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About the BSCP

Changes to the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board  

Why are we changing things?

Revisions to the Statutory Guidance, Working Together enabled us to change our LSCB. In addition the most recent Ofsted inspection of the Local Authority meant that we could not continue to run our LSCB in the same way. The changes agreed for Buckinghamshire will mean that we can focus on –

Shared priorities with other strategic partnerships, such as reducing the impact of domestic abuse, exploitation and neglect.

 A family based, integrated approach to business.

Evidencing the outcomes and impact of the new partnership arrangement, including strengthening and reviewing its scrutiny and assurance processes

What are we doing?

To comply with the new Statutory Working Together guidance, from September 2019, Local Safeguarding Children Boards will be replaced by new local safeguarding arrangements, led by three safeguarding partners. We are working on the transition to this new arrangement, and are required to publish the details of the changes by 29th June 2019.

Locally this will mean that we are making changes to the way the partnership is structured.  This includes introducing a new Executive Group, having fewer but more inclusive sub groups and introducing short term, outcome focused working groups where needed.  This will provide an effective safeguarding model with an efficient use of partners knowledge, skills and time.

To stay connected, we are also planning two safeguarding partnerships events per year. These events will ensure all partner agencies are kept up to date and offer opportunities for you to share your views and experiences on the impact that the safeguarding partnership is having in delivering against its key priorities.

What happens next?

We will agree our business plan by 31st March 2019

We will publish our new safeguarding partnership arrangement by 29th June 2019

We will publish the dates for multi-agency safeguarding training (Everyone’s Responsibility and Working Together) from April 2019 ( further details about our training offer will be in our published arrangements)

We will be inviting our Board and safeguarding partners to an event at the beginning of July to ensure we continue to share the details of the arrangement.

We will fully implement our arrangement by September 2019.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jo Stephenson at jstephenson@buckscc.gov.uk or your current Safeguarding Board representative.

Working Together to Safeguard Children – Changes to Statutory Guidance

Following publication by the Department of Education of a revised Working Together Guidance in June 2018 there are some quite significant changes in relation to Local Safeguarding Children Boards:

Local Safeguarding Children Boards will be replaced by new local safeguarding arrangements, led by three safeguarding partners (local authorities, chief officers of police, and clinical commissioning groups).See attached pdf for further information regarding this. (Chapter 3)

There are changes to the Serious Case Review process which will, in future, be referred to as Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews. See attached pdf for further information (Chapter 4)

There will be a duty on child death review partners (local authorities and clinical commissioning groups) to review the deaths of children normally resident in the local area – or, if they consider it appropriate, for those not normally resident in the area. See attached pdf for further information regarding this. (Chapter 5)

Plans for the new arrangements must be published by June 2019 with full implementation in place by September 2019.

Until these changes are implemented the information below about the BSCB is still relevant

The Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) is a statutory body established under the Children Act 2004. It is independently chaired and consists of senior representatives from the key agencies and bodies which have regular contact with children and young people or responsibility for services to them.

The statutory objectives of the BSCB are to:

  • Coordinate local arrangements to safeguarding and promote the welfare of children
  • Ensure that these arrangements are effective

The functions of Local Safeguarding Children Boards are set out in more detail in Working Together 2015: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and include:

  • Developing local policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
  • Communicating to local people and organisations the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, raising their awareness of how this can best be done and encouraging them to do so
  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of what is done by the authority and Board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advise them on ways to improve
  • Participating in the planning of services for children in the area of the authority
  • Undertaking reviews of serious cases and advising the authority and their Board partners on lessons to be learned.

Change to contact number for safeguarding children – the 0845 4600001 number quoted in the video below has now changed to 01296 383962.

Safeguarding Video


The above video was commissioned by the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board and the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board as a joint venture. If other organisations wish to use this video please ensure that your website acknowledges this.

Vision and Values

Our Vision 

“A strong and shared safeguarding culture across partners ensures every child and young person in Buckinghamshire grows up safe from maltreatment, neglect and harm. Children and their parents receive the right help and support when they need it, leading to better outcomes for children and young people.”

Our Values

  • We will be honest and clear about the difference we are making for children and young people
  • We will respectfully challenge each other to ensure we are making a difference
  • We will all take responsibility for helping each other to improve outcomes for children and young people
  • We will value difference to help us to improve
  • We will look to hold to account rather than to blame
  • Everything we do will benefit children and young people in Buckinghamshire
  • We will be courageous
  • We are all in it together – as a Board we accept collective responsibility for our performance


The BSCB priorities, and how we plan to achieve them, are set out in our BSCB Business Plan 2018-19 for which the priorities are:

  • Domestic Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Child Exploitation
  • Early Help
  • Partnership High Level Improvement Plan
  • Board Transformation Plan

Learning & Improvement Framework

To view the BSCB Learning & Improvement Framework, please click on the link below:

Learning and Improvement Framework 2017-18

Terms of Reference and Board Membership

The BSCB Terms of Reference set out the purpose and function of the Board. They also describe operational arrangements and governance and list current membership.

The BSCB Member Compact sets out the roles and responsibilities of all Board members.

Independent Chair: Mr Francis Habgood

Vice-Chair: Carolyn Morrice, Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust

Relationship with other Boards

The Joint Board Protocol sets out how the following Boards will work together to safeguard children, young people and adults who are vulnerable to abuse:

  • Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board
  • Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board
  • Health & Wellbeing Board
  • Safer & Stronger Bucks Partnership Board

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