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) have today published two Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) into the tragic death of Santino Balaz a 15 month old child who died in January 2015 and Deimante Driukaite a 5 month old child who died later in that year. Both children were from migrant families who had recently arrived from Eastern Europe. When the reviews were commissioned it was felt that there would be potential cross-cutting themes and learning to emerge from the cases. However, the separate independent reviews established that the circumstances of the two cases were very different, as were their distinct cultural heritage for families from the Czech Republic and Lithuania. The only consistent theme was that English was not the first language of either family, highlighting the importance of the effective use of interpreting services.
Sadly, in both cases the tragic death of these two infants could not have been predicted and the people responsible for their deaths have been brought to justice.
For a copy of the published Serious Case Reviews and a statement issued by Penny Thompson CBE, Independent Chair of BSCB in relation to each case click here. In order to help cascade the learning from these cases we have produced a one page learning lesson briefing note and accompanying powerpoint presentation for front-line professionals and use in team meetings.
A programme of SCR Learning Events are scheduled throughout the year to embed the important learning from these cases. For more information and to book a place click here.
Chairs Accountability Report
The Independent Chair has published her Accountability Report for 2016/17. The report provides an oversight of her first year in office as the Independent Chair of the BSCB. For a copy of the report click here.