Safeguarding Children

Wirral's Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how organisations will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.

Its work crosses the boundaries between the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors and builds on the best practice achieved by the ACPC. It is proactive in driving forward the duty of all partner agencies in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

The work of the LSCB fits within the wider context of children's trust arrangements that aim to improve the overall well being (i.e. five outcomes) for all children.

Whilst the work of the LSCB contributes to the wider goals of improving the well being of all children, it has a particular focus on aspects of the 'staying safe' outcome.

The core objectives of the LSCB are to co-ordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in Wirral; and to ensure the effectiveness of what the member organisations do individually and together.

The Board is accountable to the Director of Children's Services, who is accountable to the Children's Services Authority in ensuring the effectiveness of what is done by the Board partners to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.

The LSCB produces an annual business plan, setting out its work plan for the forthcoming year, relevant management information on child protection activity during the course of the previous year; and progress against the previous year’s plan.

The LSCB Business Plan contributes to and derives from the framework of the Children and Young People's Plan and is endorsed by senior managers from each of the main constituent agencies.

The LSCB publishes local child protection procedures and practice guidance, to advise agencies and professionals in the borough how the inter-agency arrangements should be carried out in working with children and their families.