Middlesbrough Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) safeguards and promotes the welfare of children and young people.
The MSCB has its main meetings every two months and has a number of associated task groups, which are linked to the core functions of LSCBs. The task groups are made up of members of the MSCB and practitioners with relevant skills and knowledge. The task groups are:
- MSCB Performance and Quality Assurance sub group (long term group)
- MSCB Safeguarding Implementation group (long term group incorporating the communication strategy, the eSafety strategy, and policies and procedures)
- MSCB Safeguarding Liaison group
- MSCB Learning and Improving Practice sub group
- MSCB Strategic VEMT group
MSCB is also represented in the following regional groups:
- Child Death Overview Panel (comprising Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, and Stockton On Tees LSCBs)
- South Tees LSCBs training group (comprising Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland LSCBs)
- Tees eSafety group
- Tees-wide policies and procedures group (comprising Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, and Stockton On Tees LSCBs)
- Tees Strategic VEMT group
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In England the main laws to safeguard children are found in the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004.
Working Together to Safeguard Children
The foremost government guidance to protect children and young people is 'Working Together to Safeguard Children'. This sets out how all organisations and practitioners should work together to promote the welfare of children and young people, and protect them from abuse and neglect. In 'The Protection of Children in England: A Progress Report' (2009) Lord Laming made a number of recommendations which the government addressed through a revision of 'Working Together to Safeguard Children'.
Local Safeguarding Children Boards
Each local authority must be covered by a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), which is responsible for putting government guidance into practice.
The introduction of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) was a direct response to the Laming Inquiry's review in 2003 after the death of Victoria Climbie. Although LSCBs are largely based on the functions of the previous Area Child Protection Committees (ACPCs), they have a much wider remit. They must be proactive, and also undertake a coordinating and monitoring role. Crucially, they're regularly assessed by the relevant inspectorates which monitor and evaluate their effectiveness in terms of the contribution they make to the welfare of children.