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 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.
The Ministry of Justice has published a consultation on a proposal to introduce a civil protection order to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM), here
In addition, the Department of Health has introduced a range of measures at the Girl Summit to tackle FGM including: funding to launch the FGM prevention programme; improved data collection across the NHS to help establish prevalence; and improved training for frontline workers to recognise and respond to FGM, here
The National Crime Agency (NCA) reports that a six month operation has led to the arrest of 660 suspected child sex offenders. The investigation, which targeted people accessing online child abuse images, is estimated to have safeguarded over 400 UK children. NCA briefing
We provide a weekly national policy update
Child Protection topics - useful information
The Spring 2014 edition of the Child Protection –Information Sharing (CP-IS) newsletter.
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'.
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
Membership is only open to Independent LSCB Chairs, and to complete the registration form and access the private membership area follow this link
The Association's operational activities are focused on three priority workstreams:
The Association regularly responds to public consultations
as the national voice for Independent LSCB Chairs.
LSCBs - information and resources
Useful documents to strengthen the effectiveness of LSCBs
The requirement under Working Together to publish Serious Case Reviews
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
The next Annual LSCB Chair Conference is on
10-11 November 2014, London Arts House
The conference programme and booking form will be published by mid-September