LSCB’s emerged from one of the recommendations of the Laming Inquiry and its functions are set out under Section 14 of the Children Act 2004:

  • To coordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area; and
  • To ensure the effectiveness of what is done by such person or body for those purposes.

 

The Board is led by an independent Chair. The Chair is appointed through a recruitment process. They are responsible for the overall management of Board work. Led by the Chair, the Board identifies an annual set of priorities which determine the LSCB work plan for the year. The Board has sub-groups monitoring and driving the work plan forward. Each Sub Group has a Chair (normally nominated following discussion between the Sub Group, Chair and Business Manager) and they would meet with the Chair on a regular basis to discuss progress and issues.

The Executive Group (Exec) Terms of Reference

The primary purpose of the Group, is to ensure that the business of the Board is effectively managed and progressed, to ensure that partner agencies are fulfilling their statutory obligations under Working Together 2015.

The Scrutiny and Assurance Group (SAG) Terms of Reference

The primary purpose of the Scrutiny and Assurance Sub Group is to scrutinise, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of LSCB, it’s partner agencies and commissioned organisations for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in Luton.

The Multi Agency Audit Group (MAAG) Terms of Reference

The MAAG is authorised to carry out four core multi agency audits per year, in line with the LSCB’s key business priorities to provide assurance to the Board, that partner agencies are meeting their statutory responsibilities for safeguarding children in the delivery of their services.

 The Learning and Improvement Group (LIG) Terms of Reference

 The primary purpose of the Learning and Improvement Sub Group is to monitor and evaluate operational practice across the LSCB and ensure its effectiveness for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in Luton.

The Serious Case Review Group (SCR) Terms of Reference

The primary purpose to receive and consider serious cases of abuse, neglect or death where a Serious Case Review may be appropriate and make recommendations to the Chair of Luton Safeguarding Children Board.

The Luton Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how relevant organisations in Luton co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.

The following organisations/individuals are represented on the LSCB:

Luton Borough Council People Directorate
Luton Borough Council Housing & Community Living
Luton Clinical Commissioning Group
Cambridgeshire Community Services
Luton & Dunstable NHS Hospital Trust
East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT)
Bedfordshire Police
Beds, Northants, Cambridgeshire and Herts CRC, and National Probation Service
Lead Member for LBC Children’s Services
Luton Youth Offending Service
Representation from the voluntary sector
Two Head teachers representing Primary and Secondary schools
Further Education Sector
Two Lay members

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Address Details

LSCB Business Unit
Town Hall Extension
Gordon Street
Luton
LU1 2BQ

Tel: 01582 547624
Email: safeguarding@luton.gov.uk
Secure email: Vijay.Patel@luton.gcsx.gov.uk

Staff Members

LSCB Independent Chair – Fran Pearson (contact via Business Unit)
LSCB Vice Chair – Nick Bellingham ( Beds Police) and David Foord ( Luton CCG)

LSCB Business Manager – Vijay Patel 
LSCB Administrator – Lucia May
LSCB Apprentice – Mossumma Khatun