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.
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…
Safeguarding young people is something every organisation and community should be involved in. Children at risk of sexual exploitation are some of the most vulnerable young people in our society. Often they have low self esteem, feel abandoned and unloved and are seeking to enrich their lives through friendships and relationships that are inappropriate. Hidden from view and going unnoticed, vulnerable young girls and boys are groomed and then abused, leaving them traumatised and scarred for life.
Throughout January work will be ongoing across Cheshire to raise awareness with young people and parents as part of the child sexual exploitation campaign ‘The more you know the more you see.’
Read more about this in the latest LSCB Bulletin
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.
The Government has published its revised version of Working Together (2013). You can access the new on-line version here: Working Together
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.
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.
The aim of the guidance is to:
Please download the full guidance Final CWAC Conference Guidance
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 downloaded here – Pre Birth Assessment Policy March 2012.
The Missing from Home Protocol can be read here - Pan Cheshire Missing From Home Protocol 2013. 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)
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.
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