The purpose of the Local Safeguarding Children's Board (LSCB) is to make sure agencies are:
- working together to safeguard children
- promoting the welfare of children in the area.
Every child should grow up feeling safe in a loving, secure environment, free from abuse, neglect and crime, enabling them to enjoy happy, healthy childhoods in which they can fulfil their social and educational potential.
The protection of children and young people in Gateshead has always been a core commitment of partners who work together in the area. The LSCB takes responsibility for the core inter-agency child protection work whilst embracing the wider safeguarding duties established in the Children Act 2004.
Each year Gateshead LSCB members set business and strategic priorities for the coming year. These priorities form part of the LSCB Business Plan. We previously agreed a new approach in 2014 and adopted a three year Business Plan for 2014-2017. The Business Plan emphasised the role of the LSCB in leading the safeguarding agenda, in challenging the work of partnership organisations, and in committing to an approach which learns lessons, embeds good practice and which is continually influenced by the views of children and young people.
Due to the expected changes to statutory guidance, the LSCB agreed that the business plan for 2017-2018 should cover only one year, unlike the previous three year plan. There have been considerable delays in finalising the new statutory guidance so it was agreed the LSCB would continue with the same approach for 2018-2019.
In 2018-2019 our focus will continue to be on three strategic business priorities:
There will also be a focus on five thematic priority areas:
- Voice of the child
- Communication and engagement with the frontline (including schools)
- Early Help and Early Intervention
- Mental health and Emotional Wellbeing
- Sexual Exploitation and missing children
Our Business Plan sets out how we are going to work towards these key areas. In addition, we will continue work to implement new legislation around statutory strategic arrangements for safeguarding.
Gateshead LSCB is keen to work with children, young people and professionals in Gateshead in setting the priorities for the Board and focusing partner agencies on those priorities. If there are thematic areas of work or any particular issues that you feel the LSCB should focus on, please let us know.
More about the priorities are in our.
Read our most recent. A summary version is also available .
The Annual Report for 2017-18 is due to be ratified at the LSCB meeting in October and will be published on this website once finalised.