Bristol Safeguarding Children Board

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

Threshold Guidance 2014

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.

BSCB Threshold Guidance (pdf, 1.3 MB) (opens new window)

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.

SAF Guidance April 2014 (pdf, 1.1 MB) (opens new window)

Business Plan 2014-2015

BSCB Business Plan 2014-2015 (pdf, 172 KB) (opens new window)

Annual Report 2013 - 2014 

Bristol Safeguarding Children Board have published their Annual report for 2013 - 2014.

BSCB Annual Report 2013 - 2014 (pdf, 1.4 MB) (opens new window)

Business Plan 2013 - 2014

BSCB Business Plan 2013 - 2014 (pdf, 170 KB) (opens new window)

Local Safeguarding Children Boards

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;


  • Performance Sub-Group

  • Training and Development Sub-Group

  • Quality and Standards Sub-Group

  • Serious Case Review Sub-Group

  • Education Sub-Group

  • E-Safety 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'.

Annual Report and Business Plan

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 produce an annual newsletter, previous newsletters can be found here: