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The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board (CPSCB) is the key statutory body overseeing arrangements for safeguarding children and young people across the county

The imminent changes to Local Safeguarding Children Boards arising from The Children and Social Work Act 2017, changing structures and working arrangements in partner agencies (including increased joint working between both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough local authorities), the ongoing demands on resources, have made it essential to look at the current Safeguarding Board Governance arrangements across the County.

It was agreed by the statutory partners (as laid out in the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and the Care Act 2014), that the new structure should streamline existing processes and ensure that, where possible, there was a countywide approach. This has resulted in the creation of an Executive Board and a single, countywide Safeguarding Adult Board, a single countywide Safeguarding Children Board and single countywide Delivery Groups to support them. As part of this process membership of the various boards and, sub groups has been reviewed, and where appropriate amended to fit in with the new structure.

The proposed structure (as described in Structure and governance arrangements for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Boards) was discussed, and agreed at the Countywide Adults and Children’s Safeguarding Executive Board on the 27th September 2017. It was agreed that the revised structure would be implemented from 1st January 2018 and would be reviewed in August 2018.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board has an Independent Chair and members are made up by Senior Managers from the following statutory and voluntary organisations:

The statutory objectives and functions of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards as set out in Section 14 of the Children Act 2004 are;

  1. to co-ordinate what is done by each agency for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in the area; and
  2. to ensure the effectiveness of what is done for those purposes. 

Governed by the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (Department for Education, March 2015), and the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Regulations 2006 , the Board is supported by a number of Sub-Committees and working groups in order to fulfil these objectives and functions.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.

The work of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board includes

  • Assessing the effectiveness of help provided to children and families, including early help
  • Assessing whether partner agencies are fulfilling statutory obligations in relation to safeguarding children
  • Quality assuring practice through joint audits of case files and identifying lessons to be learned
  • Monitoring and evaluating effectiveness of training, including multi-agency training
  • Developing and agreeing local policies and procedures; including action to be taken when there are concerns, thresholds for intervention and allegations against staff
  • Raising awareness in the wider community of the need to safeguard children
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