About the MSCB

What is the MSCB and what do we do?
Manchester Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) is a statutory multi-agency board made up of representatives from the Local Authority, Police, Health Service, Probation, Youth Justice Service, the Voluntary Sector and others.

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

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

We all share responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, whether as a parent or family member, a friend or neighbour, an employer, or as a paid or volunteer worker. It is increasingly important that members of the local community have an understanding of the work that is being carried out to help keep children safe in Manchester.

Note: Working Togther 2018 has replaced Working Together 2015 and now sets out:

New arrangements in Manchester will be put in place in due course.

The Role of the MSCB

The Manchester Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) is a statutory body 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.

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

The MSCB also has a strategic role in challenging the overall safeguarding work of the partners and for ensuring continuous improvement in practice.

The MSCB takes lead responsibility for coordinating the safeguarding work of the partners and for monitoring the quality and consistency of safeguarding practice and training across all partner agencies.

The MSCB is not an operational body. Its role is to ensure the coordination and effectiveness of the services provided to children, young people and their families by member organisations. The MSCB holds its member organisations to account for their performance and contributes 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 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

Who is the Chair of the MSCB?
Julia Stephens-Row is the Independent Chair of the MSCB and can be contacted by email at manchestersafeguardingboards@manchester.gov.uk

What is the role of the Independent Chair?
The Independent Chair oversees the Board which is made up of senior representatives from the key statutory and voluntary organisations that have responsibility for delivering services to children or have regular contact with children and young people in Manchester.

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.

Who needs to be a member of a Local Safeguarding Children Board like the MSCB?
The MSCB consists of senior representatives from all the main organisations whose staff come into contact with children and young people, their parents and carers.

Working Together (2015) lists Board partners which must be included in the LSCB. The Board also has Lay Members, whose role is to represent the local community and a Member representing the Voluntary and Community sector.

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.

Membership of the MSCB
Partners in the MSCB include senior representatives from:

  • Barnardo’s
  • Cheshire & GM Community Rehabilitation Service (CRC)
  • Children and Family Court Advisory Service (CAFCASS)
  • Further Education establishments
  • Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (MFT)
  • Greater Manchester Police (GMP)
  • Manchester City Council Adult and Children’s Services
  • Manchester City Council Youth Offending Service
  • Manchester Health & Care Commissioning
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT)
  • National Probation Service
  • National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
  • NHS England
  • Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust (PAHT)
  • Schools representatives
  • The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  • Voluntary and Community Sector – Macc.

Additional membership includes:

  • Designated Doctor NHS
  • Director of Public Health
  • GM Ambulance Service
  • GM Fire and Rescue
  • Manchester City Council Housing.

Participating observers:

  • Executive Member for Children, Manchester City Council.

MSCB advisors:

  • Designated Nurse
  • Named Doctor NHS Manchester
  • MSB Board Manager
  • Manchester City Council legal services
  • Designated Officer (MCC).
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