Annual Report 2015-2016 and Business Plan 2016-2019 (link to this year's Report)
Introduction from Chair of the North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board.
Welcome to the annual report of the North Somerset
Safeguarding Children’s Board [NSSCB] covering the period from October 2015 to
the end of March 2016.This part-year
report has been produced to enable future annual reporting to be in line with
the financial year (April to end of March). The Business Plan (Appendix 3 of
this report) details the developing priorities of the Board.
The Board is required by statute to publish an annual report
which is intended to highlight its work during the reporting period and to
describe how effective it has been in carrying out its statutory functions to
safeguard and promote the welfare of children in North Somerset. The report
also highlights areas of intended development and identified risk which will
influence its ongoing business plan.
The role and scope of the Board is considerable and
responding to national issues at a local level, such as Sexual Exploitation (SE),
will continue to be high on the Board’s agenda.
The appointment of a SE/Missing Coordinator has supported
ongoing improvements in practice in line with the North Somerset Missing
Children and Young People Protocol and new Government guidance. The policy and
practice procedures for the year have included developing a robust multi-agency
response to SE and Missing. A Missing Children and Young People from Home, Care
and Education multi-agency protocol has been developed.
A three year SE Strategy was launched in June 2016. There is
also a programme of work in place, including practice and procedure
developments, awareness raising, training and a multi-agency SE case audit.
We are also well advanced in developing collaborative working
practices in this area of safeguarding with a neighbouring authority. Sexual
exploitation has no natural boundaries.
Following our LSCB annual conference in early 2016 the LSCB
has developed a Young Person’s Sub-Group - a Sub-Group run by young people, the
chair and co-chair of which sit on the Board and executive group as full and
Already issues such as peer pressure, bullying, sexting and
sexual orientation have been identified by the Sub-Group as areas they would
wish to highlight as part of the Board’s work. This group will allow us to
truly hear and act on the voice of the "Child." I am really excited
by the opportunities this group will provide to the Board.
Some of the challenges which we face continue to include
pressure on finances and resources across agencies and the ever increasing
expectations of the LSCB to scrutinise and challenge practice as well as
continue to perform its statutory duties.
Over the reporting period, a significant amount of work has
been completed by the Board’s Sub-Groups, Executive group and Serious Case
review (SCR) panel. That very valued work is reported within the body of this
As before, I would like to thank everyone on the Board and
the Sub-Groups for their work and commitment over the past 12 months. We all
strive to ensure that the interests of the Children and Young People of North
Somerset are safeguarded.
I can guarantee that I and the Board’s business manager will
ensure, so far as we are able, to continue to address local and national
challenges as well as we can in an ever changing environment in the interests
of those we seek to protect.
Independent Chair, North Somerset Safeguarding Children
The Business Plan below is a working document and is updated at each Board and is available to download with the Board papers.