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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. 

The RLSCB is Rotherham's response to these statutory requirements and is independent of all the agencies involved.

It aims to co-ordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Rotherham; and ensure the effectiveness of that work.

The terms of reference outline the scope of the Board's work.

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
Learners First

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.

Reports

RLSCB Annual Report

Minutes

Rotherham Safeguarding Children Board minutes of meetings 

Inspection reports

Information on Ofsted reports relating to services in Rotherham can be found on the Ofsted website

Concerned about a child?

If you are concerned about a child in Rotherham, please contact the Children's Access and Assessment Team on 01709 823987