The Board's job is to ensure all the people who work and volunteer in Bromley work together to keep children and young people safe. We believe that everybody has a responsibility to keep children safe from harm.
The BSCB includes representatives from schools, health commissioners and providers, Local Authority Children’s Services, Metropolitan Police, probation services, CAFCASS, the local voluntary sector as well as lay members. We coordinate what is done locally to protect and promote the welfare of children and young people in the borough and to monitor the effectiveness of those arrangements.
What does the BSCB do? Kerry Davies explains in 90 seconds...
Bromley's position statement regarding the new Safeguarding Arrangements (cited in the Children and Social Work Act 2017) which was agreed by Board members in March 2018:
“Bromley Safeguarding Children Board will continue to seek ways to improve and enhance our partnerships to deliver better outcomes for children; we have agreed to retain our current systems and approach, notwithstanding those areas where statute will drive explicit and non-negotiable change (i.e. SCRs and CDOP).
Lord Laming was not wrong. Multi-agency working does not happen by itself or even via the good will of dedicated staff. Multi-agency work needs to be harnessed and driven and must at its heart be open to independent and continuous challenge to do better.
After years of experience we have learnt that to be effective, safeguarding must be everyone’s business. That statement is not and never should be treated as mere rhetoric.”