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 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 referral form - click here
Publication of a Serious Case Review
Today the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board published a serious case review into the death of Harli Delves-Reid in December 2010. Harli, (10 weeks), was shaken by her father Kurt Delves who subsequently admitted manslaughter and was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison. Jane Held, Independent Chair of the multi-agency Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board, said: “This was a tragedy and my thoughts are with Harli’s family. The person responsible for Harli’s death is her father, who shook her so severely the first time he had sole responsibility for his daughter that it caused fatal injuries.”
The initial report found that it was not possible to assess whether the death could have been predicted but that it was possible it could have been prevented. However, after consideration of evidence given during the trial of Kurt Delves, the Safeguarding Board reviewed the facts and the evidence in the court case and found that the death could neither have been predicted nor prevented.
“This was a family who had some challenges to cope with but who were well supported as new parents, and were loving and attentive to Harli. While this is an extremely sad case it must be remembered that Harli’s father admitted responsibility for killing his daughter.” “ Despite the fact that none of the maternity and health visiting services staff involved with the family could have identified the possibility of or prevented what happened, the report found there were some areas of practice which could have been improved. This happens whenever we look back at practice and the report made some helpful recommendations for health agencies, the police and the BSCB. All of the recommendations made during the process of the Review were implemented and the final report summarises some of the changes that have taken place as a result. Some of these, like the “Don’t shake a Baby Campaign” that arose from the Review findings continue to influence how parents are supported to care for their new baby“The safeguarding board is further publicising the national Never Shake a Baby campaign, and
details can be found here: http://www.lscbbirmingham.org.uk/index.php/campaigns/never-shake-a-baby
For a copy of the Serious Case Review - click here
For the full press release - click here
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