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Bexley Safeguarding Children Board

The Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is a statutory requirement set out in the Children Act 2004 which gives duties to ensure that all agencies work together for the welfare of children.  The main responsibilities of the LSCB as set out in section 14 of the Children Act 2004 are to co-ordinate and quality assure the safeguarding children activities of member agencies in Bexley. Bexley LSCB - usually known as the BSCB - is independently chaired and meets bi-monthly. It has a wide membership reflecting the safeguarding partnerships across the borough. Information on the work of the LSCB, policies and protocols can be found on Bexley Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB).  The BSCB sets the strategic priorities that reflect both government and local priorities for the safeguarding agenda in the BSCB Business Plan

Bexley Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB).  Extracts from the Annual Report.

BSCB priorities 2016 / 17 Jane Shuttleworth took up the role of Independent Chair of the BSCB in June 2015.

The BSCB annual report 2016/17

Foreword from the Independent Chair

The annual report includes a foreword from the Independent Chair which notes that in 2016/17 the BSCB prioritised work on:

  • Safeguarding front doors
  • Basic child protection practice
    • Core groups
    • Initial child protection conferences
    • Neglet
  • Adolescent risk
  • Child sexual exploitation.

The Independent Chair’s foreword also sets out the statutory requirements of LSCBs and lists some of its achievements for 2016/17, amongst them the review of the multi-agency thresholds, the BSCB training programme and the BSCB serious incident process. At the same time, the Independent Chair also describes how the DfE-funded innovation, Back to Practice, was implemented. The focus on practice and using the Learning Hub to triangulate information from a wide variety of sources increased the collective understanding of safeguarding across the partnership. The Learning Hub analysed information and made recommendations on improvement to the Quality and Effectiveness Board. As a result of the Back to Practice model, the following successes were noted:

  • A shared understanding of what good safeguarding looks like
  • An improvement in work with teenagers evidenced through the work of the weekly missing meeting and the BSCB case file analysis
  • An improved initial response from children’s social care evidenced through positive feedback from professionals from different agencies at Leaning Hub workshops
  • Single agency and multi-agency training is leading to a more competent and confident workforce evidenced by evaluation of training events.

Challenges and priorities for 2017/18 are also described including the following:

  • Implementing the actions agreed by the Quality and Effectiveness Board and ensuring these have a positive impact on practice
  • Planning a children and young people’s Learning Hub event before the end of the 2017/18 financial year as part of the Keeping Yourself and Your Friends Safe campaign
  • Ensuring consistent good quality basic safeguarding practice across the partnership
  • Responding to adolescent risk.


Expert information to help children and young people stay safe online:

BBC Webwise is part of the BBC website with help & support for all aspects of internet safety -

Avoiding Ratting - Remote Access Trojans -

The Digizen website - "This provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible Digital Citizens." -

A guide from Google to show parents how they can protect your family online.

YouTube Safety Centre -

The 'Digital Parenting Guide' from Vodaphone "Read about the very latest technology and challenges in our new magazine - our Expert View articles, 'How to' guides and Take Action checklists will help you to stay up-to-date and feel more confident about getting involved."

The Cybersmile Foundation website (The Cyberbullying Charity)

'The Parents' and Carers' Guide to the Internet', has been created by CEOP to provide a light hearted and realistic look at what it takes to be a better online parent.

"The Parents Guide to Technology from the UK Safer Internet Centre has been created to answer these questions and introduce some of the most popular devices, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly".

How to set up the parental controls offered by your internet provider (UK Safer Internet Centre)

The parents section of the Know IT All website. The site contains information about positive ways young people are using different technologies, what the risks are to users and it outlines practical advice in avoiding or minimising risks when using online and mobile technologies.

Webcam safety - BBC Webwise -

Child Safety Online Overview (Knowthenet) -

Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying -

A Parents' Guide to Instagram -