Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board
Welcome to the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) website.
The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board has a statutory duty to co-ordinate how agencies work together to safeguard and promote the well being of children and young people in Birmingham and to ensure the effectiveness of the safeguarding arrangements.
Penny Thompson CBE, the BSCB Independent Chair oversees a Board which is made up of senior representatives from the key statutory and voluntary organisations that have responsibility for delivering services to children or have regular contact with children.
Safeguarding children and young people means keeping them safe from neglect and abuse. Any one who comes into contact with children and families has a responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare. Professionals have a duty to do so. Safeguarding and promoting welfare means:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children's health or development
- Ensuring children and young people are growing in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances
Worried about a child?
Outside of normal office hours please call 0121 675 4806 for the Emergency Duty Team
For more information about making a referral and to access the Request for Support form - click here
Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) has published a Serious Case Review into the death of Shi-Anne Downer, who died in September 2015 aged 18 months.
Penny Thompson CBE, Independent Chair of the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board, said: “On behalf of all the agencies that sit on the Safeguarding Board I would like to express our deepest sympathies to Shi-Anne’s birth family, the foster family who cared so well for her before she was placed with the Special Guardian, and all those who knew and loved her”.
The person responsible for her death has been convicted of murder and is in prison. The criminal trial Judge, Mrs Justice Frances Patterson said:’ it is a horrific tale of callous conduct. It can only be described as vicious. You have shown no remorse. Why you changed from a loving mother to a brutal attacker of a defenceless child is a mystery. I sentence you to life and you must serve a minimum period of 18 years.”
This tragic case has informed the improvement of services in Birmingham and will go on to contribute to the training and culture of learning that our Safeguarding Partnership is committed to. It also provides lessons for all areas, and I hope will inform the improvement of assessment, planning and child-centred practice, nationally. Whilst nothing can bring Shi-Anne back; she will not be forgotten. For a copy of the full press release Click here
For a copy of the Serious Case Review, Learning Lessons Briefing Note and accompanying powerpoint presentation which will aid Team Meeting discussions Click here
For further information on the types of Order’s click here
National Audit Office
The National Audit Office have published their latest easy-to-read report on children in need of help or protection. Using simple English and many pictures, this explains the main findings from the full value for money report published on 12 October 2016. It sets out how well the child protection system works.
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