Details of people representing various agencies.
The Local Safeguarding Children Board is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations in each local area will cooperate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.
The requirements for the Safeguarding Boards in the Children Act 2004 came into force in 2006, when Bury's Area Child Protection Committee was replaced by the Bury Safeguarding Children Board. It is an inter-agency forum which brings together the Local Authority, police, education, probation, health workers and others in the community responsible for child protection to help them work more effectively to safeguard children from abuse and neglect.
The responsibilities of the Local Safeguarding Children Board
1. Regulation 5 of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations (2006) sets out that the functions of the LSCB are as follows:
(a) developing policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area of the authority, including policies and procedures in relation to:
(i) the action to be taken where there are concerns about a child's safety or welfare, including thresholds for intervention;
(ii) training of persons who work with children or in services affecting the safety and welfare of children;
(iii) recruitment and supervision of persons who work with children;
(iv) investigation of allegations concerning persons who work with children;
(v) safety and welfare of children who are privately fostered;
(vi) cooperation with neighbouring children's services authorities and their Board partners;
(b) communicating to persons and bodies in the area of the authority the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, raising their awareness of how this can best be done and encouraging them to do so;
(c) monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of what is done by the authority and their Board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advising them on ways to improve;
(d) participating in the planning of services for children in the area of the authority; and
(e) undertaking reviews of serious cases and advising the authority and their Board partners on lessons to be learned.
2. Regulation 5 (3) provides that a LSCB may also engage in any other activity that facilitates, or is conducive to, the achievement of its objectives.
Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership
The Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership (GMSP) is a cooperative partnership of the 10 Local Safeguarding Boards of Greater Manchester including Bury Safeguarding Children Board. It supports collaborative projects to help partners share best practice and work better together to provide a more consistent service to safeguard children. Further details can be found on their web site Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures - Contents.
Information about the new arrangements
Details of BSCB meetings which take place quarterly.
Bury, Oldham and Rochdale Local Safeguarding Children Boards have come together to collect and analyse information about the deaths of all children (under the age of 18) in their area. Further information including information on making a referral, protocol, process, terms of reference and CDOP annual report can be downloaded from this page.
Bury Safeguarding Children Board has agreed to adopt Part A of the Greater Manchester LSCB data set.
All Local Safeguarding Children Boards are required to conduct Serious Case Reviews in accordance with Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015).
Details of the structure including downloadable structure chart.