The Children Act 2004 required each Local Authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
From April 1st 2013, the five former LSCBs in the region merged to create one South East Wales Safeguarding Children Board (SEWSCB). SEWSCB covers the Local Authority areas of Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Newport and Caerphilly.
The purpose of the Board is to co-ordinate multi agency safeguarding children work and to ensure the effectiveness of that work in improving outcomes for children and young people.
The Board's vision is 'All children and young people living in South East Wales are protected from abuse and neglect, live in safe homes and communities and are supported to achieve their full potential.'
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people is defined as:
Protecting children from maltreatment
Preventing impairment of children's health and development
Ensuring that children are growing up in safe circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and creating opportunities to enable children to fulfill their potential whatever that may be.
The Board brings together senior representatives from all organisations that work with children and their families in the region:
The five Local Authorities Children Services, Adult Services, Housing, Education and Youth Offending Services, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Public Health Wales, Gwent Police, Wales Probation Trust, Child and Family Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS), Barnardos, Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations and Torfaen Voluntary Alliance
All member agencies must have in place
A clear statement of their safeguarding responsibilities (on an individual, professional and multi agency level)
Training for all staff and volunteers who come into contact with children, young people and their families
Safe recruitment and vetting procedures
Clear policies and procedures for responding to child protection concerns including managing allegations against staff and volunteers and whistle blowing
Effective arrangements for working with and sharing information with other agencies
Board members need to be able to:
Speak for their agencies with authority
Commit their agency on policy/practice matters
Take responsibility for the delivery of their agency's commitment to the Board
Translate Board aims into activity for their own agency
Contribute to the development of the Board and provide appropriate challenge to the Board
The Board wants to achieve the following outcomes over the next three years:
Children will not experience harm through neglect
Adolecents will not be harmed through self harm/suicide, going missing, misusing drugs and alcohol, sexual exploitation, engaging in anti social or criminal behaviour
Children and young people who are living with domestic abuse, parental mental health issues and/or parental substance misuse get the support they need at an early stage and have improved outcomes
The Board has a three year strategic plan that sets out what it wants to achieve, how it will do that and how it will know it has been effective.
Web address: www.sewsc.org.uk
Email: [email protected]