Structure and Constitution

The Safeguarding Children Board is a statutory body that was established on 1st April 2006 in accordance with the requirements of the Children Act 2004. The Board provides the framework for ensuring that effective services are provided with partner agencies, including:

  • Staffordshire County Council (incorporating children's services; adult services, the Youth Offending Service and public health responsibilities)
  • The eight District / Borough Councils - (all represented by one nominated representative)
  • The Chief Police Officer of Staffordshire Police
  • Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust
  • NHS Midlands and East (cluster of SHAs)
  • Staffordshire Cluster of PCTs (from April 2013 this will become 'The Local Office of the National Commissioning Board')
  • Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust
  • Burton Hospital NHS Trust
  • Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust
  • North Staffordshire Combined Health NHS Trust
  • South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • CAFCASS
  • HMYOI Werrington
  • Representation from Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
  • Local school representation from a primary, secondary, special school and college
  • Lay members (currently in the process of being recruited)

The core functions of the Board are set out in the Local Safeguarding Children Board's Regulations, 2006. Without prejudice to the generality of the objectives, the Board's functions are to generate more effective arrangements throughout the whole partnership in relation to:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children's health or development;
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • Enabling children to have optimum life chances in entering adulthood successfully, particularly in terms of being healthy and staying safe;
  • Ensuring that lessons are learned by sharing best child protection and safeguarding practice generally; and in particular, from episodes including when a child dies, or suffers serious harm when maltreatment is considered to have been a contributory factor; and
  • Ensuring that work to protect children from harm is properly co-ordinated and effective is the primary function of the Board.

Board members are senior representatives of the main agencies and have a responsibility to safeguard children.

Constitution

This Constitution clarifies the governance arrangements for Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB), and sets out the accountability and responsibilities of partner agencies in discharging their duties in respect of membership of the SSCB.

This document is designed to assist members in interpreting their role in and contribution to the SSCB, so that we can achieve our objective of securing effective inter- agency arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

The SSCB Constitution will be reviewed as part of the annual reporting and business planning cycle to reflect any local strategic partnership developments and new structural arrangements.

SSCB Constitution (550KB)

Structure

SSCB is supported by a number of work streams specialising in different areas of work to help the Board achieve its objectives as set out in it's Business Plan.

Business Plan 2015-2016 (1.1 MB)

These include:

  • Executive Group
  • Policy and Procedures
  • Serious Case Review
  • Workforce Development and Training
  • Performance Management
  • Child Death Overview Panel