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Governance & accountability

Our main role is to co-ordinate what is done locally to protect and promote the welfare of children and young people in Hillingdon and to monitor the effectiveness of those arrangements to ensure better outcomes for children and young people.

Hillingdon LSCB is made up of statutory and voluntary partners. These include representatives from Health, Education, Children’s Services, Police, Probation, Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS), Youth Offending, the Community & Voluntary Sector as well as Lay Members.

The efficacy of Hillingdon LSCB relies upon its ability to champion the safeguarding agenda through exercising an independent voice.

Our purpose is to make sure that all children and young people in our authority are protected from abuse and neglect. Children can only be safeguarded from harm if agencies work well together, follow procedures and guidance based on best practice and are well informed and trained.

Regulation 5 of the Local Safeguarding Board Regulations 2006 sets out the functions of the LSCB as per section 14 of the Children Act 2004.

The Children Act 2004 places a duty on every local authority to establish an LSCB.

The Government’s Statutory Guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) defines safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children 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
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances

This is to enable those children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.

The Operational Board is made up of representatives at a senior level from across agencies in Hillingdon. Members take responsibility for decision making on behalf of their agencies to make sure they abide by policies, procedures and recommendations of the Board.

The Executive Board manages the business and operations of the board ensuring there are clear governance arrangements in place and drives forward the strategic priorities as outlined in the business plan.

The Executive Board and Operational Board meet 4 times during the year. Where there has been insufficient attendance or engagement at the Board, this has been challenged by the Independent Chair.

Hillingdon LSCB constitution sets out the role and function of the Board and the expectations of each agency member.