About BSCB

About the Bexley Safeguarding Children Board

Children and young people can only be safeguarded if everyone involved with them works together effectively. Work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children is present in all involvement with children & young people from universal through early intervention and targeted services to child protection.

Child protection is part of safeguarding of children. It refers to the work undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm.

It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure children are protected. A Local Safeguarding Children Board is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how each organisation in Bexley will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the locality and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do. Some of its key functions are:

  • To develop and agree local policies and procedures for inter-agency working, and to audit, evaluate and monitor how well services work together to safeguard children.
  • To communicate the shared responsibility across agencies for safeguarding children, and to encourage and develop effective working partnerships between professionals, through training and development programmes.
  • To listen to and consult with children and young people to ensure their views and opinions are taken into account.
  • To undertake serious case reviews where a child has died or is seriously harmed.
  • To undertake the Child Death Overview process (For more information see the Child Death Overview Panel pages)

How we conduct our business

The BSCB will ensure that in order to benefit the children and young people of Bexley our recommendations, actions and outcomes will be SAFER:

Sustainable – we aim to develop a system for safeguarding and protection that is durable for the long term.

Accountable – we hold ourselves and our partners to account for the decisions we make and the services they provide.

Feasible – we aspire for excellence but will only promise what is achievable.

Evidenced – we will seek evidence of the effectiveness of our work and our partners’ work.

Respect – we will respect the voice of the child as central to our work and ensure a child focus in our activity.

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Structure and governance

Structure chart

Membership of the BSCB Board

The Bexley Safeguarding Children Board is usually known as the BSCB.