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Welcome to the Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board website

We want to make sure that children and young people feel safe and cared for in Central Bedfordshire

Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) have been established by the government to ensure that organisations work together effectively to safeguard children and promote their welfare. In Central Bedfordshire this includes social care services, education, health, the police, probation, the voluntary sector, youth offending services, early years services - in fact, any organisation providing services for children.

We hope that children and young people, families and communities will use the website as well as professionals working with children.

Alan Caton

Independent Chair of Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board


Central Bedfordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Children Arrangements (MASA)

From the 1st September 2019

Arrangements for safeguarding children in England are changing and the Local Safeguarding Children Board in Central Bedfordshire will be changing to a new set of Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements (MASA). The new arrangements in Central Bedfordshire will still be named the Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board (CBSCB).

These new arrangements, which outline how partners will work together to safeguard children will be implemented from September this year. They outline how more emphasis will be placed on considering outcomes for children and young people, and the impact of work that organisations in Central Bedfordshire do to keep children safe, well and achieving their aspirations. The partnership will have more time for reflective discussion, scrutiny of work with children and families and sharing learning so that we can improve.

The Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board will also be working closely with the Safeguarding Boards in Luton and Bedford to ensure that multi-agency working is as joined up and efficient for partners.

The process to report concerns about a child in Central Bedfordshire remains the same, and the operational activity within organisations does not change. The public and practitioners will be reminded it's everyone's responsibility to keep children safe, and any concerns should be reported to The Access and Referral Team on 0300 300 85 85 or via email at AccessReferral@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Training, guidance and policies and procedures relating to the safeguarding of children will continue to be available through the Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children website: https://www.centralbedfordshirelscb.org.uk/lscb-website/home-page

Central Bedfordshire Multi Agency Safeguarding Arrangements - Presentation

Central Bedfordshire - Final Signed Multi Agency Safeguarding Arrangements

Appendix A - MASA TOR

Appendix B - MASA Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews Flowchart

Appendix C - MASA Training Arrangements

CDOP Statement


What does the LSCB do?

What does the LSCB do? 

Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board is the lead statutory partnership for:

  • Coordinating the work done by the various agencies to safeguard children and promote their welfare, and
  • Ensuring that this work is carried out effectively

The LSCB's objectives and purpose

The Children Act 2004 places a duty on children's services to establish local boards and sets out the agencies that will be ‘Board partners' on the LSCB. The Act also places a duty for the authority and Board partners to cooperate with each other.

Further guidance for the LSCB is set out in "Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to inter-agency working." This defines the LSCB as, "the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations...will cooperate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children...and ensuring the effectiveness of what they do."

How the LSCB works

Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Board working arrangements 

Partners in Central Bedfordshire work together to safeguard children through the following arrangements:

Core Business and Improvement Group

Case Review Group

Child Death Overview Panel - CDOP

Child Sexual Exploitation Group  - CSEG

Roles and Responsibilities of the Executive Lead Member, Chief Executive, Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children Board and Director of Children’s Services


CBSCB Annual Reports

Working Together 2018 guidance sets areas to be covered in the Annual Report. It should provide a rigorous and transparent assessment of the performance and effectiveness of local services. It should identify areas of weakness, the causes of those weaknesses and the action being taken to address them as well as other proposals for action. The report should include lessons from reviews undertaken within the reporting period

It should also list the contributions made to CBSCB by partner agencies and details of what CBSCB has spent, including on Child Death Reviews, Serious Case Reviews and other specific expenditure such as learning events or training. The Annual Report should be published on the CBSCB website and is drawn to the attention of the Health and Wellbeing Board, the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Local Authority Chief Executive and the Leader of the Council.

CBSCB Business Plan 2019-2020

CBSCB Business Plan 2017-2019 (Revised March 2018)

Annual Report 2017-2018

Annual Report 2016-2017

Annual Report 2015-2016

June 2017 - LSCB Ofsted Inspection

The Local Safeguarding Children Board is good

Executive summary

Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board is good. Clear governance arrangements and systematic scrutiny ensure that accountabilities are clear and enable rigorous oversight of safeguarding arrangements.

