LSCB >>Frequently Asked Questions regarding the LSCB

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LSCB stands for Local Safeguarding Children Board. It replaces the previously named Area Child Protection Committee, namely the ACPC.

The aim of the LSCB is to protect all children and young people from harm, however there is a need to concentrate efforts on the most vulnerable children and young people.

The LSCB partners will operate as a multi agency body pooling resources, functions and sharing information to ensure that risks to children are minimised.

The Children Act 2004 established LSCB's to replace the Area Child Protection Committees and gave them increased statutory powers and responsibilities.

Critical to the success of the LSCB is to establish what the need of the children and young people are, and placing them at the centre of our work in safeguarding.

In Blaenau Gwent the statutory members of the LSCB are:
  • The Local Authority
    1. Local Education Authority
    2. Social Services
    3. Leisure Services
    4. Housing Services
  • Aneurin Bevan Health Board
  • Gwent Police
  • Youth Offending Team
  • Probation Service

Non statutory members are:
  • Children and Young People's Partnership
  • CAFCASS Cymru
  • Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations
  • Community Safety Partnership

Child abuse can take four forms, all of which can cause long term damage to a child:
  • physical abuse,
  • emotional abuse,
  • neglect
  • sexual abuse.
Bullying and domestic violence are also forms of child abuse. A child may be experiencing abuse if he or she is:
  • frequently dirty, hungry or inadequately dressed
  • left in unsafe situations or without medical attention
  • constantly "put down", insulted, sworn at or humiliated
  • seems afraid of parents or carers
  • severely bruised or injured
  • displays sexual behaviour which doesn't seem appropriate for their age
  • growing up in a home where there is domestic violence
  • living with parents or carers involved in serious drug or alcohol abuse
Remember, this list does not cover every child abuse possibility. You may have seen other things in the child's behaviour or circumstances that worry you. Abuse is always wrong and it is never the young person's fault.

Safeguarding is all our responsibility
  1. If you see something, or somebody tells you of a concern relating to a child or young person, you should report the concern using the numbers on this card.
  2. You should also discuss the concern with your line manager.
  3. If a child tells you something that concenrs you, you should tell your line manager and ring the numbers on this card for advice.
  4. If you are unhappy with the response you receive or the child remains at risk with no apparent action, please ring again.
All children have the right to be protected. Abuse can include: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional and neglect. Safeguarding children is everybody's responsibility and you should ring the numbers below, even if you are unsure if this child is at risk.

Social Services Referrals: 01495 315700
Out of Hours Social Services (EDT): 0800 328 4432
Police: 01633 838111

No matter how small you feel your concern is, you should always speak to someone. Do not investigate further, or ask the child leading questions.

Social Services can be contacted on 01495 315700.
Out of Hours Social Services are on 0800 328 4432.
If you are concerned about iminent danger, always call the Police on 01633 838111 or 999.

Blaenau Gwent Local Safeguarding Children's Board, Heart of the Valleys Children's Centre, Old Blaina Infant School,
High Street, Blaina, Blaenau Gwent, NP13 3BN - Tel: 01495 355584