2.1 Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) - Roles and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER
The Children Act 2004 required each local authority to establish a Safeguarding Children Board.
Chapter 3 of Working Together 2013 sets out in detail the arrangements for the work of each Local Safeguarding Children Board. This chapter provides a summary only.
To drive the work of all agencies in Lincolnshire to ensure that children and young people are kept safe and their welfare remains paramount.
Objectives of the LSCB
The functions of the LSCB are set out in primary legislation (Sections 14 and 14a of The Children Act 2004) and regulations (Local Safeguarding Board Regulations 2006). The core objectives of the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board are:
- To co-ordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area of the authority; and
- To ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for that purpose.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment,
- Preventing impairment of children's health or development,
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe effective care and undertaking that role as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.
The LSCB will therefore ensure that the duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children is carried out in such a way as to contribute to improving all five Every Child Matters outcomes.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children includes protecting children from harm. Ensuring that work to protect children is properly co-ordinated and effective remains a primary goal of the LSCB. However, the LSCB will go beyond this core business to work to the wider remit, which includes preventative work to avoid harm being suffered. This will ensure a long-term impact on the safety of children.