About the Board
What is the Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children Board (RLSCB)?
The Children Act 2004 requires Children's Services Authorities to establish Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) involving key local partners.
Who sits on the Board?
The Board has an Independent Chair – Steve Ashley – and has senior officer representatives of all the statutory agencies and other partners who are members of the LSCB. These are:Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, including:
- Children’s Social Care
- Adult Social Care
- Public Health
South Yorkshire Police
Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
Rotherham, Doncaster & South Humber Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
South Yorkshire Probation Trust
Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS)
The Voluntary and Community Sector
The Board has lay members who attend full LSCB and sub-group meetings, providing public scrutiny and challenge for agencies. The lead Cabinet Member for Children’s Services is also a participating observer of the Board.
Responsibilities and Sub Groups
The RLSCB works through a structure of sub groups that ensure staff in agencies have procedures and good quality training. The board also undertakes serious case reviews where there is a need for professionals to examine situations of abuse or neglect that have resulted in the death or serious to a child or young person. It also ensures that relevant policies and procedures are up-to-date and helps co-ordinate training for staff in different agencies.
The functions, role and responsibilities of the RLSCB are set out in Chapter 3 of 'Working Together to Safeguard Children" originally published in December 2005 by the Government.
Information on Ofsted reports relating to services in Rotherham can be found on the Ofsted website