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2.2 Agency Roles and Responsibilities

AMENDMENT

This chapter was updated in April 2017 to reflect Ofsted recommendation that Early Years providers have a designated person to take lead responsibility for safeguarding children on the premises at all times the provision is open, (see Section 3, Agencies Working Under the Auspices of the LSCB).

Contents

  1. Scope and Function of the LSCB
  2. Accountability for Operational Work
  3. Agencies Working Under the Auspices of the LSCB


1. Scope and Function of the LSCB

The specific responsibilities of the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board are:

  • To hold agencies to account for the effectiveness of their work in safeguarding children;
  • To develop and agree inter-agency policies, procedures and protocols which focus on safeguarding children, including thresholds for intervention;
  • To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by the local authority and Board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advise them on ways to improve;
  • To promote the safest possible practices in relation to the recruitment and selection of all those who work with children in a statutory and voluntary capacity;
  • To ensure that allegations concerning persons working with children are dealt with properly and quickly;
  • To develop policies and procedures which focus on the need for adult services to recognise the impact of adult problems on children's welfare and to ensure training programmes enable services that work primarily with adults respond appropriately to the needs of adults as parents;
  • To undertake reviews of cases where a child has died or has been seriously harmed in circumstances where abuse or neglect is known or suspected and advising on lessons which can be learned;
  • To promote the safety of children in Lincolnshire, including collating and analysing information about the deaths of all children in the area;
  • To promote, encourage and sustain a community involvement in safeguarding children, and improving levels of safety for children;
  • To ensure the co-ordination and effective implementation of measures to strengthen private fostering notification arrangements and to receive an annual private fostering report submitted by the local authority;
  • To ensure that single agency and inter-agency training on safeguarding and promoting welfare is provided in order to meet local needs;
  • To ensure the Board is adequately resourced and supported to carry out its function as defined by statutory guidance;
  • To receive reports on matters of local and national relevance relating to the objectives of the Board;
  • To publicise materials which highlight issues relating to the protection and safety of children, ensuring that the views and opinions of young people are taken into account;
  • To participate in the local planning and commissioning of children's services to ensure that they take safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children into account;
  • To ensure appropriate links with the Lincolnshire Secure Unit and report annually to the Youth Justice Board on how effectively the establishment is managing the use of restraint;
  • To publish an Annual Report in line with the requirements of The Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009;
  • To act as the 'responsible' authority for 'matters relating to the protection of children from harm' under the licensing Act 2003;
  • In agreement with the Children's Trust Board to lead on other activity that facilitates, or is conducive to the achievement of the objectives of the LSCB.


2. Accountability for Operational Work

Whilst the LSCB has a role in co-ordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of local individuals' and organisations' work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, it is not accountable for their operational work. Each Board partner retains their own existing lines of accountability for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children by their services. The LSCB does not have the power to direct other organisations.

Members of the LSCB will be held to account for challenge within their own organisations.


3. Agencies Working Under the Auspices of the LSCB

Section 11(4) of The Children Act 2004 identifies which agencies have a duty to have regard to guidance given to them by the Secretary of State including any safeguarding guidance. A list of these agencies will be collated and maintained. In addition, where private, community or voluntary organisations are commissioned to provide services on behalf of one of the above agencies, the arrangements under which the arrangements are made should require that the private/voluntary organisation takes this guidance into account in the provision of services.

A list of agencies commissioned to deliver services on behalf of a statutory body will also be collated.

Other private/voluntary/community organisations that come into contact with or offer services to children in Lincolnshire will be asked as a matter of good practice to take account of this guidance.

3.1 Early Years and Childcare

Early years providers have a duty under Section 40 of the Childcare Act 2006 to comply with the welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Early years providers should ensure that:

  • Staff complete safeguarding training that enables them to recognise signs of potential abuse and neglect; and

They have a practitioner on the premises at all times during opening hours, who is designated to take lead responsibility for safeguarding children within each early years setting and who should liaise with local statutory children's services agencies as appropriate. A ‘deputy’ safeguarding lead should be present and is required to be responsible if the safeguarding lead is not available. This lead should also complete child protection training. See also: Ofsted 2016 guidance.

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