All Local Authorities are required under the Children Act 2004 to have a Local Safeguarding Children Board. Working Together 2015 states that an LSCB has a range of statutory functions, “including developing local safeguarding policy and procedures and scrutinising local arrangements.” The LSCB is part of the wider context of children’s trust arrangement that aim to improve the overall wellbeing of all children in its area.
The Statutory members of the Board include Childrens Services, Primary Care Trusts, NHS Trusts, Police, Probation, CAFCASS and the Youth Offending Team.
Other agencies are invited to attend or sit on sub groups to contribute when necessary.
The Southampton Local Safeguarding Children Board work closely with three other local area LSCB’s (Hampshire, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight) which form the ‘4LSCB’. Central Policies and Procedures are overarching for the four areas.