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Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in statutory guidance as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s health and development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Statutory guidance outlines that safeguarding arrangements must be underpinned by two key principles:
- safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility – all organisations working with children, young people and their parents/carers have a role to play both individually, and collectively across organisations, to: identify safeguarding concerns; provide children and young people with the help they need; share information about these concerns; and work together with organisations to ensure children and young people have the best outcomes;
- a child-centred approach – for help provided to children, young people and their parents/carers to be effective, help should be based on a clear understanding of their developmental needs and views of children and young people. A child-centred approach is supported by a number of laws like the Children Act, Equality Act and United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.+
The role of Blackburn with Darwen LSCB is:
- to co-ordinate what is done by each organisation that works with children, young people and parents/carers for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting welfare; and
- to ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each organisation for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting welfare.
The work of the LSCB includes bringing different local organisations together to look at whether:
- children, young people and their families get the help they need;
- local organisations are doing what the law and guidance say they should be doing to help keep children and young people safe;
- the quality of services organisations provide and the work their staff do is of the highest standard;
- lessons are learnt for the future following incidents when children or young people are seriously harmed or die; and
local training is helping different professionals to keep children and young people safe.
Are you concerned that a child is being abused or neglected?
If you are concerned about a child and you feel they are being abused, neglected or at risk of abuse/neglect, then you should consider making a safeguarding child referral.
Contact the Blackburn with Darwen Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) for confidential advice and consultation. Please call 01254 666400 between the hours of 08:45 and 17:00 Monday to Friday.
If you are calling outside these hours please contact our Emergency Duty Team on 01254 587547.