The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board (CPSCB) is the key statutory body overseeing arrangements for safeguarding children and young people across the county
The statutory objectives and functions of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards as set out in Section 14 of the Children Act 2004 are;
- to co-ordinate what is done by each agency for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in the area; and
- to ensure the effectiveness of what is done for those purposes.
Governed by the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (Department for Education, July 2018), the Board is supported by a number of Sub-Committees and working groups in order to fulfil these objectives and functions.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.
The work of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board includes
- Assessing the effectiveness of help provided to children and families, including early help
- Assessing whether partner agencies are fulfilling statutory obligations in relation to safeguarding children
- Quality assuring practice through joint audits of case files and identifying lessons to be learned
- Monitoring and evaluating effectiveness of training, including multi-agency training
- Developing and agreeing local policies and procedures; including action to be taken when there are concerns, thresholds for intervention and allegations against staff
- Raising awareness in the wider community of the need to safeguard children
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board has an Independent Chair and members are made up by Senior Managers from the following statutory and voluntary organisations: