Welcome to the Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board website
We want to make sure that children and young people feel safe and cared for in Central Bedfordshire.
Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) have been established by the government to ensure that organisations work together effectively to safeguard children and promote their welfare. In Central Bedfordshire this includes social care services, education, health, the police, probation, the voluntary sector, youth offending services, early years services - in fact, any organisation providing services for children.
We hope that children and young people, families and communities will use the website as well as professionals working with children.
Alan Caton (OBE)
Independent Chair of Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board
What does the LSCB do?
Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board is an inter-agency forum for:
- Coordinating the work done by the various agencies to safeguard children and promote their welfare, and
- Ensuring that this work is carried out effectively
The LSCB's objectives and purpose
The Children Act 2004 places a duty on children's services to establish local boards and sets out the agencies that will be ‘Board partners' on the LSCB. The Act also places a duty for the authority and Board partners to cooperate with each other.
Further guidance for the LSCB is set out in "Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to inter-agency working." This defines the LSCB as, "the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations...will cooperate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children...and ensuring the effectiveness of what they do."
I hope that this gives you some idea as to how the LSCB functions if you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact us, for contact details see the contacts page.
Safeguarding Children Board Business Manager