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About Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board

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Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) were created under the Children Act 2004and the objectives are set out in s.13 of the Children Act 2004 to;

  • Coordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area
  • To ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for those purposes

Our vision is that;

Every child and young person in Sheffield should be able to grow up free from the fear of abuse or neglect.  

We are committed to improving the safety of all children and young people in Sheffield. If children are not safe, they cannot be healthy, happy, achieve or reach their full potential. We recognise and promote the concept that keeping children safe is everybody’s responsibility.

The Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) is the key statutory mechanism that brings together representatives of each of the main agencies and professionals responsible for promoting the welfare and safety of children and young people in Sheffield. It is a multi-agency forum for agreeing how the different services should cooperate to safeguard children and for making sure arrangements work effectively to promote better outcomes.    

Through the Board structure the SSCB provides the strategic and operational direction of safeguarding and continuous monitoring of performance in Sheffield. The Board provides funding for an Independent Chair who provides leadership to the Board via effective chairing of meetings and representation of the SSCB in the public domain.

Our Core Business and Functions

  • Develop local procedures and policies
  • Communicate the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, raising awareness of how this can best be done and encouraging practitioners, agencies and the public to take the required action
  • Participate in local planning of services for children in Sheffield
  • Undertake reviews of serious cases and advise the authority and partners on lessons to be learnt
  • Undertake reviews of child deaths to identify any concerns or patterns affecting the welfare and safety of children and ensuring the correct procedures are in place to provide a coordinated multi-agency response
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advise them on ways to improve
  • Assess whether partners are fulfilling their statutory obligations under s.11 of the Children Act 2004
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of training
  • Produce and publish an Annual Report on the effectiveness of safeguarding in the local area 

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