The Local Safeguarding Children Board

Working to keep West Cheshire's children and young people safe

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Cheshire West and Chester Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)

We are the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations in each local area will cooperate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Cheshire West and Chester and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.  Our aim is to work together so that children in Cheshire West and Chester can be safe from abuse or harm at home and within our community. This site provides information for the public, children, parents, carers and professionals.

Read our Introduction to the LSCB document for more information on what we do and who we are.

Integrated Early Support

The new West Cheshire Integrated Early Support Strategy has been published.  You can find the multi-agency strategy on our new webpage dedicated to West Cheshire early support services, processes and tools.  More to follow…

Report Child Abuse

If you have concerns about a child’s welfare, or feel that they may be being abused or neglected, please contact the Children’s Contact and Referral Team or the Emergency Duty Team (out of hours). Alternatively, in an emergency, phone the police on 0845 458 0000.

Please be assured that your referral will be treated in the strictest confidence. Remember, your call could mean the start of getting the right help to a family and may even save a child’s life.

Working Together 2013

The Government has published its revised version of Working Together (2013).  You can access the new on-line version here: Working Together 

Continuum of Need and Response 2013

The West Cheshire Continuum of Need and Response 2013 sets out how to access early support, the thresholds for single and multi-agency agency interventions at all levels, and when to consider a referral for a social care led ‘single assessment’.  The Continuum of Need is published on the ‘Professionals’ page of this website.

Escalation Policy and Resolution Pathway

The LSCB has recently reviewed and refreshed the Resolution Pathway and Escalation Policy 2013.  This policy is to help LSCB agencies and practitioners resolve disputes about decision making in relation to vulnerable children.  The new version includes timescales for the stages, more clarity about who to escalate to at each stage, and an optional form for escalating cases.

Bruising Protocol for Children Who are Not Independently Mobile

Child Protection Conference Guidance

The aim of the guidance is to:

  • To clarify role expectations for those contributing to the child protection conference process to enable LSCB partner agencies to fulfil their statutory responsibilities under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 and section 175 and 157 of the Education Act 2002.
  • To ensure a better understanding of roles and responsibilities within the child protection conferencing process.
  • To develop the skills and confidence of staff in all agencies in contributing effectively to child protection conferences and child protection plans.
  • To ensure the LSCB Child Protection Practice Standards are met by all agencies (see Professionals section of this website for the latest Standards guidance)

Please download the full guidance Final CWAC Conference Guidance

Child Protection Conference and Core Group Meeting Downloads

Pre-Birth Assessment

A pre-birth assessment is a proactive means of analysing the potential risk to a newborn baby when there are concerns about a pregnant woman and where appropriate, her partner and immediate family. Multi-Agency policy and practice guidance has been written and can be found here.

Children Missing from Home

The Pan Cheshire Missing from Home Protocol can be read here:  

Please also refer to the pan Cheshire missing from home procedures:

Additionally two posters have been created which agencies may want to utilise advertising the service offered by Catch-22 these can be dowloaded here  – One features a Girl and Boy (PDF 239KB) and the other features a Young Woman (PDF 186KB)

Sexual Assault/Abuse Referrals and Assessments for Children

St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is commissioned to provide comprehensive and coordinated forensic, medical assessments, counselling and aftercare services to children in relation to  sexual assault, abuse and violence.   In response to a number of recent high impact sexual abuse cases in west Cheshire (often child on child) the LSCB has developed a dedicated page on sexual abuse, exploitation and sexualised behaviours to help practitioners and agencies deal with concerns, referrals and assessments.

Challenge Process

This guidance on the Challenge Process has been developed to ensure that all professionals are aware of the process and to ensure that any challenge made by child protection conference chairs in the safeguarding and quality assurance unit is appropriate, measured and results in practice improvement and better outcomes for children. It should be read in conjunction with the LSCB Escalation Policy