Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board

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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.

Alan Caton

Independent Chair of Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board


June 2017 - LSCB Ofsted Inspection

The Local Safeguarding Children Board is good

Executive summary

Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board is good. Clear governance arrangements and systematic scrutiny ensure that accountabilities are clear and enable rigorous oversight of safeguarding arrangements.

The influential independent chair has created a strong and engaged partnership, with collective determination to safeguard children. A collaborative approach to partnership working ensures that partners benefit from shared work-streams with neighbouring LSCBs under a pan-Bedfordshire arrangement.

The board maintains critical oversight of the effectiveness of services provided to children in need of early help and children looked after. It has ensured that safeguarding arrangements are effective for children who have disabilities, those in private fostering arrangements and other vulnerable groups. Close partnership working supports effective disruption activity and ensures that children at risk of sexual exploitation receive the help they need. There is a need to build on this ensure that the analysis from return home interviews, child sexual exploitation risk assessments and screening tools informs future planning and mapping activity.

Comprehensive performance analysis, audit and monitoring ensure that the board has a triangulated understanding of safeguarding practice across the partnership. While this enables scrutiny in most key areas, the board does not currently review data relating to contacts and there have been gaps in the submission of performance information in respect of missing children. Consequently, the board is not yet assured of the effectiveness of practice in these areas.

The board has been proactive in consulting children and young people about their views of the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements.

The board robustly scrutinises frontline practice through a well-embedded programme of audit activity, which provides a line of sight to frontline practice, but action planning and evaluation need strengthening.

The learning and improvement framework draws on a range of learning, including learning from child deaths and serious case reviews. A comprehensive training programme equips staff with the knowledge and confidence to carry out their work.

The annual report provides a comprehensive overview of local performance and the work of the board over the preceding year, but it is too descriptive, with insufficient evaluation of the impact of the board’s work.



What does the LSCB do?

What does the LSCB do? 

Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board is the lead statutory partnership for:

  • Coordinating the work done by the various agencies to safeguard children and promote their welfare, and
  • Ensuring that this work is carried out effectively

The LSCB's objectives and purpose

The Children Act 2004 places a duty on children's services to establish local boards and sets out the agencies that will be ‘Board partners' on the LSCB. The Act also places a duty for the authority and Board partners to cooperate with each other.

Further guidance for the LSCB is set out in "Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to inter-agency working." This defines the LSCB as, "the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations...will cooperate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children...and ensuring the effectiveness of what they do."

How the LSCB works

Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Board working arrangements 

Partners in Central Bedfordshire work together to safeguard children through the following arrangements:

Core Business and Improvement Group

Case Review Group

Child Death Overview Panel - CDOP

Child Sexual Exploitation Group  - CSEG

Roles and Responsibilities of the Executive Lead Member, Chief Executive, Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children Board and Director of Children’s Services


LSCB Annual Reports

Working Together 2015 guidance sets areas to be covered in the Annual Report. It should provide a rigorous and transparent assessment of the performance and effectiveness of local services. It should identify areas of weakness, the causes of those weaknesses and the action being taken to address them as well as other proposals for action. The report should include lessons from reviews undertaken within the reporting period

It should also list the contributions made to the LSCB by partner agencies and details of what the LSCB has spent, including on Child Death Reviews, Serious Case Reviews and other specific expenditure such as learning events or training. The Annual Report should be published on the local LSCBs website and is drawn to the attention of the Health and Wellbeing Board, the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Local Authority Chief Executive and the Leader of the Council.

CBSCB Business Plan 2017-2019 (Revised March 2018)

Annual Report 2017-2018

Annual Report 2016-2017

Annual Report 2015-2016


Key LSCB publications

 The Central Bedfordshire LSCB has published the following key documents which set out partners' approach to key areas of work:

The LSCB Governance Structure

LSCB Governance Structure

Members Room

Welcome to the LSCB members room


This room has been created for members of the LSCB. This includes members of the Strategic Board and members of the Core Business and Improvement Group.

Once you have your password, you can acess your papers for your next meeting,  minutes of your last meeting and all associated documentation. It is important for members to get their password, as soon all information in relation to Board meetings will only be available on this page.

Core Business and Improvement Group Members

Welcome to the forum for members of the Core Business and Improvement Group.


Core Business and Improvement Group Papers - August 2016

Core Business and Improvement Group Papers - November 2016

Core Business and Improvement Group Papers - February 2017

Core Business and Improvement Group Papers - May 2017

Core Business and Improvement Group Papers - August 2017

Core Business and Improvement Group Papers - November 2017

Core Business and Improvement Group Papers - February 2018

Core Business and Improvement Group Papers - May 2018
















Strategic Board Members

Welcome to the forum for members of the Strategic Board:


Strategic Board Papers - 28th June 2016

Strategic Board Papers - 27th September 2016

Strategic Board Papers - 20th December 2016

Strategic Board Papers - 20th March 2017

Strategic Board Papers - 19th June 2017

Strategic Board Papers - 18th September 2017

Strategic Board Papers - 19th December 2017

Strategic Board Papers - 28th March 2018

















Induction Packs

The Induction packs for Board members can be accessed below:

Board Member Induction Pack

Lay Member Briefing Pack

Lay Member Induction Pack





Contact Us

Contact Information

We would welcome your views, suggestions, comments or complaints in regard to the work of the LSCB which you can send us via email or ring our LSCB administrator as below.

LSCB Administrator
Watling House,
High Street North, 
LU6 1LF.

Tel: 0300 300 6455


If your enquiry relates to Training please contact the LSCB Training Department:

Tel:  0300 300 6676


If you have concerns about a child please contact any of the following agencies:

During office hours ( 8:45 am to 5:20 pm Monday to Thursday, 8:45 am to 4:20 pm Friday ) you can contact your local Social Care Children's Teams directly:

Children and Families - Social Care Teams:
Bedford Borough Council - 01234 718700
Central Bedfordshire Council - 0300 300 8585

If you urgently need help outside office hours you can contact Bedfordshire Social Care on 0870 2385465 / 0300 300 8123

Bedfordshire Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit - 01234 846960

NSPCC 0808 800 5000

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