Pan Berkshire sub groups are made up of the six Berkshire local authorities including Slough:
- West Berkshire
- Windsor & Maidenhead
Policy and Procedures
The key purpose of this sub group is to:
- develop policies, procedures and protocols on
- child protection and safeguarding
- review research and central government guidance on the protection of children, and on issues arising from serious case reviews
- make sure (through Board representatives) that Local Safeguarding Children Boards are advised about revisions that are needed / underway to policies and procedures
- act on feedback from workers on the translation of policies, procedures and protocols into practice and to revise existing guidance to make sure practitioners are clear about what to do if they are worried a child is being abused.
Section 11 (s11) of the Children Act 2004 places a duty on key people and bodies to make sure their functions are discharged to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Each LSCB has a duty to make sure the safeguarding activities within their area are effective, with focus on checking service providers fulfil their statutory responsibilities.
This Berkshire sub group is accountable to the six LSCB's across Berkshire. It aims to:
- make sure safeguarding training is monitored effectively and delivered to agreed standards
- make sure safeguarding training and learning provision is responsive to local and national need
- continually develop a consistent approach to training and learning in Berkshire
- work flexibly to respond to the needs of the whole area and also to the individual needs of the boards it is serving.
Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)
The key purpose of CDOP is to take an overview of all child deaths (birth up to 18th birthday) within Berkshire. This excludes babies who are stillborn and planned terminations of pregnancies carried out within the law).
Chairs and Business Managers
This group aims to share good practice across Berkshire and to help develop new policies, in light of national developments, as agreed by LSCB chairs.