What we do
Our job is to make sure that all children and young people in Norfolk can expect to stay safe and that the appropriate action will be taken by relevant organisations, if children are in need of help. We are funded through partner agencies funding contributions and assistance in kind.
We undertake a number of responsibilities by ourselves, alongside a number of NSCB Sub-Groups. Key functions include:
- The development of policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
- Creating thresholds for intervention
- Training of persons who work with children
- Recruitment and supervision of workforce
- Safety and welfare of children who are privately fostered
- Co-operation with neighbouring children’s services authorities
- Communication and raising awareness
- Monitoring, evaluations and serious case reviews
We are committed to continuous improvement, ensuring that we learn from good practice, as well as serious case reviews and child deaths. This enables us to co-ordinate, develop and monitor our safeguarding arrangements in Norfolk.
In addition, the NSCB provides safeguarding training both to professionals working with children and families and to local organisations and charities. Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB’s) adhere to the government guidance set out in Working Together.
The History of LSCB’s
Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB’s) are statutory bodies set up in every local authority in 2006 under the Children Act 2004. The establishment of LSCB’s was part of the ‘Every Child Matters’ reforms arising from recommendations made by Lord Laming following his inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbié.
LSCB’s are the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. These organisations include:
- Children’s services
- District councils
- Voluntary organisations
- Youth offending team
LSCB’s are statutory bodies, placing child protection high on everyone’s agenda. All agencies have to comply with the duty placed upon them by the 2004 Act to ‘safeguard and promote the welfare of children’. This means Norfolk LSCB, known as Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB), has a responsibility to ensure that agencies are meeting their statutory obligations effectively and can hold them to account if they are not.
There is also a shift from ‘child protection’ (protecting children from harm) to a more pro-active ‘safeguarding’ agenda that seeks to involve the whole community in keeping children safe and promoting their welfare. By working together, we can ensure that the safeguarding of children is everyone’s responsibility.
NSCB Governance Arrangements
The NSCB is underpinned by its Constitution and Governance Arrangements Handbook. Together these documents make it clear what is expected of all Board members to ensure that governance is robust and fit for purpose.