15 Oct 2015

Responding to the Association of Director of Children’s Services policy position paper on Local Safeguarding Children Boards, Sam Royston, Director of Policy and Research at The Children’s Society, said:

“Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards play a crucial role in keeping young people safe. The Association of Director of Children’s Services (ADCS) claim that safeguarding boards are experiencing “mission creep” should be of concern to us all If safeguarding boards are being asked to deal with issues outside their original remit they could be prevented from properly fulfilling their duties to scrutinise safeguarding work, hold local partners to account, and to ensure effective joint working.

“Our new report, Everyone’s business examines the role of safeguarding boards in tacking child sexual exploitation. It highlights how safeguarding boards often fail to listen to the vulnerable children who use the services they oversee. Listening to children and taking their experiences seriously must be at the centre of all safeguarding work.

 “Our report analysed safeguarding boards’ budgets and found the amount of money varies significantly and does not appear to rise in line with local need and deprivation. ADCS believe that safeguarding board budgets continue to be an intractable problem, and we have to agree.

“We support ADCS’ view that safeguarding boards’ budgets need to be more democratically accountable. We also believe national guidance is required to help local partners work out - in a consistent and fair manner – how much they need to spend locally on the critical task of coordinating services to keep children safe.”

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Notes to editors

  • The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn.
  • We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side
  •  Our new report, Everyone’s business examines how our specialist projects supporting children at risk of sexual exploitation or going missing work with their 17 local safeguarding children boards to keep young people safe from sexual exploitation in their local areas.