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2.4 Membership and Meetings


This chapter was updated in March 2015 to reflect the current organisation and responsibilities. An updated Appendix 1: Individual Members’ Responsibilities was added.


  1. Chair
  2. Membership
  3. Lay Members
  4. Representation from school
  5. Other Members
  6. Involvement of other Agencies and Groups
  7. The Role of Members
  8. Meeting Arrangements

    Appendix 1: Individual Members’ Responsibilities

    Appendix 2: LSCP Structure

1. Chair

It is the responsibility of the local authority, after consultation with the LSCP partners, to appoint the LSCP chair. The chair, who must be of sufficient standing and expertise to command the respect and support of all partners, will be someone independent of the local agencies so that the LSCP can exercise its local challenge function effectively. The chair should act objectively and distinguish their role as LSCP chair from any day-to-day role.

The Vice Chair will be nominated from one of the partner organisations at the Annual General Meeting of the LSCP.

2. Membership

Members should be people with a strategic role in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children within their organisation. They should be able to:

  • Speak for their organisation with authority;
  • Commit their organisation on policy and practice matters; and
  • Hold their organisation to account.

The Lead Member for Children's Services should be a 'participating observer' of the LSCP. The Director of Children's Services will be held to account for the effective working of the LSCP by the Chief Executive and challenged where appropriate by the Lead Member.

Statutory Members ('Seats' refer to those on the Strategic Management Group)

  • Local Authority Children's Services 2 seats Adult Services 1 seat
  • District Councils; 1 seat
  • the Chief Officer of Police; 1 seat
  • the Local Probation Trust; 1 seat
  • the Youth Offending Service; 1 seat
  • Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s); 2 seats* 
  • NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts 1 seat*
  • Cafcass (Children and Family Courts Advisory and Support Service); 1 seat
  • the Governor or Director of any Secure Training Centre in the area of the local authority; (seats not applicable) and
  • the Governor or Director of any prison in the local authority area which ordinarily detains children. (seats not applicable)

* 1 seat for SHA, 1 for Commissioners and 1 for Providers

Note: The LSCP Operational Delivery Group and Sub-Groups will comprise representatives from agencies outlined above and below. The Chair of the Child Death Overview Panel will be a member of the Operational Delivery Group. Those holding Senior Liaison Officer (SLO) roles will be members of the Operational Delivery Group

Officers attending and supporting the LSCP (non voting members):

  • Business Manager;
  • Legal Adviser;
  • Audit and Policy Officer;
  • Learning and Development Officer;
  • Administrators.

The local authority should ensure that those responsible for adult social services functions are represented on the LSCP, given the importance of adult social care in the context of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Similarly health organisations should ensure that adult health services and in particular adult mental health, adult drug and alcohol services and adult disability services are represented on the LSCP.

The LSCP should ensure that it has access to appropriate expertise and advice from all the relevant sectors, including a designated doctor and nurse who will be members of the Operational Delivery Group.

The Children Act 2004 sets out that the local authority and its partners must cooperate in the establishment and operation of the LSCP. This places an obligation on the local authority and its statutory LSCP partners to support the operation of the LSCP.

3. Lay Members

The LSCP includes two lay members from the local community. The role for lay members is to:

  • Support stronger public engagement in local child safety issues and contributing to an improved understanding of the LSCP's child protection work in the wider community;
  • Challenge the LSCP on the accessibility by the public and children and young people of its plans and procedures; and
  • Help to make links between the LSCP and community groups.

Lay members will operate as full members of the LSCP, participating on the Board itself and on relevant committees.

4. Representation from school

The LSCP will establish with Lincolnshire schools a system to ensure that the diverse range of schools is represented on the Board appropriately. The LSCP will build on existing arrangements to avoid duplication whilst at the same time enabling an efficient and effective means to communicate with all schools both to seek their views on issues and to feed information back.

5. Other Members

The LSCP will secure the involvement of the NSPCC and other relevant national and local organisations. Local organisations can include faith groups, children's centres, GPs, independent healthcare organisations and voluntary and community sector organisations including bodies providing specialist care to children with severe disabilities and complex health needs. The armed forces should also be included.

Where the number or size of similar organisation precludes individual representation the LSCP should seek to involve them through existing networks or forums.

6. Involvement of other Agencies and Groups

The LSCP should make appropriate arrangements at a strategic management level to involve others in its work as necessary. For example:

  • The coronial service;
  • Dental health services;
  • Domestic abuse forums;
  • Drug and alcohol misuse services;
  • Drug Action and Alcohol Teams;
  • Housing, culture and leisure services;
  • Housing providers;
  • Local authority legal services;
  • Local Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA);
  • Local sports bodies and services;
  • Local Family Justice Council;
  • Local Criminal Justice Board;
  • Other health providers such as pharmacists;
  • Representatives of service users;
  • Sexual health services;
  • The Crown Prosecution Service;
  • Witness support services;
  • Family Intervention Projects; and
  • Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs).

The LSCP will draw on the work of key national organisations and liaise with them when necessary.

7. The Role of Members

The individual members of the LSCP have a duty to contribute to the effective work of the LSCP. This should take precedence, if necessary, over their role as a representative of their organisation (Appendix 1: Individual Members’ Responsibilities).

8. Meeting Arrangements

The LSCP has established a framework that separates the strategic business from operational issues. The Operational Delivery Group is charged with carrying out the day-to-day business whilst the Strategic Management Group will deal with strategic matters. (Appendix 2: LSCP Structure).

The Strategic Management Group will meet quarterly and the Operational Delivery Group will meet bi-monthly. Meetings will be considered quorate when comprising at least representation from the Local Authority plus representatives from 3 other agencies. Members are expected to attend LSCP meetings on a regular basis, ensuring that any unavoidable absences are covered by an appropriate substitute. Agencies must be represented at 75% of meetings as a minimum.

The Independent Chair of the LSCP will chair both the Strategic Management Group and the Operational Delivery Group.


Appendix 1: Individual Members’ Responsibilities

Appendix 2: LSCP Structure