Latest news and updates
New LSCB Chair
We are pleased to announce that we have a new Independent Chair of the LSCB. Gary Hetherington has now taken over as Independent Chair of the Board and we are looking forward to working with him over the coming months. We would also like to thank Nancy Palmer for all of her hard work, support, challenge and achievements over the past three years LSCB structure
Concerns about young people going missing from home or at risk of sexual exploitation
We now have a new referral form to refer cases to the Missing and Exploited Group (MEG) where there are concerns about a young person who has been missing from home or care and/or where there are concerns about sexual exploitation. Please visit the pages on missing children and sexual exploitation for more information. Please note that where there are immediate concerns about a young person then a safeguarding referral should be made - this form is just to refer a case for discussion at the MEG
MEG referral form
You may have seen on the news recently that Northumbria Police are carrying out an investigation into allegations of a series of sexual offences involving a number of men and vulnerable female victims, including teenagers and young adults. While much of the activity has been in Newcastle, other areas of the force are affected.
Northumbria Police have produced some information to explain how members of the public and professionals can help identify such situations and report them, or how those people who have been directly affected can come forward and discuss their concerns.
Please click on the link below to access a leaflet for the public or visit the Northumbria Police Operation Sanctuary website for more information.
Operation Sanctuary - Public information
LSCB Annual Report 2012-2013
The LSCB Annual Report for 2012-2013 is now published and contains details of performance and activity in relation to safeguarding children in 2012-2013
LSCB Circular - Managing the safety of public buildings
2 August 2013
The LSCB wishes to remain proactive in sharing information on how to protect children. The following information can support our partner agencies in ensuring the safety of people using public buildings. Click here to access the information
Ofsted inspectors praise Gateshead child protection services
Child protection services in Gateshead have been praised following an unannounced inspection by Ofsted.
The report was published on 9 April and found that the quality of the service, the help and protection offered, and the services' leadership and governance are either "good" or "outstanding". The LSCB was inspected as part of the 10 day programme.
Click here to access the inspection report
Revised Statutory Guidance
The Goverment published the updated statuory guidance "Working Together To Safeguard Children" on 21 March 2013 which will come into effect on 15 April 2013.
The guidance replaces Working Together (2010) and The Framework for Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (2000). We will be updating the LSCB procedures in due course.
Click on the link below to access the new Goverment guidance
Working Together (2013)
Indicators of needs documents update (thresholds)
The following two documents have been prepared to assist practitioners to best identify whether a child is experiencing difficulties or has additional needs. An indicators of need frameworks has been produced as a guide to help determine at what level or by what agency any additional needs can be met.