Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership
Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership that replaces the Local Safeguarding Children Board launched on the 1st April 2019.
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 defines three ‘Safeguarding Partners’ to oversee and lead the arrangement to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. In Birmingham, the Local Authority, Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and West Midlands Police will share equal responsibility for developing and leading the new partnership arrangements.
The new partnership builds on the strong foundation and substantial improvements made by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, to have a common purpose and agreed behavioural values to reinforce shared priorities set out in our Business Improvement Plan 2019/21.
We recognise that to be strong and effective, the Partnership must engage the right people. We have worked collaboratively with a wide range of partners across the city to identify the organisations and agencies which need to be involved to safeguard and promote the welfare of Birmingham’s children.
We view ‘partnership’ as a verb and agencies will be expected to work together to share and co-own the vision of how to achieve improved outcomes for vulnerable children and young people in Birmingham. Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership will promote appropriate support and challenge between partners, ensuring that leaders and staff within every organisation are held to account. We will also create the conditions to develop a transparent learning culture, driving best collaborative practice for good and outstanding outcomes for children and young people.
All our work will be underpinned by a consideration of the views and experiences of Birmingham’s children and young people. We acknowledge that the new arrangements will only be effective if they make a difference to the wellbeing of Birmingham’s children and young people and ask for help from professional partners and citizens of Birmingham in making this a reality.
Worried about a child?
Outside of normal office hours please call 0121 675 4806 for the Emergency Duty Team
For more information about making a referral and to access the Request for Support form - click here
Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews - New Regional Framework and Practice Guidance
Birmingham have lead a regional initiative involving 14 Local Authorities across the wider West Midlands, in developing a Regional Framework and Practice Guidance to support the introduction of Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (LCSPRs), which replace Serious Case Reviews. The new Regional Framework and Practice Guidance, launched on the 29th May 2019 provides professionals with a step–by-step guide on implementing the new reviews. Birmingham will be hosting a series of regional learning events on 12th and 13th June 2019 to assist the smooth transition to the new arrangements set out in national guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children published in July 2018.
For a copy of the Regional Framework and Practice Guidance on Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews, click on the picture below:
Birmingham Criminal Exploitation and Gang Affiliation Screening Tool
The Birmingham Criminal Exploitation and Gang Affiliation Screening Tool is now available. This Screening Tool must be completed by referrers who have contacted CASS regarding concerns about a child or young person that include issues of Criminal Exploitation and Gang Affiliation. The Request for Support Form must also be completed and both documents must be forwarded to CASS. For further information click here.
Birmingham Data Sharing Agreement
Birmingham Children’s Collaborative Working Information Sharing Framework / Policy for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and their families has been updated and is now available. For further information: click here.
Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership website brings together safeguarding information for children, young people and their families and the professionals who work with them. The BSCP website is currently under review and we would welcome your views to help us inform and shape our new website. For further information and to complete the survey please click here.
BSCP Campaign - ‘Keeping Children Safe is Everybody’s Business’
The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership have launched a public awareness campaign ‘Keeping Children Safe is Everybody’s Business’ in response to key learning that has emerged from a number of Serious Case Reviews. The aim is to raise community awareness of what to do if you are worried about a child and most importantly to encourage members of the public to call Birmingham Childrens Trust Children’s Advice & Support Service to report their concerns, so action can be taken to safeguard and protect the child. To find out more information about the campaign click here.