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
Jane Booth is the Independent Chair of BSCB. Jane, who was Chair of the Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board, took over the role from David Niven. Jane, a qualified social worker, retired from the post of deputy chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) in 2010. Jane has more than 40 years of experience in social work.
Safeguarding Children Boards were set up in all local authorities following the inquiry into Victoria Climbie’s death. Bradford’s board is a partnership of agencies who work to safeguard children in Bradford, including partners from health, the police, education and the voluntary sector.
Jane Booth said: “I am very pleased to be taking on the role of independent chair of Bradford Safeguarding Children Board. Bradford District has the youngest population in the UK and a broad diversity. This brings opportunities and challenges and I look forward to working with all the partner agencies and communities in the district so we can strengthen how we work together to keep children safe.”
Kersten England, Chief Executive of Bradford Council, said: “We’re delighted that Jane is taking up the role of Chair of our Safeguarding Children Board. She brings a wealth of experience, both as a social worker and as a Chair of other safeguarding boards, and she has a strong understanding of how we need to work in partnership to keep children safe. I want to thank David Niven for his service to the district as Chair of the Safeguarding Children Board”.
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