LSCBs are a statutory requirement in each Local Authority area (Working Together 2015).
The core objectives of the Sutton Local Safeguarding Children Board are:
Sutton LSCB consider that safeguarding children is everyone's business and it is our role to gain assurance that all agencies providing services to children are complying with legislation and local policy.
The LSCB brings together representatives of each of the main agencies responsible for promoting children's welfare and helping to protect children from abuse and neglect in Sutton. They meet every two months at the Main Board meetings.
The Board is independently chaired by Christine Davies CBE. The Lead Member for People Services (Children's and Adult's), Councilor Marian James, attends as a 'participating observer'.
The following agencies are represented on the Board, which meets six times a year:
Core activity is undertaken through the following LSCB Subgroups:
Our subgroup structure chart, current Annual Report, Business Plan, and CSE strategy can be viewed in the 'About Sutton LSCB' section of this website.
The LSCB has been independently reviewed to meet the challenges ahead and the subgroups were part of the review process.
One of the LSCB's roles is to commission and co-ordinate Serious Case Reviews, which are undertaken when a child dies and abuse and/or neglect is known to be a factor. The Board then has the responsibility to disseminate learning to improve, change, and inform local and national practice. This is monitored in our Case Review Subgroup, to improve outcomes for children and young people in Sutton.
As well as SCRs and the work of the subgroups, the LSCB also: