BSCP publishes its first annual independent scrutiny report
As part of our committment to evaluating our effectiveness BSCP undertakes an annual independent scrutiny. Completed by Red Quadrant as independent scrutineers the role of the independent scrutineers is to provide assurance in judging the effectiveness
of multi-agency arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in a local area, including arrangements to identify and review serious child safeguarding cases.
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together 2018 dissolved the requirement for Local Safeguarding Children's Boards (LSCB) and required three key partners - the Police, Health (CCG) and the Local Authority - to set up Multi-Agency
Safeguarding Arrangements in their area. The three statutory partners for Barnet, determined under the Children and Social Work Act
2017, comprise the London Borough of Barnet, the North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group, and the North West Basic Command Unit of the Metropolitan Police. The new arrangements are referred to as Barnet Local Safeguarding Children Partnership
(BSCP). Barnet's new arrangements as the local Partnership came into effect in September 2019.The agreement for the BSCP is to have a rotating Chair from the three statutory partners, initially with the Local Authority Chief Executive taking on the role and passing over to the police lead after the first year. In order to provide independence and external oversight to
the BSCP arrangements, the Partnership plan sets out the requirement to have an annual review undertaken by independent scrutineers.