Safeguarding Board: Statutory Aspects
The new statutory functions of the Local Safeguarding Board are to:
- Communicate and raise awareness by people and their communities around safeguarding
- Promote the welfare of children and young people
- Review child deaths and to coordinate the response to unexpected child deaths
- Undertake a broader remit for safeguarding policy
- Write new procedures for Safeguarding Children to include prevention, safety and welfare of children who are privately fostered, policy on recruitment, and investigations concerning people working with children
- Monitor and assess the effectiveness of Safeguarding Children
From 01 April 2006 the Local Safeguarding Children Board has a statutory duty to assess the effectiveness of arrangements to safeguarding and promote the well being of children throughout Birmingham.
Birmingham Area Child Protection Committee already has in place a Quality Assurance and Audit Sub-Committee, which has developed an audit and scrutiny programme to provide an independent, evidence based overview of the quality of local safeguarding activity. The audit programme aims to identify, showcase and disseminate good practice, but will also challenge and engage those organisations working with children to ensure they work more effectively together to improve outcomes for children.