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.
Since 1 April 2008, the Board has had a specific mandate to review all child deaths in Birmingham. In a small number of cases where abuse or neglect is suspected to be a factor in a child’s death, the Board will commission an independent Serious Case Review to identify whether any lessons can be learnt from these tragedies. The Board works in close partnership with with Ofsted, Department for Education and the Strategic Health Authority to ensure the findings are fully implemented holding agencies to account for their performance.
The Board strives to continuously improve how agencies work together to protect children and young people. There is a desire to develop a shared sense of responsibility across all agencies working with children, their families and communities to keep children safe from harm. The Board believes that “safeguarding is everyone’s business”.
Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation
Across the West Midlands Local Safeguarding Children Boards are working together to combat Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). The Home Office have seconded a Senior Civil Servant, Stephen Rimmer, for two year period to help co-ordinate regional activity and develop a strategic programme of improvement to combat CSE. The group held a regional conference this month and have begun work on enhancing the sharing of cross border intelligence which can be used to better target police operations and agencies support.
Jane Held said, " The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board recognise the importance of collaborative working at both National and a Regional level to eradicate child sexual abuse."
In Birmingham Jacqui Jensen has been appointed as the 'CSE Champion' directing multi-agency action through a CSE Sub-Group responsible for implementation of the citywide strategy and operational delivery. The BSCB have funded a full time operations manager to target disruption activity and help bring perpetrators to justice. Two operational sub-groups coordinator a range of support where concerns are identified that children are at risk to child abuse.
In November 2013, Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board ratified the revised Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy and approved a range of measures to further strengthen partnership working across the region and in Birmingham.
"The strategy has the strong support of Stephen Rimmer, the new lead across the West Midlands for Preventing Violence against Vulnerable People. He will be working with the Board to ensure its effective implementation, and that good practice is shared across the region."
Click image below; to download the Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy
Section 175 Audit
There is a statutory requirement for each governing/responsible body to ensure that their statutory duties in relation to safeguarding are robust and fit for purpose. The method of demonstrating this to the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) is a Section 175 audit. For the year April 2012 -March 2013 the Board expects each governing/responsible body to carry out its own audit. The reason for this is that it will enable each school and Further Education College to consider its own safeguarding arrangements and ensure that they meet statutory requirements and demonstrate best possible practice.
The BSCB is aware that schools and Further Education Colleges are also required to provide evidence to Ofsted about the effectiveness of safeguarding practice during inspections. A ‘Safeguarding Children in Education’ Audit Tool has therefore been developed to assist schools and colleges carry out a self audit which incorporates both the Board’s and Ofsted’s requirements. The audit process will help identify strengths upon which to build and areas for further improvement in safeguard children and young people.
For this year the completion of the Safeguarding Audit will be paper based, but in future years the BSCB is seeking to develop with schools an online system. The aim is enhance analysis of the findings, identify training issues and provide oversight of progress on identified areas for improvement in a format that provides evidence and reassurance for the BSCB, Ofsted, School Governors and parents.
Please download the Safeguarding Audit Tool and return to via
Schools safeguarding audit (blank template) - click here