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2.6 Scope of the Role

The range of the responsibilities outlined in Local Safeguarding Children Board LSCB - Roles and Responsibilities Procedure will extend to all children living in Lincolnshire up to the age of 18 years, including unborn babies.

The extent of LSCBs' role includes safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in three broad areas of activity:

First, activity that affects all children and aims to identify and prevent maltreatment, or impairment of health or development, and ensure children are growing up in circumstances consistent with safe and effective care. For example:

  • Methods to identify abuse and Neglect wherever they may occur;
  • Work to increase understanding of safeguarding childrens' issues in the professional and wider community, promoting the message that safeguarding is everybody's responsibility;
  • Work to ensure that organisations working or in contact with children, operate recruitment and human resources practices that take account of the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children;
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of organisations' implementation of their duties under section 11 of the Children Act 2004;
  • Ensuring children know who they can contact when they have concerns about their own or others' safety and welfare;
  • Ensuring that adults (including those who are harming children) know who they can contact if they have a concern about a child or young person.

Second, pro-active work that aims to target particular groups. For example:

  • developing/evaluating thresholds and procedures for work with children and families where a child has been identified as 'in need' under the Children Act 1989, but where the child is not suffering or likely to suffer Significant Harm;
  • work to safeguard and promote the welfare of groups of children who are potentially more vulnerable than the general population, for example children living away from home, children who have run away from home, children in custody, or disabled children etc.

Thirdly, responsive work to protect children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering harm, including:

  • Children abused and neglected within families, including those harmed:
  • in the context of domestic abuse
  • as a consequence of the impact of parental substance misuse or parental mental ill health;
  • Children abused outside families by adults known to them;
  • Children abused and neglected by professional carers, within institutional settings, or anywhere else where children are cared for away from home;
  • Children abused by strangers;
  • Children abused by other young people;
  • Young perpetrators of abuse; and
  • Children abused through sexual exploitation.

Where particular children are the subject of interventions then that safeguarding work should aim to help them to achieve all outcomes, to have optimum life chances. It is within the remit of LSCB's to check the extent to which this has been achieved as part of their monitoring and evaluation work.

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