The Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Board works to protect and safeguard the children of the Isle of Wight
The Children Act 2004 requires each local authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). The Board is the means by which organisations come together to agree on how they will cooperate with one another to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Children can only be kept safe properly if key agencies work together.
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) and the Local Safeguarding Children Board Regulations (2006) give a clear framework for LSCBs to monitor the effectiveness of local services for children and their families, including early help. The Ofsted Single Inspection Framework (2013) and Joint Targeted Area Inspection Framework (2016) will evaluate the effectiveness of the LSCB in meeting its statutory functions. Inspectors will use a four-point scale of outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate to judge the LSCB.
The Core Objectives of an LSCB are:
- 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 of authority, including policies and procedures in relation to thresholds, training, recruitment, allegations, privately fostered children and co-operation with other children’s services
- Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of what is done to safeguard children and advising on ways to improve
- Undertaking reviews of serious cases and advising on lessons to be learned
- Communicating and raising awareness
- Overseeing the review of child deaths in their area
All LSCBs are required to appoint an Independent Chair to bring expertise and a clear guiding hand to the Board, to make sure that the LSCB fulfils its roles effectively. The Independent Chair also supports Board members to participate on an equal footing, without any single agency having the added influence of chairing the Board. The Chair is subject to an annual appraisal, to ensure the role is undertaken competently and that the post holder retains the confidence of the IOWSCB members.
The current Independent Chair for the IOWSCB is Derek Benson.