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Merton Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB)

Children who may be at risk of harm can only be safeguarded properly if local agencies work well together Safeguarding children is everyone’s business.

From this page you can learn about the MSCB and its responsibilities, its business plan, decisions, local child protection policies and procedures, training, publications and links to other relevant websites and good practice in child protection and safeguarding.

The MSCB pages are open to everyone interested in keeping children and young people in Merton safe from harm. They have been written primarily for local agencies, schools and practitioners and their managers but will also be of interest to Merton residents. Separate pages are being developed for young people, parents and the local community.

If you are worried about a child and want to know what to do

The MSCB web pages are currently being updated, if you have a query which is not answered in these pages, please contact the MSCB Support Team - September 2015

The Merton Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) is the statutory multi-agency forum for agreeing how local child protection services are planned, delivered and monitored in the borough. The Board is chaired by an Independent person and has members from local services and lay people who represent the local community. MSCB Membership

It works closely with other strategic partnerships such as the Health and Well Being Board and the Merton Children’s Trust.  The MSCB, however, holds the lead responsibility for co-ordinating and monitoring multi-agency safeguarding for children and young people.

The MSCB works to a rolling Annual Business Plan based on the agreed priorities for keeping children and young people safe in Merton.

In 2016 – 18 these include:

  1. Think Family – to support children and adults in our most vulnerable families to reduce risk and ensure improved outcomes.
    • (Trigger Trio: Parental mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse, parents with learning difficulties)
  2. Supporting Vulnerable Adolescents – adolescence is a time of significant change for all young people.
    • (Child Sexual Exploitation, CAMH including self-harm, preventing violent extremism and radicalisation, Serious Youth Violence)
  3. Early Help – To develop an early help system that is responsive and effectively prevents escalation of concerns.
    • (Embedding MASH Review, refreshing Merton Well-Being Model, reviewing our Early Help offer)

The MSCB is responsible for agreeing local child protection procedures (in Merton, these will usually be the London Safeguarding Children Board procedures; guidance in our Procedures section will show how these operate locally)

The Board is also responsible for monitoring the performance of local agencies’ arrangements for safeguarding children as set out in section 11 of the Children Act 2004

The Board has a duty to ensure that there is continual learning and improving in safeguarding through single agency and multi-agency case audits, case reviews and (when necessary) serious case reviews. There is a comprehensive Training Strategy and the MSCB provides an annual training programme.

In 2014/2015 the MSCB revised its Constitution and structure to meet its responsibilities. The constitution sets out how the board operates and will be reviewed regularly.

The Board meets a minimum of four times per year, more frequently if needed, and delegates detailed work to its Sub Groups

  • Quality Assurance
  • Learning and Development
  • Policy
  • Promote and Protect Children and Young People (which co-ordinates the multi-disciplinary work to protect the most vulnerable children and young people).

The Board also shares a Child Death Overview Panel and a HR (Safer Recruitment) Sub Group with Sutton SCB.

There is a Business Improvement Group which ensures that the work of the MSCB and its Annual Business Plan are being achieved satisfactorily.

The Board is separate from the operational services of the Council. It has a part-time Independent Chair, a Business Manager, Training and Development Manager and Board Administrators.

By using the links on the left you can find out more about the Board and its work and access child protection procedures, strategies and publications.

The MSCB does not provide a direct service to children if you are worried about a child do not contact the MSCB but refer the child and your concerns to the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub)

If you have any enquiry about the MSCB or its work please contact either your agency representative on the Safeguarding Children Board or us

Contact us

Merton SCB Administrators
Children, Schools and Families Department
Civic Centre
London Road
Tel: 020 8545 4866

This page was last updated on Monday 21 November 2016

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