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; and
- 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
Published Today: BSCB Annual Report 2015/16
Today I am pleased to publish the 2015/16 BSCB Annual Report. I took over as Independent Chair in April 2016, charged with reviewing partnership arrangements and sustaining and accelerating progress on delivery of the Strategic Plan 2014-17. Our shared and agreed purpose remains to ensure that Birmingham becomes confidently regarded and evidenced to be a safe and sound place in which to grow up.
All partners are committed to and working together, delivering the required improvements. This process is underway and the destination is clear.
I commend the Child Death Overview Panel report which is also published today. It analyses the cause of all child deaths in the City and sets out four key issues to address, including the management of childhood asthma.
To obtain a copy of the BSCB Annual Report click here
Early Help in Birmingham
Birmingham is adopting a Signs of Safety and Wellbeing Practice Framework and a new Early Help Assessment and Our Family Plan to stregthen the support to children and families in the city. This is part of the improvements developed through the Early Help and Safeguarding Partnership, to better support practitioners and listen to the child and family. For more information click here.
Football Child Sex Abuse Scandal
Given the serious information that continues to come to light regarding child abuse in football, The FA has commissioned a dedicated NSPCC helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry.
The helpline will be available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642.