Manchester Safeguarding Children Board

Manchester Safeguarding Children Board brings together a number of agencies across the city to ensure that there is a joined up approach to safeguarding. Safeguarding means protecting a child’s right to live in safety.   Our vision is that:

“Every child and young person in Manchester should be able to grow up safe; free from abuse, neglect or crime; allowing them to enjoy a happy and healthy childhood and fulfil their potential.”

We aim to achieve this through:
Leadership – collective guidance, improvement and responsibility to ensure children and young people are safe.

Challenge – through focused inquiries or investigations into particular practice or issues on the basis of evidence, practitioner experience and the views of children and young people.

Learning – to achieve the highest standards of development and to ensure all practitioners have the skills and knowledge to be effective. This will include listening to the voice of children and young people and using what we hear to inform best practice.

The values of the Manchester Safeguarding Children Board
The following values underpin and guide the work we do and are promoted by all Board Members:

  • All children should be safe from abuse and neglect
  • We prioritise the safety of children over everything else we do
  • We are committed to the changing needs of all children, particularly those who are vulnerable to risk
  • We collaborate with agencies and challenge them in a shared responsibility to safeguard children
  • We are dedicated to early help
  • We listen to children, young people, families, our practitioners and their managers – their involvement shapes what we do.

This section of our website is for service users, families and carers and practitioners working with children, young people and their families.

We hope that you find this website useful and do all that you can to help us achieve our vision.

About us

What is the MSCB and what do we do?
Manchester Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) is a statutory multi-agency board established under the Children Act 2004.

The MSCB has an independent chair and membership is made up of senior representatives from all the main agencies and organisations in Manchester whose staff come into contact with children and young people, their parents and carers. Working Together lists Board partners which must be included in the LSCB. This includes “Lay Members”, whose role is to represent the local community and a Member representing the Voluntary and Community sector.

For more information about who we are visit our partners page.

Our aim is that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. This means that:

  • All children grow up in a safe environment;
  • All children and young people achieve their best in education, are ready for work, and have skills for life;
  • All children grow up healthy and have improved life chances; and
  • Children who are looked after achieve at least as good outcomes as those who are not.

All partners are expected to support this aim and to deliver the highest standard of service.

The main purpose of the MSCB is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Manchester. This is done by coordinating and challenging the safeguarding work of those people and organisations represented on the board, and ensuring that what they do is effective.

The MSCB is strategic not operational body, monitoring the quality and consistency of safeguarding practice and training across all partner agencies, ensuring continuous improvement in practice and contributing to the broader planning, commissioning and delivery of services.

The MSCB is responsible for:

  • Monitoring how well statutory agencies are carrying out their responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; as set out in section 11 of the Children Act 2004;
  • Running a programme of multi-agency safeguarding training; to ensure that there is continual learning and improvement;
  • Monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of MSCB inter-agency procedures;
  • Undertaking a Serious Case Review (SCR) when a child dies, and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death. to ensure that there is continual learning and improving;
  • Acting on the lessons learned from SCRs to improve how organisations work together to safeguard children; and
  • Taking an overview of all child deaths (under 18 years) in the area, identifying any possible recurrent themes, circumstances, or possible limitations in service by agencies.

In addition to the main Board, the MSCB has created a number of subgroups to undertake specific tasks on its behalf.

The MSCB is also affiliated to a number of other strategic boards across Manchester.

The MSCB Governance Structure
The  Independent Chair  oversees the Board. The Chair is independent of the local agencies so that the MSCB can exercise its local challenge function effectively.

Who is responsible for appointing or removing the MSCB chair?
It is the responsibility of the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council to appoint or remove the MSCB chair with the agreement of a panel including MSCB partners and lay members.

The Chief Executive, drawing on other MSCB partners and, where appropriate, the Lead Member will hold the Chair to account for the effective working of the MSCB.

What is the role of a Board member?
Members of the MSCB are people with a strategic role in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children within their organisation. They are expected to be able to:

  • speak for their organisation with authority;
  • commit their organisation on policy and practice matters;
  • hold their organisation to account.

Business Documents

Here you will find all our documentation such as our vision, business plan, strategies and annual reports; plus other documents

Serious Case Reviews / Learning from Practice

The MSCB has a statutory duty to have a learning and improvement framework, which helps all agencies work together to look at situations involving children and families where there has been good or concerning practice. This helps us look at our safeguarding learning and systems.

The Board carries out a number of reviews alongside its quality assurance activity.

See our Learning from Practice page for more information.


Information and details of our subgroups, their purpose, terms of reference and membership.

Legislation and Government Guidance

The Boards are statutory bodies and as such are the subject of government legislation. Details of this can be found here


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