Changes to LSCB Safeguarding Arrangements

As you will know, new legislation (Children and Social Work Act 2017) dictates that Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs), set up by local authorities, will be replaced. Under the new legislation, the three safeguarding partners (local authorities, police, and clinical commissioning groups) must make arrangements to work together with relevant agencies (as they consider appropriate) to safeguard and protect the welfare of children in their area.

Independent Chair of the LSCB, Chris Robson and Business Manager, Mia Brown met with the statutory safeguarding partners: Brighton & Hove City Council, Sussex Police and Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group on 10 September 2018.

At this initial meeting we wanted to agree the starting point for discussions as to how safeguarding for children in Brighton & Hove would be best delivered, particularly the defining of the ‘local area’. These discussions were extremely productive and we agreed a preference that the new safeguarding arrangements cover Brighton & Hove only, with opportunities for joint working across Sussex maximised wherever possible.

We agreed that the current LSCB is working well and while we are clear we want to utilise the opportunities offered in the Working Together 2018 to improve how we work, there is a general feeling that to dismantle the Brighton & Hove LSCB would be counter-productive.

Chris will be meeting with the Department for Education on Thursday 18th October to seek central government guidance on the ‘next steps’ for transition into the new arrangements. We will continue to meet to shape the new arrangements and our next meeting will be in November.

Please note that the current LSCB and associated policies and procedures remain in place until such time as the new arrangements come into force. We will communicate with you on a regular basis – through our internal organisational mechanisms as well as through the LSCB newsletters and on our https://www.brightonandhovelscb.org.uk/

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss the content of this communication then please do this through your LSCB Member, or through the LSCB Business Manager at mia.brown@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk