2006 was a landmark year for all agencies working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children with the setting up of Local Safeguarding Children Boards under the provisions of the Children Act 2004.
The background to the formation of LSCBs is the shared objective to improve the well being and outcomes for all children. The work of the LSCB has a particular focus on the ‘stay safe’ outcome. Ensuring that work by all agencies to protect children from harm is properly co-ordinated and effective is the key goal of the LSCB
Bournemouth and Poole
The establishment of a joint Bournemouth and Poole LSCB from April 2006 demonstrates the commitment to partnership working at all levels, both between agencies and across local authority areas. The Board acknowledges the high level of commitment of statutory agencies and the voluntary and community sector in working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It also acknowledges the professionalism and dedication of all staff working to protect children from harm and improve outcomes for children and families across Bournemouth and Poole.
Bournemouth and Poole LSCB also work closely with Dorset Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) in order to better safeguard children and young people across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. To access the website for DSCB, please click here
Our vision is that everyone will work together to ensure that all children and young people in Bournemouth and Poole are safe, and feel safe within their homes, schools and communities.
The overall aims of the Board are:
• To coordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area, and
• To ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for these purposes
(Section 14 Children Act 2004)
The Board is committed to five key outcomes which drive the Board’s work during the year, these are:
1) Children and young people are safe from avoidable harm and avoidable death.
2) Children and young people are safe from maltreatment, neglect, violence, sexual abuse and exploitation, bullying and the risks online.
3) People working with children are aware of their safeguarding responsibilities and have access to appropriate guidance, procedures and training.
4) Children, young people and their families know that concerns about safety will be dealt with at an early stage and that they are safe with people who work with them.
5) The LSCB improves practice by evaluating the effectiveness of itself and partner agencies.
In addition to this, the Board will identify priorities which are contained within the LSCB Business Plan.
LSCB Structure & Partnerships
The Board has an independent Chair, supported a Business Manager and Administrator & Coordination Manager.
The membership of the Board consists of senior representatives from statutory and voluntary sector agencies, in accordance with Working Together 2015.
• Bournemouth Borough Council
• Borough of Poole
• Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service
• Dorset Healthcare
• South Western Ambulance Service Trust
• Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
• NHS England
• Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
• Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
• Dorset Police
• National Probation Service
• Community Rehabilitation Company
• Poole Housing
• Bournemouth Housing
• Bournemouth and Poole College
• Lay Member Representatives
• Faith Group Representative
• Voluntary Sector Representative (EDAS)
Elected councillors from both Boroughs attend as participant observers not as members of the Board. Membership is reviewed annually.
School representatives are in included in the Board’s work through the Safeguarding in Education and Early Years sub-group.
The LSCB is also part of wider partnership arrangements and works closely with the Children’s Trust, Health and Wellbeing Board, Community Safety Partnerships and Safeguarding Adult Board. Protocols for these partnerships can be found here.
The Board delivers its work via a number of sub groups, as shown in the organisational chart below: