The Camden Safeguarding Children Board

Welcome to the Camden Safeguarding Children Board. Safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility, and the purpose of this website is to encourage the widest possible participation in the work of the Local Safeguarding Children Board.

CSCB Vision Statement

All children and young people in Camden are safe and thriving.

CSCB Mission Statement

Working in partnership to keep all children and young people safe and thriving within an environment where safeguarding is everybody's business and intervention and support is timely and right for individuals and families.

CSCB Values

  • Respect for children, young people and their families
  • Making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people
  • Working together in partnership
  • Collective and mutual challenge between partners to keep children safe
  • Involving communities at a local level
  • Valuing and responding to diversity

What is a Local Safeguarding Children Board

Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) were established by the Children Act 2004.

The LSCB is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant agencies in each local area will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in that locality, and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • Enabling children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.

What Does the Local Safeguarding Board Do?

Local authorities and LSCB partners have a statutory obligation to establish and support the operation of the LSCB, the role of which is to scrutinise local arrangements. To do this it should have a separate identity and an independent voice and should not be subordinate to, nor subsumed within, other local structures in a way that might compromise it.

The statutory functions of the LSCB are clearly stated in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’. They are to:

  • develop local policies and procedures as specified in the regulations for how the different organisations will work together on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children;
  • communicate the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and participate in local planning;
  • undertake a Serious Case Review where abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected, a child has died, or been seriously harmed, and there is cause for concern as to the way in which the authority, their Board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child;
  • review the deaths of all children who are normally resident in their area and put in place procedures to ensure that there is a coordinated response by relevant organisations to an unexpected death of a child. Statutory guidance on Learning and Improvement sets out the process that must be followed when undertaking these reviews and Serious Case Reviews;
  • monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advise them on ways to improve. This should include as a minimum:
  • assessing the effectiveness and impact of the help being provided to children and families, including early help; and quality assuring practice for example through joint audits of case files involving practitioners and identifying lessons to be learned;
  • assess whether Board partners are fulfilling their statutory obligations under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 and parallel duties and asking Board partners to self-evaluate;
  • monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of training, including multi-agency training, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and
  • produce and publish an annual report on the effectiveness of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the local area. The purpose of this report is to ask whether safeguarding arrangements are working, and if not, why not. It should provide local partners and the public with a rigorous and transparent assessment of the performance of local services. Once published the annual report should be submitted to the Chief Executive and Leader of the Council, the local Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chair of the health and wellbeing board.

LSCBs will not usually be operational bodies, nor do they deliver services to children and their families. However, an LSCB may take on an operational and delivery role in line with its objectives as set out in Section 14 of the Children Act 2004:

  • Co-ordinate, monitor and support what is done by each person or body represented on the LSCB for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area of the authority;
  • Ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for that purpose.

For more information please see the London Child Protection Procedures which are published by the London Safeguarding Children Board and are available at www.londoncp.co.uk and ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (2013) which is available on the CSCB website: www.cscb.org.uk under ‘Professionals/Policies and Guidance/National Policies and Guidance’.

LSCB Arrangements for Camden

The Camden Board ensures the coordination of safeguarding work by all agencies and monitors the effectiveness of child protection work across the local authority area. The Board has an independent Chair and has lay members and representatives from the key local agencies on its main Board, Subgroups and task/finish groups.

Dominic Clout
Independent Chair

Vacant post
LSCB Business Manager

Dinishia Mitford
LSCB Development Officer
Telephone: 020 7974 6658
Email: Dinishia.Mitford@camden.gov.uk

Contact the LSCB Team

  • phone number:
  • 020 7974 6658

  • our address:
  • Camden Safeguarding Children Board
    5 Pancras Square
    London
    N1C 4AG


What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:
  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Everyone has a responsibility to keep children and young people safe. All organisations that come into contact with children should have specific safeguarding policies and procedures in place. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports clubs.

CSCB Safeguarding Children

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What do I need to do to safeguard children in my care?

Organisations need to make sure that the way they work with children keeps them safe and does not place them at unacceptable risk of harm.

They can do this through:
  • establishing, implementing and following good safeguarding policies and procedures including safe recruitment (see the Core Policies and Procedures section for guidance on developing a child protection policy or click on the following link Guide to Developing a Child Protection Policy — 2015)
  • ensuring all staff and volunteers are aware of and follow the organisation’s safeguarding policies and procedures
  • ensuring that all staff and volunteers receive child protection training (see the Training Calendar of Events for the Camden Safeguarding Children Board Course Programme

Please refer to the Working Together To Safeguard Children 2015 guidance which covers legislative requirements and expectations on individual services to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.


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