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Our Priorities


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 happy, healthy childhoods where they can fulfil their social and educational potential.

The protection of children and young people in Gateshead has always been a core commitment of partners who work together in the area. The LSCB takes responsibility for the core inter-agency child protection work whilst embracing the wider safeguarding duties established in the Children Act 2004.

Each year Gateshead LSCB members set business and strategic priorities for the coming year. These priorities form part of the LSCB Business Plan.

The LSCB has agreed its commitment to four overarching high level priorities that will govern its work over the next three year period:

  • Protecting vulnerable children
  • Preventing harm
  • Improving outcomes for all children and young people
  • Working together to ensure greater integration and alignment of services to children and their families across all agencies working in Gateshead

By commiting to a three year strategy the LSCB will be more closely aligned to other partnerships, such as the Health and Wellbeing Board and the Children's Trust Board, and also the Children and Young People's Plan.

During year 1 (2013-2014), the LSCB will focus on the following strategic priorities:

  • Vulnerable adolescents, including those at risk:
    • Of child sexual exploitation
    • From risk taking behaviours
    • From self harm
  • Babies and children under five with the focus on:
    • Safe parenting
    • Early identification of need
    • Provision of early help
  • Working Together:
    • Single assessment and single plan processes
    • To align early help and support services across agencies
    • Developing and implementing a learning culture

Each strategic priority has a detailed action plan and identified lead who co-ordinates activity, provides focus to achieving the objectives and be accountable to the Board for reporting progress.

The LSCB Business Plan 2013-2014 gives more detail on these priorities and how Gateshead LSCB intends to meet them. Click on this link to access the document.|

Gateshead LSCB is keen to work with children, young people and professionals in Gateshead in setting the priorities for the Board and focussing partner agencies on those priorities. If there are thematic areas of work or any particular issues that you feel the LSCB should focus on, please let us know.

Contact us

Gateshead LSCB

LSCB Business Unit, 1st Floor, Civic Centre

(0191) 433 8010| 


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