As the Local Safeguarding Children Board for Bath and North East Somerset we will coordinate and monitor the work of agencies, especially but not exclusively those providing services to children and families, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. In doing so the Board will; 

  • Promote and support activities that protect children and young people from significant harm and the continuing risk of harm;
  • Work to raise awareness within the wider community, including statutory, voluntary and independent agencies, about how everybody can contribute to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business.


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What does the LSCB do?

The LSCB is an independent body made up of representatives from the range of agencies that work with children and young people. There are two lay members who also sit on the board and there are links with Children and Young People’s Equalities group, so ensuring the voice of children and young people is heard.    

The work of the LSCB includes:

  • Taking the lead to ensure that agencies work well together to safeguard children and young people.
  • Ensuring that all organisations comply with their duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
  • Co ordinating and delivering multi-agency safeguarding children training.
  • Promoting and publishing multi-agency child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures which are below.
  • Commissioning Serious Case Reviews and multi-agency audits so that we learn what we need to improve in terms of the work that we carry out with children, young people and families.
  • Overseeing multi-agency learning events and conferences so that good practice is shared.
  • Playing a key role in ensuring and monitoring that recommendations from inspections and reviews about safeguarding children are carried through.
  • Working alongside other committees/boards such as the Children’s Trust Board, Local Safeguarding Adults Board and the Health & Wellbeing Board to ensure that work to safeguard children is co-ordinated.

Child Protection

Concerned about a child in B&NES?

If you have a concern about a child or young person, please call the Children and Families Assessment and Intervention Team on 01225 396312 or 01225 396313

If outside of office hours, please call the Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615165

If a child or young person is in immediate danger then please dial 999 and ask for police assistance. 

Click on the titles in the ‘Links’ box on the right hand side of the page to access websites for the NSPCC , South West Child Protection Procedures, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (e-safety) and the Anti-Bullying Alliance


The Local Authority Designated Officer for managing allegations or safeguarding concerns against staff is Mel Argles who can be contacted on 01225 396810.

LSCB Structure and Terms of Reference

There are seven sub groups of the LSCB:-

LSCB Annual Report & Business Plans

LSCB Minutes





LSCB Newsletter

Key Messages from the Chair

Working Together 2015 - National Guidance for Professionals

LSCB Multi-Agency Policies

LSCB Escalation Policy for Resolving Professional Disagreement

LSCB Bruising in Children Protocol

Unborn Baby Protocol

Child Sexual Exploitation and Missing Children

Modern Slavery


Managing Allegations

Notifiable Incidents and Serious Case Review Process

E-Safety Strategy

Female Genital Mutilation

Joint Working Protocol

Thresholds for Assessment and Early Help

Learning and Improvement Framework

Information Sharing

Complaints/Appeals Process for Child Protection Conferences

LSCB & LSAB Mental Capacity Act Policy

LSCB & LSAB Dispute Resolution Policy

LSCB Training 2015/2016

LSCB Posters

LSAB Newsletter (prior to becoming joint)

B&NES Policies and Procedures

Self Harm (including suicide) Guidelines

Children Missing Education

Child protection for schools

Children and Young People's Plan

Private Fostering

Housing and Children Services Protocol

Whistleblowing Policy

Independent Reviewing Officers Annual Report

Local Authorities have a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to:

        • Be involved in the management and oversight of individual cases

        • Provide advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations

        • Liaise with the police and other agencies

        • Monitor the progress of cases to ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as possible, consistent with a thorough and fair process

        • The Local Authority Designated Officer for managing allegations or safeguarding concerns against staff is Mel Argles who can be contacted on 01225 396810.

If you wish to contact the independent Chair of the LSCB, please contact: 

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