Safeguarding Children in Leicestershire and Rutland

Children can only be kept safe properly if the key agencies work together

Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) were established by the Children Act 2004 which gives a statutory responsibility to each locality to have this mechanism in place. LSCBs are now the key system in every locality of the country for organisations to come together to agree on how they will cooperate with one another to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The purpose of this partnership working is to hold each other to account and to ensure safeguarding children remains high on the agenda across their region.

In May 2011, the final report from the Munro Review of Child Protection, a child-centred system, was published. Within this report, Professor Munro set out the important role that Local Safeguarding Children Boards have in monitoring the effectiveness of partner agencies and recognised that they are key to improving multi-agency working, to support and enable partner organisations to adapt their practice and become more effective in safeguarding children. Munro states that Local Safeguarding Children Boards are: "…well placed to identify emerging problems through learning from practice and to oversee efforts to improve services in response."

Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Information Sharing Agreement (ISA) for the purposes of Safeguarding Children

The Information Sharing Agreement (ISA) has been agreed and signed by statutory and voluntary agencies across Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland. This is intended to help with the sharing of information across agencies, especially in relation to safeguarding children by:
• Making it easier and quicker for information to be shared securely between agencies
• Removing the uncertainty that often surrounds inter-agency information sharing
• Encouraging agencies to share information to assist with the safeguarding of children.

If any other local agencies would like to be part of the Information Sharing Agreement please could the Chief Officer or Chief Executive in the agency complete and sign the 'Chief Execs ISA agreement' document below and return it either by post or email to the Safeguarding Boards Business Office.