The influential independent chair has created a strong and engaged partnership, with collective determination to safeguard children. A collaborative approach to partnership working ensures that partners benefit from shared work-streams with neighbouring LSCBs under a pan-Bedfordshire arrangement.

The board maintains critical oversight of the effectiveness of services provided to children in need of early help and children looked after. It has ensured that safeguarding arrangements are effective for children who have disabilities, those in private fostering arrangements and other vulnerable groups. Close partnership working supports effective disruption activity and ensures that children at risk of sexual exploitation receive the help they need. There is a need to build on this ensure that the analysis from return home interviews, child sexual exploitation risk assessments and screening tools informs future planning and mapping activity.

Comprehensive performance analysis, audit and monitoring ensure that the board has a triangulated understanding of safeguarding practice across the partnership. While this enables scrutiny in most key areas, the board does not currently review data relating to contacts and there have been gaps in the submission of performance information in respect of missing children. Consequently, the board is not yet assured of the effectiveness of practice in these areas.

The board has been proactive in consulting children and young people about their views of the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements.

The board robustly scrutinises frontline practice through a well-embedded programme of audit activity, which provides a line of sight to frontline practice, but action planning and evaluation need strengthening.



Key CBSCB publications

The Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board has published the following key documents which set out partners' approach to key areas of work:

The LSCB Governance Structure

LSCB Governance Structure

Useful Links

Useful Links

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

Full Interim Report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Safer Internet Resources

The Lullaby Trust

NSPCC Campaigns

Ofsted Safeguarding Children

Government Safeguarding Children

CAFCASS service for separating parents in dispute

Disabled Children Research Presentation  - Community Care 17th August 2015  

NSPCC - Safeguarding Children and Young People within Faith Settings

THINKUKNOW - Resources for professionals

THINKUKNOW - Resources for parents

Information Sharing - Quick Guide

Karma Nirvana - Support for victims of honour crimes and forced marriage

Disrespect Nobody - Home Office Campaign - Information about healthy relationships for teenagers/ young people

Tackle Child Abuse - Department for Education Campaign - Everyone has a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect

3 Minute Briefing - Sexual Exploitation including Modern Day Slavery and Trafficking of Human Beings

NSPCC - Let children know that you're listening

Useful advice on keeping children safe at home

Blue Whale Challenge - Advice Letter from the CBSCB Chair

Advice for Schools when children travel to school in taxis - Parent Letter

Advice for schools when commissioning School Transport

Be SMART Online Poster  

Trafficking, Exploitation and Modern Slavery Resource Pack 

Pan Bedfordshire County Lines Leaflet 

Home Office County Lines: Protecting Vulnerable People from Exploitation Partner Pack

Home Office Child Exploitation Disruption Toolkit

Contact Us

Contact Information

We would welcome your views, suggestions, comments or complaints in regard to the work of Central Bedfordshire's Safeguarding Children Board. Please contact us via email or by calling the CBSCB administrator as below.

CBSCB Administrator
Watling House,
High Street North, 
LU6 1LF.

Tel: 0300 300 6455


If your enquiry relates to Training please contact the LSCB Training Department:

Tel:  0300 300 6676


If you have concerns about a child please contact any of the following agencies:

During office hours ( 8:45 am to 5:20 pm Monday to Thursday, 8:45 am to 4:20 pm Friday ) you can contact your local Social Care Children's Teams directly:

Children and Families - Social Care Teams:
Bedford Borough Council - 01234 718700
Central Bedfordshire Council - 0300 300 8585

If you urgently need help outside office hours you can contact Bedfordshire Social Care on 0870 2385465 / 0300 300 8123

Bedfordshire Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit - 01234 846960

NSPCC 0808 800 5000

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