Our vision is that every child should grow up feeling safe and in a loving, secure environment, free from abuse, neglect and crime, enabling them to enjoy a happy, healthy childhoods in which they can fulfil their social and educational potential.
Gateshead LSCB first met in 2005 and replaced the Area Child Protection Committee in line with the Children Act 2004.
The protection of children has always been a core commitment of all partners who work together in Gateshead. Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) 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, and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) sets out how individuals and organisations should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Gateshead LSCB is made up of a number of statutory partners including Gateshead Council, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England, North East Ambulance Service, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company (formerly Northumbria Probation), Northumbria Police, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service and CAFCASS. In addition, we have two lay members representing local communities and headteachers from four of our schools.
Gateshead LSCB is independently chaired by Gary Hetherington and meets six times a year. Board members are senior representatives from each partner agency. A smaller LSCB Business Planning Group also meets six times a year. The work of the LSCB is also carried out by the seven sub-groups and other ad-hoc working groups.
You can find out more about us in our most recent annual report or the summary version of the report "How safe are children in Gateshead?"
The diagram below shows our current structure and sub group arrangements (March 2015).