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 Boards - Its Vision is to Improve Safeguarding Outcomes for Children, through supporting and strengthening Independent LSCB Chairs and LSCB Partnerships.  (For details of its Aims click here).  
Its membership is made up of approximately 100 Independent LSCB Chairs operating across 146 LSCBs in England (some chair more than one Board). There is collaboration with colleagues from equivalent structures in Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Independent LSCB Chairs come from a variety of professional backgrounds including police, social work, law, health and public administration.  The Association is underpinned by a regional infrastructure of nine regional groups. Each Chair is invited to join the regional group, appropriate to the location of their LSCB.


AILC publishes its 5th Review of Ofsted Inspection Reports - to see this essential report download now.

AILC releases press statement "‘The Inspections covered in this report show that Independent Chairs are a critical component of the leadership coalition that is required to deliver success" Stated David Ashcroft, Vice Chair of AILC.
AILC publishes its 3rd Annual Report Analysis.  Available to download in the Private Members Area, under Annual Reports.
AILC releases press statement "Independent LSCB Chairs welcome Government's Ambition for Children's Social Care" . Read the details here including AILCs recommendations on the assumption that the reforms propsed in the Children and Social Work Bill are passed by Parliament.
AILC has released a press statement  in response to the Government's publication of the Wood Review and its response. 
We published our view of the essential elements of effective child protection systems. (see our submission here ) We will scrutinise the government's proposals to see whether they match up to our exacting specification.
See full Press Statement here
You can also access the published Bill; Wood Review; Government Response and the Ministerial  via the web-links below.
The Children and Social Work Bill
Alan Wood’s review
Government response
Ministerial Statement
AILC Survey Report regarding the Government's Review of LSCBs
Click here to go to the Private Members' Area to read the findings of AILC's Survey regarding the Government's Review of LSCBs. This includes statistical findings from questions about safeguarding structures, together with comments from Chairs and LSCBs about what makes LSCBs successful.
Currently available to Members Only (LSCB Partnership & Chairs - this content will be made public after a period of exclusivity.  Please check back to view)
AILC has made a submission to the government's LSCB Review setting out our positions on the role of independence, issues for consideration concerning the architecture of local safeguarding arrangements and related issues, including SCRs and CDOPs.  Read more here.
New Article on the Prime Minister's Review of LSCBs published in the Guardian on 22 February 2016.  Government's Review of Child Protection must not weaken servcies - Written by Maggie Blyth and David N Jones.

Letter from Cafcass re attendance at LSCBs, March 2016
Cafcass has responded to a question from the Grater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership regarding attendance at LSCBs. Both the letter from the Chairs and the response from Cafcass can be found on our website, Private Members Area; Cafcass’s response includes the standard that, "our named managers will, upon receipt of LSCB agendas, scrutinise these for matters that are relevant to our remit and to which we can make an effective contribution. "

AILC's fourth quarterly Review of LSCB Inspection Reports
Click here to go to the Private Members' Area to see the latest analysis of Ofsted's inspection judgements, and themes identified, together with comments made regarding LSCB Chairs.
Currently available to Members Only (LSCB Partnership & Chairs - this content will be made public after a period of exclusivity.  Please check back to view)

DfE publish Children's Social Care Reform Paper in January.  See the paper here.

First Article on the Prime Minister's Review of LSCBs published in the Guardian on 13th Jan 2016.  Written by David N Jones and Maggie Blyth.

Terms of Reference for the Review of LSCBs by Alan Wood.

AILC welcomes the Prime Minister's concerns for children as reported on 14th December and supports the objective of ensuring that children everywhere receive good quality care and protection.  AILC is firmly commited to continue its support and improvement work with LSCBs and is in direct discussions with all stakeholders to address this -
read the press release here

MPs have launched an inquiry into police responses to missing children amid concerns that new reporting categories may expose young people to risks, including sexual exploitation.  Read the article from Community Care here

AILC welcomes the recent report published by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, highlighting the extensive reality of child sexual abuse within the family
Press Release

LSCB Chairs call for Systematic Risk Assessment of the Impact of Spending Review Cuts on Vulnerable Children and Families - at the AILC Annual Conference on 9-10 November. 
Read press release here
A resolution was passed unanimously highlighting the safeguarding risks for Children within the Chancellor's 2015 Spending Review. 
Read Resolution here

AILC Publishes its Annual Report for 2014/15 and Business Objectives for 2015/16.  Read the report here
Read the Press Release here
AILC Publishes NEW Reports

Two new reports from the Association of Local Safeguarding Board Chairs (AILC) provide vivid insights into the reality of local safeguarding practice and the role of LSCBs and their Chairs.

 AILC's 'Review of LSCB Annual Reports' provides a structured analysis of last year’s annual reports by LSCBs, with examples of good practice, together with model templates for use by Safeguarding Boards. You can access this report here.

