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?
If you have any concerns about the safety and/or welfare of a child or young person telephone the Children's Advice & Support Service (CASS) on 0121 303 1888 or e-mail.
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 - 27th October 2017
On the 27th October 2017 the Multi-Agency Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board published the learning from a Serious Case Review in relation to a case of child abuse. The perpetrator has been brought to justice and was sentenced to a substantial period of imprisonment.
The young person in this case was sexually abused by her mother’s partner over a sustained period. The young victim and her mother have contributed to the review, wanting to ensure that their experiences and feedback aids understanding and helps improve front-line practice. We are adhering to the child’s wishes that the case is anonymised and she has asked that the name “Isobel” be used to tell her story.
For a copy of the published learning from this Serious Case Review and the statement issued by Penny Thompson CBE, Independent Chair of the BSCB in relation to the case please click here. In order to help cascade the learning from this case we have produced a one page Learning Lessons Briefing Note and accompanying PowerPoint Presentation for front-line professionals to use in team meetings.
A programme of SCR Learning Events is scheduled throughout the year to embed the important learning from this and other cases. For more information and to book a place click here.
BSCB Campaign - ‘Keeping Children Safe is Everybody’s Business’
On the 16th October 2017 the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board launched a public awareness campaign ‘Keeping Children Safe is Everybody’s Business’ in response to key learning that has emerged from a number of Serious Case Reviews. The aim is to raise community awareness of what to do if you are worried about a child and most importantly to encourage members of the public to call Birmingham City Council’s Children’s Advice & Support Service to report their concerns, so action can be taken to safeguard and protect the child. To find out more information about the campaign click here.