The B&NES LSCB sends out a monthly email containing a wealth of information for all practitioners not just education establishments.
This includes policies and procedures from the LSCB, Joint LSCB and LSAB six monthly Newsletters, Key Messages after each LSCB and a range of information received by the LSCB.
Please select the information most relevant to your setting and disseminate as widely as possible to your staff teams.
The B&NES Local Safeguarding Children Board
As the Local Safeguarding Children Board for Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) we will coordinate and monitor the work of agencies, especially but not exclusively those providing services to children and families, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. In doing so the Board will:
Promote and support activities that protect children and young people from significant harm and the continuing risk of harm;
Work to raise awareness within the wider community, including statutory, voluntary and independent agencies, about how everybody can contribute to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare.
Safeguarding is everyone’s business.
Please see the Young Persons Guide to the LSCB for more information.
Ofsted Review of B&NES LSCB (July 2017)
The final report from the team of inspectors, who visited in April and May, gives the Council an overall rating of ‘Good’. The review of the multi-agency arrangements to protect children through the Local Safeguarding Children Board, carried out alongside the inspection of Council services, also received a ‘Good’ rating.
Ofsted’s review of the effectiveness of the LSCB reflects some fantastic working between local partners, including the Board’s three active lay members, and the strong work we do to ‘actively seek the views of children through the Senior In Care Council and Youth Forum’. There is an acknowledgment that we have created a ‘culture of openness, purposeful challenge and a well-driven and sustained focus on safeguarding performance’ ensuring that ‘outcomes for children in the area continue to improve’. It was also positive to see that partners confirmed that thresholds are appropriately set to meet the needs of local children who need help and protection’.
The Board picks up three recommendations - to broaden the range of performance information we review; to add some additional areas of focus into our annual report; and to extend to a wider audience the ongoing work to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.
Ofsted Report on B&NES LSCB Inspection of B&NES Children's Services and review of B&NES LSCB (July 2017)
What does the LSCB do?
The LSCB is an independent body made up of representatives from the range of agencies that work with children and young people. There are two lay members who also sit on the board and there are links with Children and Young People’s Equalities group, so ensuring the voice of children and young people is heard.
The work of the LSCB includes:
Taking the lead to ensure that agencies work well together to safeguard children and young people.
Ensuring that all organisations comply with their duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
Coordinating and delivering multi-agency safeguarding children training.
Promoting and publishing multi-agency child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures which are below.
Commissioning Serious Case Reviews and multi-agency audits so that we learn what we need to improve in terms of the work that we carry out with children, young people and families.
Overseeing multi-agency learning events and conferences so that good practice is shared.
Playing a key role in ensuring and monitoring that recommendations from inspections and reviews about safeguarding children are carried through.
Working alongside other committees/boards such as the Local Safeguarding Adults Board and the Health & Wellbeing Board to ensure that work to safeguard children is co-ordinated.
Annual monitoring safeguarding in all B&NES Education Establishments through the S175 Safeguarding Audit.
Key Safeguarding Policies for Schools
The LSCB produces a range of multiagency policies, procedures and guidance for practitioners on safeguarding children and young people in B&NES. These can all be found on the B&NES safeguarding website below. Key Policies: Self Harm (including suicide) GuidelinesB&NES Self Harm (including suicide) GuidelinesChildren Missing EducationChildren Missing EducationChild Protection for SchoolsKeeping Children Safe in Education 2016: Statutory Guidance September 2016Example - Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy for Schools 2017Example - School Use of Social Media Policy 2016Example - Exemplar Schools Online Safety Policy Single Central Record Guidance for schools - SCR Guidance Private Fostering For more information on private fostering, including information leaflets and referral forms, please visit the private fostering information on the Bath and North East Somerset Council website here For the full list of B&NES LSCB Multi Agency Policies please click here
B&NES Safeguarding Website
B&NES Safeguarding website for children and adult safeguarding - click here The site is jointly run and maintained for both the Local Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB) and the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). Both boards are multi-agency structures designed to ensure effective, joined up planning and co-ordination to focus on safeguarding vulnerable adults and children. It is a statutory duty that we have both boards to oversee the co-ordination of this type of work. The profile and challenges in relation to safeguarding both adults and children has never been higher. The resource and funding challenges to all agencies within the social care arena make it more vital than ever that both the public and professionals have quick easy access to information and can be sign-posted to helpful materials. The launch of this new website is designed to do just that. The site is easy to navigate, and is able to have its own identity and presence, rather than simply being a section within the Council’s site. The site contains information on both adults’ and children and young people’s safeguarding, with sections for children/adults their carers, people working with them, the public and wealth of information from the Boards. This replaces the old site on the B&NES Council website which now redirects people automatically. Please take some time to have a look and share it widely within your establishment to both staff and children/students. If possible please add a link to it from your own website/desktops. Please look at our easy to use website for information for:children and young peoplestaffparents and carerspublicinformation about the LSCB
Referrals to other Local Authorities
Working across Local Authority Boundaries:
B&NES Council has agreed a Cross Border Protocol with other Councils to support the work of Early Help across Local Authority borders.
Please click here
Local Authority Contacts:
Education establishments in B&NES often support children and young people who live in other Local Authority areas and so the systems for seeking support can be less familiar to the staff.
The contact details and processes are listed by Local Authority as follows:
For more information on the Common Assessment Framework please visit the information on Early Help on the Bath and North East Somerset Council website here
If you have questions about the implementation of Common Assessment Framework in Bath & North East Somerset, please email email@example.com
Request for Service Form for a referral into B&NES Children's Social Care
Point of contact – First Response Tel. 0117 903 6444
Email address – Referrals sent by Webform
Downloadable copies of referral form and early help form – Referrals are made by Webform that can be found here
Point of Contact - Somerset Direct Tel: 0300 123 2224
Referral form can be accessed at here http://professionalchoices.org.uk/eha/
If you are concerned about a child call 01454 866000 (office hours) or 01454 615165 out of hours.
More information and to find the Referral Form for ART (Access & Response Team) and the early Help Form can be found at: http://sites.southglos.gov.uk/safeguarding/children/i-am-a-professional/concerned-about-a-child-2/
Point of contact - Tel: 01934 426 329
Email - EarlyHelp.AssessmentFeedback@n-somerset.gov.uk
Where a child appears to be at risk please contact the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 01275 888 808
Website for further information click here