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2.2 Agency Roles and Responsibilities

AMENDMENT

In October 2017, updated links were added to Section 3.1, Early Years and Childcare with regards to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) and a link to Ofsted Guidance: Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Settings (2016). This states that during term time, or when the setting is in operation, the designated safeguarding lead or an appropriately trained deputy should be available during opening hours for staff to discuss safeguarding concerns.

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 Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS), Section 3, The safeguarding and welfare requirements.

This includes:

  • A practitioner must be designated to take lead responsibility for safeguarding children in every setting. Childminders must take the lead responsibility themselves. The lead practitioner is responsible for liaison with local statutory children's services agencies, and with the LSCB. They must provide support, advice and guidance to any other staff on an ongoing basis, and on any specific safeguarding issue as required. The lead practitioner must attend a child protection training course that enables them to identify, understand and respond appropriately to signs of possible abuse and neglect.

Providers must train all staff to understand their safeguarding policy and procedures, and ensure that all staff have up to date knowledge of safeguarding issues.

See also: Ofsted 2016 guidance, Section 5.2, Inspecting how leaders and governors create a safeguarding culture.

This includes:

  • During term time, or when the setting is in operation, the designated safeguarding lead or an appropriately trained deputy should be available during opening hours for staff to discuss safeguarding concerns.

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