Bournemouth and Poole Local Safeguarding Children's Board is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing and ensuring that local organisations within Bournemouth & Poole work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people effectively.

On this website you will find the partnership work of the local organisations and the LSCB working together to promote the welfare of children and young people; this includes Inter-agency Safeguarding procedures, the LSCB Annual Report & Business Plan, Executive Summaries from Serious Case Reviews, the LSCB working groups, areas on: 'What to do if you are worried','parents section', 'Practitioner section', LSCB Newsletter and a section on latest news.

You can also visit Dorset LSCB by clicking this link : www.dorsetlscb.co.uk

Safeguarding work covers three broad areas of activity. There is the universal preventative work which aims to identify and prevent maltreatment or impairment of health and development and ensures children are growing up in circumstances consistent with safe and effective care. There is proactive work which aims to target particular groups i.e. children identified as in need or children potentially more vulnerable than the general population eg children living away from home, children in custody or disabled children. Then there is responsive work to protect children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering, abuse or harm; also known as child protection work.

Safeguarding work with children and young people should aim to help them achieve all of the five outcomes within Every Child Matters: Stay safe, Be healthy, Enjoy and achieve, Achieve economic well being, Make a positive contribution.

The LSCB will achieve this through a shared commitment to: promoting best practice and continuous improvement in the quality of safeguarding services; developing and agreeing effective local policies and procedures for inter-agency work to safeguard children within the statutory framework and guidance; ensuring that safe recruitment practices and procedures and effective training provision are in place for all staff working with children; monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of inter-agency work to safeguard children and make recommendations for improvement where appropriate; promoting equality and respecting diversity in order that the individual needs of children and young people relating to gender, faith, race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, are met.

Participate in the planning and commissioning of services to ensure they meet the safeguarding needs of children and families; communicate to agencies, the voluntary and community sector and the local community the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and raising awareness of how this can be done; undertaking serious case reviews in appropriate circumstances in order to act upon lessons learned and improve local procedures and practice.