Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children requires effective coordination in every local area.

For this reason, the Children Act 2004 requires each local authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is a shared responsibility and a high priority for Walsall agencies.

It includes protecting children from abuse and neglect and ensuring that

they grow up safely, having the best life chances to enter adulthood successfully.

Walsall Safeguarding Children Board is responsible for co-ordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of local work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Walsall.

The Walsall Safeguarding Children Board website brings together information on safeguarding children for children and young people, their parents and carers, and staff working with children and young people and their families. The website offers local and national guidance to support you in safeguarding children in Walsall and information on where and how to get help.

We aim to give you the best support and guidance available, however if you feel there is something missing on our website, please email us at wscb@walsall.gov.uk

Responsibilities

The WSCB has the overarching responsibility to meet the requirements of section 14(1) of the Children Act 2004 as follows

  • to co-ordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area of authority
  • to ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each person or body for that purpose.

The WSCB will ensure that children and young people are:

  • Safe from maltreatment, neglect, violence and sexual exploitation
  • Safe from accidental injury and death
  • Safe from bullying and discrimination
  • Safe from crime and anti-social behaviour in and out of school
  • Have security, stability and are cared for

Objectives

WSCB overarching objectives are to:

  1. Assess the effectiveness of the help being provided to children and families, including early help.
  2. Quality assure practice, including through joint audits of case files involving practitioners and identifying lessons learnt.
  3. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of training, including multi agency training, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.