The Education Network for Waltham Forest
Supported by Waltham Forest

Strategic Issue: Safeguarding

Education in Waltham Forest

Local Safeguarding Children 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.

The Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board follows guidance from Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and is currently in the process of developing new working arrangements in line with the recent changes that were brought in. Headteacher representatives on the WFSCB and its associated subgroups currently provide constructive professional challenge and bring the voices of children to the board.

The two main purposes of the WFSCB are to:

1. 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.

2. 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 undertake both individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Waltham Forest.

The WFSCB is currently working on three priority areas:

  • adolescents safeguarding
  • child neglect
  • safeguarding in settings

You can view the priorities of our other strategic boards here

Current WFSCB school representatives:

  • Laura Pease – Whitefield, Lisa Cousins – Parkside
  • Sally Walker – Connaught
  • Amir Ahmed – Waltham Forest College 

Linked Groups or Boards:

Adolescents Safeguarding Strategic Group – works to ensure that all adolescents who experience risk receive a trauma informed contextualised safeguarding approach that meets their needs and reduces harms. This approach is one that understands and responds to the multi-faceted areas of risk rather than separate processes for child sexual exploitation, harmful sexual behaviour, those who go missing, gang involvement etc. so all needs are addressed together rather than in silo.

School rep: Gabrielle Grodentz – Hawkswood

Neglect – this group works to improve the identification of neglect as early as possible through a Think Family approach.

School rep: Deborah Gibbon – Jenny Hammond School, Gabrielle Grodentz - Hawkswood

Safeguarding in settings – works to build on and maintain the quality and effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements in the education, community, voluntary and faith sectors to help improve safeguarding outcomes for children. 

School reps: Gary Pocock – Hornbeam Academy Trust, Kerry Scott – Ainslee Wood Primary, Catherine Davies – Hawkswood

Learning & improving practice forum - supports the four strategic boards (including WFSCB) to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by the boards’ partners, individually and collectively and ensures learning is shared across the partnerships, to support improvements in practice.

School reps: vacant

Should you require any further information about the Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board, you can contact


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Last updated: 
Wednesday, 13 February, 2019
Last updated: 13 February 2019 by