About us

Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) is a statutory body, established in accordance with the Children Act 2004 and Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance 2015.

Our role is to co-ordinate and monitor the effectiveness of the safeguarding work of agencies and bodies represented on the board.

This site provides important safeguarding information for the public, children, young people, parents, carers, school staff and other professionals.

Our board includes representatives from public agencies such as:

  • Derbyshire Police
  • Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • Derbyshire Community Health Service Foundation Trust
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust
  • Derby Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Derbyshire Health United
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service
  • Derbyshire Leicester Nottingham and Rutland Community Rehabilitation Company
  • National Probation Service
  • education
  • Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS)
  • independent lay members
  • voluntary sector
  • Community Safety
  • housing providers
  • Chesterfield Borough Council
  • Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Our aim is to work together to protect children and young people from harm, abuse and neglect.

The document ' Working together to safeguard children 2015' contains more information about our range of roles and statutory functions including developing local safeguarding policy and procedures and scrutinising local arrangements.

The DSCB is to co-ordinate what is done by each agency represented on the board for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area and to ensure the effectiveness of what is done by such agency for those purposes.

A summary of functions of the DSCB:

  • developing policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
  • ensuring all organisations are aware of their responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
  • monitor the work of board partners to keep children safe and advise on ways to improve.
  • be involved in the planning of services for children.
  • undertake serious case reviews to advise board members of lessons to be learned.
  • provision of training programmes for persons who work with children or in services affecting the safety and welfare of children.

Board leadership and support

Independent Chairman - Steve Atkinson

To drive forward safeguarding collaboration and partnership working so that children are best protected and safe in Derbyshire in their homes, schools and community.

Interim Board Manager - Catherine O’Melia

To be responsible for the leadership, management and development of all services delivered by the DSCB so that it has the capacity and capability to deliver its statutory duties.

Audit and Policy Officer - Amanda Ratcliffe

Co-ordinates and undertakes thematic and procedural audits across the DSCB partner agencies and ensures that the multi-agency safeguarding policies and procedures are fit for purpose and reflect continuous learning including recommendations from Serious Case Reviews.

Business Services Officer - Ella Boulton − Administrator

Sub groups

The statutory functions and work of the DSCB are delivered through Sub Groups. Each Sub Group is chaired and represented by a range of public agencies, supporting the key themes and priorities of the DSCB.

Child Sexual Exploitation and Vulnerable Young People Sub Group

This sub group provides strategic oversight of arrangements in relation to:

  • protecting children and young people from child sexual exploitation
  • children who go missing from home, care and education
  • self-harm, including substance misuse
  • online safety
  • radicalisation and extremism
  • female genital mutilation (FGM)

The membership of the group includes representatives from Children's Services, Community Safety, Police, Health and Probation agencies, along with specialist commissioned services.

Serious Case Review Panel Sub Committee

The Sub Committee determines whether serious incidents in respect to a child or young person meet the Serious Case Review (SCR) or Serious Incident Learning Review (SILR) criteria as defined in Working together to safeguard children 2015 document.

When a child dies from abuse or neglect or is seriously harmed, a SCR or SILR is conducted to identify ways that local professionals and organisations can improve the way they work together to safeguard children.

This subcommittee oversees the commissioning of independent reviewers for the SCR and SILR processes and the implementation of actions in response to published reviews.

A sub group of the Serious Case Review Committee is the Serious Case Review Action Plan Sub Group, which tracks the implementation and completion of recommendations and learning from SCR's and SILR's. This is then reported back to the Serious Case Review Panel.

Find out more about Serious Case Reviews and Serious Incident Learning Reviews.

Joint Workforce Sub Group

This Joint Sub Group with Derby Safeguarding Children Board carries out the requirements of the LSCB's to scrutinise arrangements for maintaining a safe, sufficient and effective workforce across the agencies.

There are four areas of work set out in Working together document 2015 that form the responsibilities of the Workforce Sub Group:

  • workforce recruitment, capacity and supervision
  • evaluation of Single and Multi-agency training
  • management of allegations against the children's workforce
  • training commissioning.

A sub group of the Joint Workforce Sub Group is the Joint Training Providers, which designs, delivers and evaluates the training programme offered to safeguarding practitioners in Derby and Derbyshire. These needs are identified and commissioned by the Workforce Group.

Quality and Performance Sub Group

The Sub Group will support the DCSB to fulfil its responsibilities and functions as set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015. The overall aims are to monitor and assure the outcomes of policy and practice with specific reference to the key priority areas of the DSCB. It also promotes and assures the welfare of children and young people, through a multi-agency Quality Assurance and Performance framework.

Joint Policies and Procedures Sub Group

The Derby and Derbyshire Policy and Procedures Group is responsible for establishing, reviewing and promoting common policies, procedures and joint working within agencies that complies with government legislation, regulations and statutory guidance. This will strengthen multi-agency working within the two areas and across boundaries.

The Policy and Procedures group will comprise of a member of each of the constituent agencies of the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children boards.

This involves all agencies so that the best possible information is available for professionals and families to help them understand what steps should be taken if concerns begin to be identified about a child's safety or welfare, including thresholds for intervention.

Child Death Overview Panel

The Child Death Overview Panel is responsible for collecting and analysing information about the deaths of all children in Derby and Derbyshire and identifying:

  • Any matters of concern affecting the safety and welfare of children including if any case needs consideration for a Serious Case Review or any other type of internal review
  • Any general public health or safety concerns arising from deaths of children.

View more information on the Child Death Overview Panel and their Annual Report.

Education Sub Group

The chair is supported by the Child Protection Manager for Education, the group's membership includes, primary and secondary schools (both academy and maintained schools), special schools and further education as well as other key partners such as Children's Services, Health and Police.

The Education Sub Group works with schools and colleges to support them in their work to raise standards and drive forward the safeguarding agenda in their schools/education settings by:

  • helping to develop and update safeguarding procedures and guidance for schools and colleges to be fully compliant with OFSTED, statutory regulations and guidance as directed by Central Government
  • assisting agencies with the development, implementation and promotion of campaigns to help improve the work of Safeguarding Children within all schools/educational settings
  • identifying and encouraging best practice through information sharing amongst all schools/ education settings / further education
  • making sure that schools and colleges are reviewing how they keep children and young people safe in their own setting and demonstrating how they are helping their pupils to be safe.

Find out more information about  keeping children safe in education on Derbyshire SchoolsNet.

Annual report

We gather information to know how well agencies are working together to keep children safe and understand the experiences of children and young people living in Derbyshire.

The Board uses the information it obtains to:

  • Report annually to the organisations, that provide services or fund new or existing ones, how well children and young people are being kept safe and where services need to be focused to help children and young people the most.

  • Report to individual agencies on what needs to be done to improve how children and young people are being kept safe through the work they do.

The board publishes an overview of the information provided by the work of the subgroups on an annual basis and this includes the main tasks identified for the following year.