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The Board

Following on from the 2016 Wood Review, the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 introduced a new duty to be placed on three agencies, to make arrangements for  safeguarding and promoting the  welfare of children in the area. The agencies are:

  • Local Authorities
  • The Chief Constable
  • The Clinical Commissioning Groups

New Arrangements

Over the next few months, arrangements for safeguarding children in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire will change, and a separate Safeguarding Children Board for Staffordshire and Safeguarding Children Partnership for Stoke-on-Trent have been established. Please be assured that, whilst some things will be done separately in future, there will continue to be strong co-operation between Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, and wherever possible joint arrangements and protocols will remain in place to avoid duplication and keep our safeguarding arrangements as simple, effective and joined up as possible.

What does this mean for you?

  • The branding for Staffordshire has changed and you will see this on our communication channels.
  • Our website is still active and although the website address has changes to please be assured you can still access through the original address; this will automatically forward you for the time being.
  • The website will still deliver information, resources, training and quality assurance to all those who work with children in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.
  • Our colleagues in Stoke-on-Trent will still have full access to all information, policies, procedures and reporting processes in their area through the Staffordshire website until further notice.
  • Twitter and Facebook have new Board names @StaffsSCB, however this won’t affect users. if you haven’t already joined us on social media please visit Twitter and Facebook and join the conversation.

Our Team

Helen Riley  

Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities

Staffordshire County Council



Heather Johnstone   

Executive Director of Nursing and Quality

Lead nurse, Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups



Scott Green

Assistant Chief Constable

Staffordshire Police


The vision of the SSCB is that children will be well educated, healthy and safe, cared for by resilient families and strong communities. Moving forward, the Board are seeking to offer training that demonstrates a more confident and skilled children’s workforce and one that is built upon learning and performance.

The Boards priorities for 2020/2021 are:

  1. Child Exploitation
  2. Neglect