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Welcome to the Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB)

Nicky Pace

Many people will not be clear of the role of the WSCB, what it is or does. Safeguarding Children Boards were set up following the Children Act 2004 resulting from the Victoria Climbie enquiry, which called for new arrangements to hold people to account in organisations responsible for safeguarding children.

The WSCB has a really important role in coordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of what is done by each and every person involved in protecting children and carries statutory responsibilities for safeguarding children in Wandsworth. It is made up of senior managers within organisations in Wandsworth, who hold responsibility for safeguarding children in their agencies, such as children's social care, police, health, education and other services including voluntary bodies. The WSCB monitors how they all work together to provide services for children and ensure children are protected.

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015, the statutory guidance, identifies that everyone who comes into contact with children and young people has a contribution to make and puts greater emphasis on early help services to ensure that children receive the support they need to prevent a problem escalating. It affirms that effective safeguarding of children can only be achieved by putting children at the centre of the system.

We have reviewed and revised our key safeguarding priorities areas for 2016-2018. These can be read here.

Nicky Pace
Independent Chair

Who is the WSCB and what do we do?

Children and young people can only be safeguarded properly if everyone involved with them work effectively together. It is everyone's responsibility to safeguard children and young people, whether you work directly or indirectly with them.

Child protection is part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering, significant harm.  This includes protection from any form of abuse: neglect, physical, emotional and sexual.

Watch our brief video, explaining who the WSCB is, what we do, and what we are responsible for. Enjoy!

Consent for audit

The WSCB has an important role to quality assure safeguarding practice in Wandsworth; and to achieve this we will regularly review or audit safeguarding cases involving multi-agency working to make sure that working is effective, focused on children and that any learning is identified and acted upon to improve services.  Audit of cases helps develop better practice and ensure services have a positive impact on children’s safety and wellbeing.

To do this the Board sometimes has to monitor and enable sharing of personal information between different agencies working with children and families.  This information will only be shared with agency representatives nominated and accredited by the Board and kept secure at all times, including by using secure electronic information systems.  Local Safeguarding Children Boards have the legal authority to review cases in Section 14b of the Children Act 2004, see: webpage