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What is the Safeguarding Children Board?

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The board brings together representatives from various agencies and organisations in Stoke-on-Trent to work in partnership to protect children and young people in our city. By sharing our expertise and best practice we can make sure that children, young people and their families have access to the right support and services they need. Safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility. In Stoke-on-Trent our Safeguarding Children Board involves all key partner agencies and organisations:

  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council – Children and Family Services
  • Staffordshire Police
  • University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust, Royal Stoke University Hospital
  • North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust
  • Third Sector
  • National Probation Service
  • NSPCC
  • Youth Offending Services
  • CAFCASS

Why were we set up?
The Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board was established by Stoke-on-Trent City Council under Section 13 of the Children Act 2004 in its capacity as the Children's Services Authority for this area. New legislation directed, that all local authorities must have a Safeguarding Board in place, with key partner agencies actively involved in and taking responsibility for the protection and safeguarding of children and young people. The Board became operative on 1st April 2006 and replaced the Area Child Protection Committee on this date.

What do we do?
The Safeguarding Children Board will generate more effective safeguarding arrangements throughout the city to make sure that work to protect children and young people from harm, is properly co-ordinated and effective. This is our primary function. All partner agencies will work in partnership to:

  • protect children and young people from maltreatment;
  • prevent children's and young people's health or development being badly affected;
  • make sure that children and young people are growing up in circumstances where they are safe and get the care they need;
  • make sure children and young people have the best life chances, particularly in terms of staying safe;
  • make sure that lessons are learned by sharing best child protection and safeguarding practice generally; and
  • learn from events including when a child or young person dies, or suffers serious harm, where maltreatment is considered to have been a contributory factor.

Our priorities are

  1. Child Sexual Abuse
  2. Neglect including the toxic trio

Further detail can be found in the SCB Business Plan 2016/17

Our objectives are to:

  • develop and promote a positive culture in which all organisations liaise and communicate with each other in order to safeguard children and young people.
  • co-ordinate our work and make sure that all work carried out relating to safeguarding is effective; and 
  • promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 years in Stoke-on-Trent.

We believe that all children and young people have the right to be healthy, happy, valued and respected. We think they should have high aspirations for their future. To achieve these things children and young people need to feel safe and loved.

Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board recognises its responsibilities to safeguard and protect its children and young people, and endeavours to facilitate positive partnership working throughout the community.

Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board members are listed below under related links.

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