AILC has also published an independent analysis of Ofsted's reports of LSCB inspections, showing the key role of LSCB Chairs in challenging and leading improvements and identifying the elements of effective safeguarding arrangements. You can access this report here.

In his foreword to the review of the outcomes from the latest Ofsted Inspections, AILC Chair, David N Jones, expresses surprise that ‘not one of the inspections to date, within the current framework, has judged even one LSCB as ‘outstanding’. He continues in a press release: ‘can this really be because there is no outstanding practice, especially when international comparisons show that our arrangements are as good as the best and better than most?"

The Association has responded to the publication of a comprehensive and challenging survey of LSCBs undertaken by Research in Practice (RiP) for the Local Government Association (LGA). Download the press release here.
The full LGA report can be found here.

FCASE Pilot Programme Evaluation Report Published.
FCASE is a major initiative,  funded by the Department for Education and run by Barnardo’s.  The International Centre  at the University of Bedfordshire was commissioned to evaluate the effectiveness of the programme over a two year period from 2013 to 2015. FCASE combines several elements of work in the area of CSE, that have not been previously been brought together  in a structured programme. The programme emphasises the need for work with parents/carers and young people as well as community awareness raising in order for the early signs of child sexual exploitation to be identified, and for preventative strategies to be put in place.  The full report can be found here.

The Police & Crime Committee have published a report Confronting CSE in London. It highlights the range of positive work taking place across London to tackle CSE.  They call upon London's LSCBs to be vigilant and continue to strengthen the systems in place to protect children and young people from sexual exploitation.

New Ofsted Annual Report published click here to see the report and in the Association's Private Members Area is a compilation of LSCB references within the Ofsted Annual report, in a useful checklist chart.

C4EO Report on Effective LSCBs report was published  and it was encouraging to see acknowledgement of the Association's role for Chairs;
"Collaboration and sharing practice between chairs is greatly valued by LSCB chairs. The Association of Independent Chairs plays an important role in providing the means for chairs to do this"
For the full report click here

Our library of policy updates

Child Protection topics - useful information

Recent messages of Research
DfE funded research published on 'Assessing Parental Capacity to Change when Children are at the Edge of Care: an overview of current research experience'.


Membership is only open to Independent LSCB Chairs, and to complete the registration form and access the private membership area follow this link
LSCBs - information and resources
The Association launched its LSCB Chairs' Induction Toolkit in our Private Members Area . A helpful toolkit to provide in one place a range of information about the core areas of a Chairs role and where they might find practice exemplars.

New AILC report - Further to the DFE publishing:
Safeguarding Practioners: Information Sharing Advice:
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Working Together Revisions

The Association has produced a new report that lists the references to LSCBs within these reports.  Click here for AILC's report.

AILC  Webinars
The Association launched a series of learning webinars as part of our Induction and CPD Programme for Chairs, in partnership with Research in Practice. Take a look under Continuing Professional Development in the Private Member's Area for more information on the latest Webinar and to catch up on the recorded webinars for:
Governance and Partnership Working
Quality Assurance and Performance Management

AILC report  - An analysis of recent Ofsted judgements and themes re LSCBs can be found in our Private Members Area, this is very helpful reading and as a checklist, prior to Ofsted inspections of LSCBs.

Useful documents to strengthen the effectiveness of LSCBs 

The requirement under Working Together to publish Serious Case Reviews
SCR publications  
Duty to publish SCRs
SCRs and the Independent Panel process

At-a-glance thematic SCR briefings highlighting the learning from Serious Case Reviews.

The regulations for undertaking Child Death Overviews are set out in Chapter 5 of Working Together

CDOP information and resources, here
Contact details for CDOPs  here

Adfam recently published Medications in Drug Treatment: Tackling the Risks to Children. This research found 20 Serious Case Reviews in the last decade involving the ingestion of drug treatment medicines by children; 17 of these were undertaken in 2008-13. An executive summary, and the full version of this report is available on this link   

Ofsted Guidance for Schools
Ofsted published new guidance on Inspecting Safeguarding in Maintained Schools and Academies.  To download guidance click here

SCR & Criminal Proceedings Guidance
National Policing Homicide Working Group have published a guide for Police, Crown Prosecution Service and LSCBs.  To download guide click here

David N Jones, Chair of the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs, highlights the central role of Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards in confronting sexual exploitation of young people and overseeing continuous improvement in local safeguarding services.

Chief social worker, Isabelle Trowler, and the Department for Education have launched a knowledge and skills statement which sets out in one place what a child and family social worker will need to know and be able to do
DfE press release     Policy summary

The National Panel
The first annual report of independent experts on Serious Case Reviews has been published here

The report ‘The GP’s role in responding to child maltreatment’ calls on governments and policy makers to re-think the role of GPs and maximise the potential of the crucial doctor-parent and doctor-child relationships to create a public health approach of early intervention to reduce child maltreatment.
The full report is available here

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