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.
Jane Held, 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; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.
Worried about the safety or welfare of a child?
Outside of normal office hours please call 0121 675 4806 for the Emergency Duty Team
Current Safeguarding News
Tragic Death of Kieron Barley
Jane Held, Independent Chair of the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board, said: “We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Kieron’s extended family and friends for their loss. The people responsible for his death have been put before the courts and accepted their responsibility for what happened. Today Craig Lewis was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment and Louise Barley received an 15 month custodial sentence.
“A serious case review was instigated at the time of his death, as is required when a child dies in such circumstances. Now that legal proceedings have concluded, and the people who were responsible for harming Kieron have been brought to justice, we will examine the evidence presented to the court, complete the review and publish it as soon as possible.”
Keeping Children Safe in Education
The Department for Education have published new statutory guidance on keeping children safe in education. This includes specific short guidance for all staff working in education settings to assist them to make good decisions about when children may need extra help or safeguarding.
The guidance can be found on www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education
This is the draft provisional escalation policy. The final version will be available soon - until then please follow the principles set out in this draft policy - Click Here
Model Child Protection Policy for Schools
Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board has issued a model child protection policy to guide schools in drawing up their own policies. The model policy includes lists of indicators suggestive of neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse and sexual exploitation. - Click Here
Female Genital Mutilation
The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board has revised its procedure in relation to Female Genital Mutilation (Section 17).
The procedure provides information and guidance about:
- How to make a referral to Children's Social Care
- Key issues for consideration at strategy meetings
- Action to be taken when a child has been subject to child abuse through FGM