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The Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership (BSCB) is established in accordance with Section 13 of the Children Act 2004 and under statutory guidance; Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 and The Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations 2006.
In July 2017 Ofsted rated the BSCB as inadequate. Specifically, that whilst the current safeguarding arrangements met statutory duties the arrangements were unwieldy and did not provide the environment for effective challenge and accountability and as such the BSCB ‘is not effective in discharging all of its statutory functions’.
This document will clarify accountability, key purposes, functions and tasks of the BSCB ensuring that:
- All constituent partner agencies of the Board are aware of the role, remit and responsibilities of the Board;
- They have an informed understanding about how the Board will manage its core business;
- All constituent agency members are clear about the expectations placed upon their organisation by virtue of their Board membership;
- Agency representatives are clear about the expectations regarding their performance as a Board member.
The new governance arrangements aim to support the BSCB to deliver a good or outstanding partnership within 12 months, and have been developed with an eye to the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and the draft Working Together Statutory Guidance 2018.
The full version of our constitution can be found here.