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What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • enabling children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.

What is the Devon Safeguarding Children Board?

Safeguarding Children Boards are a legal body that oversees how the relevant organisations in each local area cooperate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, with the purpose of holding each other to account and ensuring that safeguarding children remains high on the agenda across the partnership area.

In May 2011, the final report from the Munro Review of Child Protection, A child-centred system, was published. Within this report, Professor Munro set out the important role that Local Safeguarding Children Boards have in monitoring the effectiveness of partner agencies and recognised that they are key to improving multi-agency working, to support and enable partner organisations to adapt their practice and become more effective in safeguarding children.

In her report, Munro said that Local Safeguarding Children Boards are ‘well placed to identify emerging problems through learning from practice and to oversee efforts to improve services in response.’

The Devon Safeguarding Children Board’s role is to

  • develop policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting welfare
  • communicate and raise awareness
  • monitor and evaluate
  • participate in planning and commissioning services
  • collect and analyse information in relation to child deaths
  • conduct serious case reviews.