Welcome to the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs

The Association of Independent LSCB Chairs is the national membership organisation for Independent Chairs of Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCBs). Its membership covers 111 Independent LSCB Chairs operating across 146 LSCBs in England, and there is collaboration with colleagues from equivalent structures in Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Chairs come from a variety of professional backgrounds including police, social work, law, health and public administration. More  The Association is underpinned by a regional infrastructure of nine regional groups. Each Independent LSCB Chair is invited to join the regional group, appropriate to the location of their LSCB. More
Latest News
On 22 April, a single Family Court replace the three separate tiers of court that previously dealt with family proceedings. The new 26 week time limit for care proceedings will reduce the excessive delays in these cases and give greater certainty to the children involved. Expert evidence in family proceedings concerning children only permitted when necessary to resolve the case justly, taking account of factors including the impact on the welfare of the child. Family Justice - implementing the single Family Court Event
Local Safeguarding Children Boards -
information and resources

Useful resources for Independent Chairs, LSCB members and Business managers and anyone else with an interest in research and practice that refer to LSCB core duties and responsibilities. 
Link to LSCB page

Annual reports - messages of good practice new

Child Protection topics - useful information
Messages of Research
The Local Authorities Research Consortium’s (LARC) research into early intervention and children experiencing neglect highlights some important messages for LSCB members. The summary is based on interviews with over 105 practitioners, and 40 children and families across nine English local authorities. 
Link to publication
Child Protection Information sharing
The Health and Social Care Information Centre has published a progress up date on the Child Protection
Information Sharing IT solution.
Newsletter (Feb 2014)

Membership is open to all Independent LSCB Chairs in England and Chairs of equivalent structures in Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. More 

Association Priorities
The Association's operational activities are focused on four main workstreams: Serious Case Reviews, LSCB effectiveness,  Child Sexual Exploitation/Missing Children, Professional Development for Chairs.  More
Safeguarding Policy Updates
Members are regularly updated about policy developments that refer to LSCB safeguarding issues.
 Policy updates

The Ofsted report ‘In a child’s time‘ explores the effectiveness of arrangements to safeguard children who experience neglect, with a particular focus on children aged 10 years and under. The report draws on evidence from 124 cases and from the views of parents, carers and professionals from the local authority and partner agencies. Read the report here

Guidance for schools on FGM
After a meeting with Fahma Mohamed, DfE confirms that all schools will receive guidance on keeping girls safe from FGM - here
Facts and information on FGM - here

First prosecution for FGM, read more
SCR Publications
There is the requirement under Working Together to publish Serious Case Reviews for
SCR publications  
Duty to publish SCRs
SCRs and the Independent Panel process

Latest SCR thematic reviews
Learning from Case Reviews where online abuse was a key factor 
At a glance briefing

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