The Children Act 2004 places a duty on every local authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). The core objectives of the LSCB are to:
- Coordinate what's done by each person or body represented on the board for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area of the authority
- Ensure the effectiveness of what's done by each such person or body for that purpose
Shropshire’s Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) is a representative group of agencies in Shropshire involved in safeguarding children and child protection. Shropshire Council's Safeguarding Group has lead responsibility for the effective working of the SSCB, but all agencies are responsible for contributing fully and effectively to the work of the SSCB.
In September 2015 the SSCB held a development day focusing on a self-assessment of the effectiveness of the board, and revisiting its priorities.
For 2016-2017, the SSCB priority work areas are as follows:
- Missing children, to include child sexual exploitation and trafficking
- Domestic abuse
The Board's most recent annual report is published in the related media section of this page.