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
West Midlands Child Protection Conference System - Principles, Protocols and Practice Standards
This protocol has been agreed across the 7 West Midlands Authorities through the 7 LSCB Boards with the West Midlands Police Force, Chief Executives and Directors of Children’s Services, and NHS partners.
It must be used in conjunction with the statutory requirements in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013, which provides the relevant underpinning legislation. The flow chart all parties are required to follow is attached as appendix 1. Working Together also sets out the part each agency/statutory partner has to play and the steps they need to take. It also takes account of the expectations on schools in Guidance on Safeguarding in Education March 2014
It provides a set of principles, a shared protocol and a set of practice standards which all 7 Boards can use to govern local arrangements, provide consistency of expectation and practice and be used to performance manage and assure local partners as to the effectiveness of the system.
For the full protocol, please Click Here
MASH Launch 28th July 2014
The first phase of MASH is launching on Monday 28th July, and MASH will replace the Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) and the Bridge. The number to make referrals has not changed, it is still 0121 303 1888.
Birmingham MASH will be the first port of call for anyone with a child safeguarding concern.
A MASH is a multi-agency team which co-locates key safeguarding agencies with a view to better identifying risks to children, and improving decision-making, interventions, and outcomes. The creation of a MASH enables the multi-agency team to appropriately review their information systems, share all appropriate information in a secure environment, and ensure that the most appropriate response is provided to effectively safeguard and protect the child.
Birmingham MASH will see agencies across all sectors, represented by over 60 professionals from social care, police, health, education, and the voluntary sector, co-located at Birmingham City Council offices at Lancaster Circus.
For further information, please click here
Early Help Definition
At the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board meeting held on 15th July 2014 the Early Help definition was agreed to be adopted by each organisation. For the Early help Definition - click here
Multi-Agency Escalation Policy
At the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board meeting in Tuesday 15th July 2014 the Escalation Policy - Resolution of Professional Disagreements about Safeguarding Children was agreed to be adopted by all agencies. For a copy of the policy, please click here.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
The DfE recently published revised guidance, Keeping children safe in education that replaces Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education (December 2006).
Guidance in relation to recruitment has now been updated and can be found:
Further information on the Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) please