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The evaluation of arrangements for effective operation of the new Local Safeguarding Children Boards in England - Brief

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posted on 05.07.2010, 08:52 by Alan France, Emily R. Munro, Amanda Waring
Introduction and Background: Both the statutory inquiry into the tragic death of Victoria Climbié (2003) and the first joint Chief Inspectors’ Report on Safeguarding (Chief Inspector of Social Services et al., 2002) emphasise the importance of effective joint working between agencies and professionals to safeguard children from harm and to promote their welfare. Subsequent policy developments, underpinned by the Children Act 2004, are intended to ensure an integrated approach to service provision and that children achieve their potential in terms of being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being (HM Government, 2004). Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government, 2006: p.10) identifies one of the most important developments in this context as the establishment of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs). The Boards put former Area Child Protection Committees (ACPCs) on a statutory footing. Research had found that ACPCs’ lack of statutory power had limited their effectiveness (Chief Inspector of Social Services et al., 2002). A series of other weaknesses were also identified including: variations in levels of representation and membership, structure and practice, poor leadership and insufficient resources (Chief Inspector of Social Services et al., 2002; Horwath and Glennie, 1999; Narducci, 2003; Ward et al., 2004).



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FRANCE, A., MUNRO, E.R. and WARING, A, 2010. The evaluation of arrangements for effective operation of the new Local Safeguarding Children Boards in England - Brief. DCSF Research Brief;DCSF-RBX-10-03. Loughborough: CRSP and CCFR, Loughborough University.


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