About SSCB

About SSCB

Sandwell Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) is a statutory body established under the Children Act 2004. It is independently chaired and consists of senior representatives from member organisations  and bodies which have regular contact with children and young people or responsibility for services to them.

The statutory objectives of the SSCB are to:

    • Coordinate local arrangements to safeguarding and promote the welfare of children
    • Ensure that these arrangements are effective

The function of Local Safeguarding Children Boards are set out in more detail in Working Together 2015: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children

    • Develop local policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children including:
      1. The action to be taken where there are concerns about a child’s safety or welfare, including thresholds for intervention;
      • Training of those working with children or in services affecting the safety and welfare of children;
      • Recruitment and supervision of persons who work with children;
      • Investigation of allegations concerning persons working with children;
      • Cooperation with neighbouring Children’s Social Care Authorities and their Board partners.
    • Communicate to local people and organisations the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, raising their awareness of how this can best be done and encouraging them to do so
    • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by the authority and Board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advise them on ways to improve
    • Participate in the planning of services for children in the area of the authority
    • Undertake reviews of serious cases and advise the authority and their Board partners on lessons to be learned, ensuring these are understood and acted upon
    • Develop procedures to ensure a coordinated response to unexpected child deaths
    • Collect and analyse information about child deaths

The work of Sandwell SCB is underpinned by the following shared values:

  • all children and young people need to be, and have a right to be safe from abuse and neglect
  • all work will be underpinned by the principles of the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child
  • agencies and their staff have a shared responsibility to work together and safeguard children and young people, and to promote their welfare
  • children and young people’s wellbeing and safety will be at the heart of all our work
  • the views of children, young people and their families will be utilised to influence our work
  • all children and young people are unique and all our work will consider and address issues, diversity and vulnerability
  • prevention, proactive and promotion strategies will be an important aspect of our work to safeguard children and young people


Key Partnerships