Role of the NCSCB
The Local Safeguarding Children Board is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how partner organisations in the local area will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do. Section 13 of the Children Act 2004 required each local authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
The objectives of LSCBs, as set out in Section 14 of the Children Act 2004 are:
- to co-ordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purposes of and promoting the welfare of children in the area
- to ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for those purposes
The Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board is made up of different partner agencies. Please click here to see the list of Board members.
The Board has an independent Chair, Chris Cook, who was appointed in September 2015.
Chris became the Independent Chair of the Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board in 2014. Chris is also the Independent Chair of Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board, and has been since 2009. The Chair has a crucial role in making certain that the Board operates effectively and secures an independent voice.
Chris retired from a 32 year career in the Lincolnshire Police in 2003 and retired in the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime Support Department. His responsibilities included the investigation of major and serious crime, crime intelligence, drugs, child protection, complex fraud and other associated crime matters. During the latter period of his police career Chris was a member of a number of Association of Chief Police Officers’ national committees, focussing on homicide and forensic issues.
"We will ensure that safeguarding practice, strategic planning and commissioning across all partner agencies continuously improves as a result of NCSCB activity, with the aim of improving outcomes for children, young people and families."
Business Plan and Strategic Priorities
The NCSCB has three overarching priorities which guide its work:
- Promote, monitor, coordinate and evaluate multi-agency effectiveness in safeguarding children and young people across the child’s journey
- Strengthen and support a competent and equipped workforce that is committed to learning and developing safeguarding practice with assurance that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility
- Evidence the impact of NCSCB
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