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This page is about the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board. If you have any concerns about a child please do not ignore these concerns. You can contact any professional involved with a child to discuss your concerns or you can talk to a local Children's Social Care Team. Information on how to do so can be found by following this link: Concerned about a child
We have pleasure in introducing the new BSCB Threshold Guidance. It has been designed to help practitioners working with children and young people identify when additional support will help children achieve their potential, and keep them safe from harm. We hope you will find this a useful tool.
Use of the 'Escalation Procedure: Resolution of professional disagreements in work relating to the safety of Children' must be reported to the Board when it is used at Stage 3 of the Procedure. However, during the last 12 months the Board have receveid no notifications. Therefore, during the month of March only, practitioners are being requested to inform the Board when they have used the Procedure at either stage 1 or 2, using the form provided:
Single Assessment Framework (SAF) Guidance
The SAF is part of a framework for joint and multi-agency working for all children, young people and families with additional needs. It replaces the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) in Bristol as the early help assessment. The Initial and Core Assessments within Social Care and the requirements of the ‘Education, Health and Care Plan’ will be replaced by the SAF later in 2014 . This guidance is aimed at professionals who are assessing the needs of families for early help.
Bristol Safeguarding Children Board have published their Annual report for 2013 - 2014.
The Children Act 2004 led to the establishment of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB's) replacing 'Area Child Protection Committees'.
The core duty of an LSCB is to ensure that there are adequate arrangements in place across agencies to protect children from harm. There are also obligations placed upon LSCBs to ensure that the welfare of children is promoted.
The core functions of an LSCB are set out within 'The Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations, 2005'. They range from the development of policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children to communication and awareness raising and to monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of safeguarding work within the local authority area. LSCB's also have a responsibility to carry out reviews of serious cases and, from April 2008, to have in place systems for responding to and analysing unexpected deaths of children.
The main function of Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) is to co-ordinate and lead work on child protection within Bristol. In doing so BSCB provides policies and procedures to enable those working with children & young people to actively ensure that they are working to safeguard the welfare of those children and young people. These policies and procedures, once implemented, are also audited to ensure they are improving the quality of services to children and young people in Bristol.
BSCB is made up of organisations and people working together to promote children's welfare and keep them safe. It includes Bristol City Council's Children and Young People's Services, the police, the probation service and the various primary and secondary (e.g. hospital services) NHS services.
BSCB comprises the Board, Executive Board, Children and Young Peoples Shadow Board and 6 further groups/sub-groups. The Board and Executive Board comprise representatives from a range of agencies and partners whose sole aim is to strengthen arrangements for keeping children and young people safe in Bristol;
Training and Development Sub-Group
Quality and Standards Sub-Group
Serious Case Review Sub-Group
Groups and Networks:
Child Sexual Exploitation working Group;
Children Missing from Home and Care Strategy Group;
Safeguarding Children: Substance Misuse Group.
The BSCB also provides and supports the provision of training to agencies and groups within Bristol to ensure that policies and procedures are being used and implemented. Once a year, in June/July, the BSCB run a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Conference. The Board meet annually four times and Executive Board six times.
Policy, procedure and guidance for practitioners and their managers adopted by the Board can be found in the section 'Safeguarding for professionals'.
BSCB produce an annual report combined with the coming years business plan. The first annual report was published in 2006 following the establishment of the Safeguarding Children Board. BSCB Annual Reports and the most recent Business plan are available here:
- BSCB Annual Report 2011-2012 and Business Plan 2012-2013 (pdf, 0.9 MB)(opens new window)
- BSCB Annual Report 2010-2011 and Business Plan 2011-2012
- BSCB business Plan 2010-2011 (pdf, 68 KB)(opens new window)
- BSCB Annual Report 2009-2010 and Business Plan 2010-2011 (pdf, 0.5 MB)(opens new window)
- BSCB Annual Report 2008-2009 and Business Plan 2009-2010 (pdf, 2.3 MB)(opens new window)
- BSCB Annual Report 2007-2008 and Business Plan 2008-2009 (pdf, 498 KB)(opens new window)
- BSCB Annual Report 2006-2007 and Business Plan 2007-2008 (pdf, 0.6 MB)(opens new window)
- BSCB Annual Report 2005-2006 and Business Plan 2006-2007 (pdf, 148 KB)(opens new window)
BSCB produce an annual newsletter, previous newsletters can be found here:
- BSCB Newsletter March 2014 (pdf, 279 KB)(opens new window)
- BSCB Newsletter July 2013 (pdf, 257 KB)(opens new window)
- BSCB Newsletter January 2013 (pdf, 117 KB)(opens new window)
- BSCB Newsletter 2010 (pdf, 206 KB)(opens new window)
- BSCB Newsletter 2009 (pdf, 187 KB)(opens new window)
- BSCB Newsletter 2008 (pdf, 98 KB)(opens new window)
- BSCB Newsletter September 2006 (pdf, 248 KB)(opens new window)
- BSCB Newsletter February 2006 (pdf, 55 KB)(opens new window)
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