About Us

Bradford Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) is a statutory body established under the Children Act 2004.  It is independently chaired  and consists of senior representatives of all the principal agencies and organisations working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in the Bradford District.

Its statutory objectives are to:

  • Co-ordinate local work undertaken by all agencies and individuals to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
  • Ensure the effectiveness of that work

Each Local Safeguarding Children Board has to produce and publish an Annual Report evaluating the effectiveness of safeguarding in the local area.  The report is submitted to the Chief Executive and Leader of the Local Authority, reflecting that overall accountability for the safety and welfare of children and young people must be led by them.

Independent chair of Bradford Safeguarding Children Board

David Niven is the independent chair of Bradford Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB).

The BSCB’s role is to work with all agencies and the wider community in keeping Bradford’s children safe. This includes dealing with issues of child abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation, accidents and bullying.

The Board also has a panel that reviews all child deaths in the district. In addition, the board has to conduct Serious Case Reviews (SCR) which are carried out when a child dies or is seriously injured and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death.  SCRs look at whether there are lessons to be learnt from the agencies involved with that particular child.

David has over 30 years experience in a range of roles connected to children and child welfare.

Key Documents and Links

The BSCB Statement of Intent

BSCB Structure

BSCB Sub-Groups

BSCB Business Plan 2016-18

BSCB Annual Report 2017-18

BSCB Annual Report 2016-17

CDOP Annual Report 2017-18

BSCB Strategic Plan 2019-2021

BSCB Learning and Improvement Framework

Health Structure Chart for Bradford District

How the NHS works

Bradford District Partnership Health and Wellbeing Board


Safeguarding Children in Bradford