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2.2 Role and Function of the LSCB


  1. Purpose
  2. Partnerships and Structures

1. Purpose

The purpose of the LSCBs is to bring key agencies such as police, probation, youth justice, heath, education and social care together to make sure local safeguarding arrangements for children are effective.

In the county of Dorset there are two LSCBs; Bournemouth and Poole LSCB covers the boroughs of Bournemouth and Poole only, the Dorset Safeguarding Children Board covers the rest of the county of Dorset.

LSCBs have a number of key things they must do which are set out in legislation. These include agreeing local safeguarding policies and procedures, contributing to local plans, communicating to local organisations and the community, ensuring safeguarding training is provided, and monitoring what the LSCB members do and how effective local safeguarding is.

LSCBs are also required to:

  • Undertake a serious case review (SCR) where a child has been killed or seriously harmed, and abuse or neglect is known or suspected;
  • Review the deaths of all children who are normally resident in their area; and
  • Produce and publish an annual report on the effectiveness of safeguarding in the local area;
  • Clearly demonstrate the positive difference they make on local child protection arrangements; and
  • Provide local partners and the public with strong and transparent accountability for the performance of local services to protect children.

The full range of statutory objectives and functions is described in Chapter 3 of Working Together 2015.

2. Partnerships and Structures

Dorset Safeguarding Children Board

Partners in the DSCB

  • 0-19 Forum – voluntary sector;
  • Christchurch Borough Council;
  • Connexions;
  • Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group;
  • Dorset County Council;
  • Dorset County Hospital NHS Trust;
  • Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust;
  • Dorset Military;
  • Dorset Police;
  • Dorset Probation Trust;
  • Dorset Youth Offending Team;
  • East Dorset District Council;
  • NHS England (Wessex area);
  • North Dorset District Council;
  • Purbeck District Council;
  • West Dorset District Council;
  • Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.
Click here to view DSCB Structure chart

Bournemouth and Poole LSCB

Partners in the LSCB are

  • Bournemouth Borough Council;
  • Borough of Poole;
  • NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning;
  • Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust;
  • NHS England (Wessex);
  • Poole Hospital Foundation Trust;
  • Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital Foundation Trust;
  • Dorset Police;
  • Bournemouth and Poole Youth Offending Service;
  • Dorset Probation Service;
  • Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS);
  • Bournemouth and Poole Adult Safeguarding Board;
  • Voluntary Sector representation;
  • Lay Members;
  • Faith Group Member;
  • Structures in the Bournemouth and Poole LSCB.

Click here to view Bournemouth & Poole Local Safeguarding Children Board Organisational Chart 2014-2015