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Useful Information for Keeping Children Safe

The Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB) works to protect and safeguard the children of Kent.

The Children Act 2004 requires each local authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) whose core objectives are:

  • To co-ordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area of the authority
  • To ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for that purpose

All LCSBs appoint an Independent Chair who can bring expertise and a clear guiding hand to the Board to make sure that the LCSB fulfils its roles effectively. The Independent Chair also frees up the Board members to participate on an equal footing, without any single agency having the added influence of chairing the Board. The Chair is subject to an annual appraisal, to ensure the role is undertaken competently and that the post holder retains the confidence of the KSCB members.

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