Information about the LSCB

LSCB is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations in the town will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Darlington and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.

The LSCB is responsible for developing, monitoring and reviewing child protection policy and procedures, practice issues and making sure training is available to everyone working with children.

Useful Documents Including the LSCB Learning Lessons Review and the Business and Action Plan 

Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)

Child death process [pdf document]

Child death annual report 2015-2016 [pdf document]

The CDOP should undertake an overview of all child deaths up to the age of 18 years (excluding both those babies who are stillborn and planned terminations of pregnancy carried out within the law) in the LSCB areas covered by Darlington and Durham CDOP.

This overview will be based on information available from those who were involved in the care of the child, both before and immediately after the death, and other sources including, perhaps, the coroner.

The panel will:

  • Have a fixed core membership drawn from the key organisations represented on the LSCB to review these cases, with flexibility to co-opt other relevant professionals as and when appropriate;
  • Hold meetings at regular intervals to enable each child’s death to be discussed in a timely manner (the length of the discussion may vary depending on the nature of the death in question and the quantity of information available);
  • Review the appropriateness of the professionals’ responses to each death of a child, their involvement before and at the time of the death, and relevant environmental, social, health and cultural aspects of each death, to ensure a thorough consideration of how such deaths might be prevented in the future;
  • Determine whether or not the death was deemed preventable. The decision must be agreed by the CDOP and approved by the Chair of the CDOP. This decision cannot be finalised however until the outcome of other investigations (for example Serious Case Reviews, criminal proceedings, post mortem or Inquests) is known;
  • Make recommendations to the LSCB or other relevant bodies as soon as these have been decided in order that prompt action can be taken to prevent such deaths in future where possible; and
  • Identify any patterns or trends in the local data and report these to the LSCB either in an annual report, or when trends first become apparent.

The CDOP has a clear relationship and agreed channels of communication with the local coronial service and the registrar superintendent.

The LSCB should be informed of all deaths of children normally resident in its geographical area. The chair of the CDOP is responsible for ensuring that this process operates effectively.

Case Reviews

Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) are the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations in each locality will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the locality, and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.  They must be pro-active and undertake a co-ordinating and monitoring role.

One of the most important functions of an LSCB is to undertake reviews of serious cases and to advise the local authority and its Board partners on lessons to be learned.

The prime purpose of a Serious Case Review (SCR) is for agencies and individuals to learn lessons to improve the way in which they work both individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The lessons learned should be disseminated effectively, and the recommendations should be implemented in a timely manner so that the changes required result, wherever possible, in children being protected from suffering or being likely to suffer harm in the future. It is essential, to maximise the quality of learning, that the child’s daily life experiences and an understanding of his or her welfare, wishes and feelings are at the centre of the SCR, irrespective of whether the child died or was seriously harmed.  This perspective should inform the scope and terms of reference of the SCR as well as the ways in which the information is presented at all stages of the process, including the conclusions and recommendations.  Reviews vary in their breadth and complexity but in all cases, where possible lessons should be acted upon quickly without necessarily waiting for the SCR to be completed.

Any professionals or agency may refer a case to the LSCB if they believe that there are important lessons for intra and/or inter-agency working to be learned from the case.

The purpose of Case Reviews are to:

  • Establish whether there are lessons to be learned from the case about the way in which local professionals and organisations work individually and together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
  • Identify clearly what those lessons are both within and between agencies, how they will be acted on, and what is expected to change as a result.
  • Improve intra and inter-agency working to ensure better safeguards and promote the welfare of children.

Working Together 2015 [external link, pdf document]

Learning Improvement Framework [pdf document]

The NSPCC keeps a list of all serious case reviews [external link] which can be searched.  There is also a list of recently published serious case reviews [external link]

Board Members

The LSCB is made up of senior managers who have a strategic role in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children within their organisation.

Agencies of the board are:

The LSCB has appointed an interim Independent Chair - Simon Hart. Vice Chair post is currently vacant, arrangements are in place to appoint to this post.

Sharing learning from good multi-agency practice

Sharing lessons from good multi-agency practice should also be disseminated effectively.  This will allow good practice to feed into policy and practice protocols and learning and development activity.

A template has been designed for agencies to complete: Good Practice Case Study Template [word document]

Contact us

The Business Unit staff are based at North Lodge, Gladstone Street, Darlington, DL3 6JX

  • Emma Chawner - Boards' Business Manager (01325 406459)
  • Chris Ashford - Multi Agency Trainer (01325 406453)
  • Amanda Hugill - Development Officer/LADO (01325 406450)
  • Marian Garland - Development Officer/LADO (01325 406451)
  • Hannah Fay - Business Support Officer (01325 406452) 

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