Role of the Board
The Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) is a statutory body established under the Children Act 2004.
The NSCB is independently chaired and consists of senior representatives of all the principle agencies and organisations in the county whose staff come into contact with children and young people, their parents and carers.
The purpose of the NSCB is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Northamptonshire. This is done by coordinating the work of those people and organisations represented on the board, and ensuring that what they do is effective.
The NSCB also has a strategic role in challenging the overall safeguarding work of the Children and Young People’s Partnership Board (CYPPB) and for ensuring continuous improvement in practice. Working closely with the CYPPB, the NSCB takes lead responsibility for coordinating the safeguarding work of the CYPPB partners and for monitoring the quality and consistency of safeguarding practice and training across all partner agencies.
The NSCB is not an operational body. Its role is to ensure the coordination and effectiveness of the services provided to children, young people and their families by member organisations. The NSCB holds its member organisations to account for their performance and contributes to the broader planning, commissioning and delivery of services.
To take forward its coordinating and monitoring roles, the NSCB is responsible for the following functions:
- Monitoring how well statutory agencies are carrying out their responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, including their safe staffing arrangements (under section 11 of the Children Act 2004);
- Setting up and running a programme of multi-agency safeguarding training;
- Drawing up and monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of NSCB inter-agency procedures
- Undertaking a Serious Case Review (SCR) when a child dies, and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death. The purpose of an SCR is to establish the lessons to be learned from the case and how these will be acted on to improve how organisations work together to safeguard children; and
- Taking an overview of all child deaths (under 18 years) in the area, identifying any potentially contributory recurrent themes, circumstances, or possible limitations in service provision by one or more agencies.
Last updated: 14 March 2015