Warrington Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB)
The Warrington Safeguarding Children Board is a statutory body established to comply with the requirements of the Children Act 2004. Statutory guidance to support its work is provided through 'Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children’ (2015).
The Board provides a central coordinating function throughout Warrington for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. Its core objectives are to:
- co-ordinate what is done by each agency to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in the area
- ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for those purposes
The WSCB is the decision making body for multi-agency safeguarding issues within Warrington. The work of the WSCB fits within the wider context of all children's services in the town and aims to improve the well-being of all children, helping them to reach their potential.
Functions of the WSCB
Statute is very clear about how the WSCB must undertake its work and what our core functions are. These include:
- having up to date policies and procedures (available on our website) for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area of Warrington, including policies and procedures in relation to:
(i) the action to be taken where there are concerns about a child’s safety or welfare, including thresholds for intervention;
(ii) training of persons who work with children or in services affecting the safety and welfare of children;
(iii) recruitment and supervision of persons who work with children;
(iv) investigation of allegations concerning persons who work with children;
(v) safety and welfare of children who are privately fostered;
(vi) cooperation with neighbouring children’s services authorities and their Board partners;
- ensuring we communicate to people and agencies in Warrington, 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;
- monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of what is done in Warrington and our Board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advising them on ways to improve;
- participating in the planning of services for children in; and
- undertaking reviews of serious cases and advising the authority and our Board partners on lessons to be learned. (Regulation 5 (2) which relates to the WSCB Serious Case Reviews function and regulation 6 which relates to the WSCB Child Death functions are covered in chapter 4 of Working Together to Safeguard Children a guide to inter- agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children March 2015.
Working in Partnership
The Warrington Safeguarding Children Board has an independent chair. The Board brings together senior representatives from all key agencies working to support children and young people in the town. This includes the local authority, health service commissioners and providers, the police together with a whole range of other organisations from across voluntary, private and public sectors. Our annual report includes a section from each of our partner agencies, demonstrating their commitment to safeguarding children.
Organisation of the WSCB and its sub-groups
The Warrington Safeguarding Children Board is supported by The Main Board, an Executive Group and six standing groups / sub groups. These are:
- Safeguarding Children Operational Group
- Policy sub group
- Scrutiny group
- Missing Children, Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking sub group
- Learning and Development sub group
- Criteria and Approval Panel
- Health sub group
The Board is also supported in progressing its work by links to other relevant reference groups, such as local Youth, Faith and Community Groups. It also participates in three ‘Pan Cheshire’ Groups with Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester and Halton Safeguarding Children Boards. These are:
- Missing, Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking Strategic Group
- Policies and Procedures Group
- Child Death Overview Panel
You can also find out more about the current work and future priorities for each of these groups in the annual report.
The Board is a Strategic Partnership to safeguard and protect all the children and young people of Warrington from pre-birth to 18 years. Most will never need to be safeguarded but those who do will be treated with respect, will be believed and will be protected for as long as it is needed.
For more information about the work of the Board, visit its dedicated website
If you are worried about a child:
You should contact the Duty and Assessment Team on 01925 443400. An out of hours service is also available on 01925 444400.
Who to contact
Where to go
- WSCB and Partnerships Team
Lower Ground Floor
- WA1 2NJ
Time / date details
- When is it on
- The Board Team is available Mon- Friday 9.00am to 5.00 pm.
- Session Information
The Boad does not operate outside of working hours and does not handle safeguarding investigations or referrals. Therefore any safeguarding concerns should always be directed to Children's Social Care via. 01925 443400 (or 01925 444400 out of hours)
- Age ranges
- 0-18 years
- Referral required
- Referral details
The Warrington Safeguarding Children Board does not take referrals as this is the responsibility of Children and Young People’s Targeted Services, contacted via the Duty and Assessment Team on 01925 443400 (01925 444400 out of hours)
English is mostly spoken but translation will be provided where required.