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A new Chair and a new approach has seen the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) make a number of positive changes to its work for the safeguarding of the city’s children.
The LSCB annual report highlights a number of improvements made over the last twelve months. This includes the placement of the live ‘voice of the child’ at the centre of the board’s work, a renewed emphasis on children and young people of all ages, and rotating meetings and venues to give an insight into the work of partner services.
Janet Mokades, Chair of the Coventry Local Safeguarding Children Board, said:
“The annual report allows us to take a look back at the last twelve months and see where we have made progress against our priorities. This year has seen significant improvements in the safeguarding of Coventry’s children, and we now have a Board that is fully functioning and fit for purpose.
“However, there is still work to do to ensure that Coventry has consistency and quality across all safeguarding work so that we can work together most effectively to keep the city’s children safe.”
The report contains:
• Local background and context of the board’s work
• Summaries of outcomes for Coventry children
• The progress made against the board’s priorities
• An update on the board’s statutory responsibilities and other work
• Governance and accountability
• A report from the Child Death Overview Panel
• A report from the Local Authority Designated Officer
Cllr Ed Ruane, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:
"Only through strong partnership working amongst the Council, police, health, schools and the voluntary sector can we achieve better protection and safeguarding for Coventry children.
“The Independent Chair, Janet Mokades, has worked tirelessly to challenge, question and encourage all partners – yes, there has been many difficult conversations over the last year, but that strong challenge has helped improved the board enormously. We realise that there is much more to do, but it's important to recognise the improvements we have made over the last year."
The full report can be accessed at http://www.coventry.gov.uk/lscb