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
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
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.
Sometimes a child suffers a serious injury or death as a result of child abuse or neglect. Understanding not only what happened but also why things happened as they did, can help to improve our response in the future. Understanding the impact that the actions of different organisations and agencies had on the child’s life, and on the lives of his or her family, and whether or not different approaches or actions may have resulted in a different outcome, is essential to improve our collective knowledge. It is in this way, that we can make good judgments about what might need to change at a local or national level.
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. 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 initiate a SCR.
Practice Review Group (PRG) has a statutory function in deciding whether or not cases should be reviewed 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 PRG 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 PRG 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 PRG complete the referral form contained in appendix 1 of the Reflective Review Procedure used by the Practice Review Group (PRG). 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):
Learning & Improvement Framework (LIF)
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)
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.
Gerard Majella Courthouse
Irene Wright, Merseyside CDOP Manager – 0151 233 1151
Helen Fleming-Scott, Merseyside CDOP Administrator – 0151 233 5412
LSCB Governance and Structure
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)