Safeguarding Children:

About Blackpool Safeguarding Children Board

Blackpool Safeguarding Children's Board

Section 13 of the Children Act 2004 required each local authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). The LSCB for Blackpool is Blackpool Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB).

The purpose of all LSCBs is to ensure that local services provided to children are effective and well coordinated.

Our Objectives

Section 14 of the Children Act 2004 sets out the objectives of LSCBs, which are:

  • To coordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area; and
  • To ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for those purposes.The Government's Statutory Guidance,

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) defines safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children's health or development
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

Our Functions

Regulation 5 of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations 2006 sets out that the functions of the LSCB, in relation to the above objectives under section 14 of the Children Act 2004, are as follows:

1(a) developing policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the
welfare of children in the area of the authority, 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

(b) communicating to persons and bodies in the area of the authority 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

(c) monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of what is done by the authority and their Board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advising them on ways to improve

(d) participating in the planning of services for children in the area of the authority

(e) undertaking reviews of serious cases and advising the authority and their Board partners on lessons to be learned

Our Partner Agencies

The BSCB is a partnership between the Local Authority, Health, Education, Police, Probation and Voluntary Sector.

Independent Chair

Dr David Sanders is the Independent Chair of BSCB since October 2014. As of August 2015, David also chairs BSAB. David has a career background working in public services which has included holding the positions of Strategic Director Community (with responsibility for Children’s Services, Housing and Adult Social Services and Leisure, Culture and Adult Learning) and Chair of Regional Partnership North West. He currently works as a freelance consultant and adviser across a range of organisations, and has extensive experience and ongoing involvement in safeguarding related work. David currently also Chairs the LSCBs for Sefton and Newham. 

The BSCB Team

BSCB are based at: Number One, Bickerstaffe Square, Blackpool, FY1 3AH

Tel: 01253 477025

Our business team is made up of:

David Sanders Blackpool Safeguarding Boards Independent Chair
Paul Threlfall BSCB Business Development Manager
Jolene Llewellyn Blackpool Safeguarding Boards Training Co ordinator
Rachel Orwin Blackpool Safeguarding Boards Training Co ordinator
Paul Turner School Safeguarding Advisor
Mia Talbott Blackpool Safeguarding Boards Business Administrator
Nick Issitt Blackpool Safeguarding Boards Analyst