Welcome to the Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board website
We want to make sure that children and young people feel safe and cared for in Central Bedfordshire
Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) have been established by the government to ensure that organisations work together effectively to safeguard children and promote their welfare. In Central Bedfordshire this includes social care services, education, health, the police, probation, the voluntary sector, youth offending services, early years services - in fact, any organisation providing services for children.
We hope that children and young people, families and communities will use the website as well as professionals working with children.
Independent Chair of Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board
Central Bedfordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Children Arrangements (MASA)
From the 1st September 2019
Arrangements for safeguarding children in England are changing and the Local Safeguarding Children Board in Central Bedfordshire will be changing to a new set of Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements (MASA). The new arrangements in Central Bedfordshire will still be named the Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board (CBSCB).
These new arrangements, which outline how partners will work together to safeguard children will be implemented from September this year. They outline how more emphasis will be placed on considering outcomes for children and young people, and the impact of work that organisations in Central Bedfordshire do to keep children safe, well and achieving their aspirations. The partnership will have more time for reflective discussion, scrutiny of work with children and families and sharing learning so that we can improve.
The Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board will also be working closely with the Safeguarding Boards in Luton and Bedford to ensure that multi-agency working is as joined up and efficient for partners.
The process to report concerns about a child in Central Bedfordshire remains the same, and the operational activity within organisations does not change. The public and practitioners will be reminded it's everyone's responsibility to keep children safe, and any concerns should be reported to The Access and Referral Team on 0300 300 85 85 or via email at AccessReferral@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk
Training, guidance and policies and procedures relating to the safeguarding of children will continue to be available through the Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children website: https://www.centralbedfordshirelscb.org.uk/lscb-website/home-page
Central Bedfordshire Multi Agency Safeguarding Arrangements - Presentation
Central Bedfordshire - Final Signed Multi Agency Safeguarding Arrangements
Appendix A - MASA TOR
Appendix B - MASA Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews Flowchart
Appendix C - MASA Training Arrangements