Strategic Issue: Safeguarding
Waltham Forest's Safeguarding Children's Board (WFSCB)
Local Safeguarding Children's Boards (LSCBs) are a key statutory function defined under Section 14 of the Children Act 2004.
Safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility and schools are a key partner working together with others on this agenda. School representatives are identified as core and statutory members in the DfE's statutory guidance 'Working together to safeguard children, 2015', which guides inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Headteacher representatives on the WFSCB provide constructive professional challenge and bring the voices of children to the board.
The two main purposes of the WFSCB are to:
- Coordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area.
- Ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for those purposes.
In practice this means holding the statutory partners to account for the work they undertaken both individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Waltham Forest.
Current school representatives:
Kath Wheeler - Buxton School
2nd rep - TBC
Linked Groups or Boards:
The Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Subgroup is a discretionary group, accountable to the WFSCB, supporting the WFSCB to fulfil its statutory responsibility to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of local arrangements to safeguard and protect children.
CSE is a priority of the WFSCB and is an issue that schools address on a daily basis. Tackling CSE in the borough can only be achieved through all partners working effectively together. This subgroup consequently requires representation from all major partners.
Zoë Cozens - Heathcote School and Science College
Logged-in users can find the full terms of reference documents for both the WFSCB and the CSE Subgroup attached below.
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