Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership
Section 13 of the Children Act 2004 requires each local authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) for their area and specifies the organisations and individuals (other than the local authority) that should be represented on LSCBs (Details of who is represented on the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board can be found by following the link to the right of this page ).
The LSCB has a range of roles and statutory functions including developing local safeguarding policy and procedures and scrutinising local arrangements. HM Governments Working Together to Safeguard Children, the guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children sets out the statutory objectives and functions for LSCBs.
The Purpose of GSCP
The Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership (GSCP) is responsible for co-ordinating what is done by each person or organisation represented on the Board for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in Gloucestershire - and checking that what they do is effective. The Board functions include making sure safeguarding policies are in place; communicating the need to safeguard children; evaluating the effectiveness of what is done by Board partners to safeguard children; and making sure lessons are learnt from Serious Case Reviews. The GSCP also delivers, monitors and evaluates multi-agency training for a variety of frontline staff who work with children and young people.
The Executive of the Board is the committee that oversees the work of the sub groups, feeding information up to the larger Board. In the other direction, it takes information, ideas and concerns from the Board and considers how this should be actioned and which sub groups should be responsible. (Details of the GSCP Subgroups can be found by clicking the link to the left of this page).
Learning and Improvement Framework
In June 2011, the GSCP introduced a Quality Assurance framework. The framework has been reviewed and updated in line with new versions of Working Together to Safeguard Children, the most recent review was in October 2015 following the release of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.
What to do if You are Worried About a Child or Young PersonFor urgent safeguarding concerns: Call MASH on 01452 426565 and select option 3.
Professionals need to make referrals to the MASH for Children's Services by completing a MARF on the Liquid Logic portal.
If you work with children and families and have safeguarding concerns which are not of an urgent nature and would like a conversation to consider threshold and planning, please contact the Community Social Work Team on 01452 426263.
Contact details for your local Early Help and Targeted Support Service team:
- Cheltenham 01452 328160
- Cotswolds 01452 328101
- Forest Of Dean 01452 328048
- Gloucester 01452 328071
- Stroud 01452 328130
- Tewkesbury 01452 328250
- Alternatively, if you ring 01452 426565 and select option 2, you will be transferred to the Early Help service for their response. Please contact the Community Social Work team in the first instance where possible. If you are unable to get through to the Community Social Work Team straight away, please leave your name, contact details, and best time and date to call you back
Safeguarding in Education
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