Annual reports

Welcome to the Annual Report of the North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board (NSSCB) for the period April 2018 to March 2019. Last year’s report discussed the forthcoming changes to multi-agency safeguarding arrangements. These changes, as outlined in the Children and Social Work Act 2017, mean that this will be my final report.

This report, which reflects the activity of the Board and its sub-groups provides details on our work over the past year.  As we mentioned last year, we have chosen not to duplicate information already reported. We invite you to make use of the Board’s, and our partner's, websites for more detailed information.

For 2018/19, we chose to keep and progress our priorities from the previous year:

  1. Early Intervention
  2. Neglect
  3. Sexual Exploitation/Missing
  4. Domestic Abuse

The development of these priorities is detailed in our Strategic Business Plan below. 

Unfortunately, the Board has been without a Board Manager throughout this reporting period. This has had an impact on our ability to develop and plan. That said, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Board Co-ordinator in ensuring that we continued to function in difficult times. It has proven, once again, that public services have faced increasing challenges due to budget restrictions.

The action plans made in response to two Serious Case Reviews (SCR’s) undertaken in 2017/18 are now available. We have published the learning from these SCR's on the NSPCC SCR database. We have also added them into the front line practice across North Somerset.

I would like to thank all the professionals, lay members, and the young people who have contributed to the work of the Board and its subgroups. Despite many challenges, their time, energy and commitment to Safeguarding Children has remained.

I am confident that North Somerset is well placed to introduce and develop the new arrangements with partners. We will continue to safeguard our children and young people who are at the very centre of what we do. I will retain a keen interest in these arrangements. I wish you all well.

Tony Oliver

Independent Chair - North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board

Partner organisation annual reports

Designated Officer for Allegations annual reports

Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)

The Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) is a statutory multi-agency partnership who review all all child deaths in North Somerset.

Their role is to look at the circumstances around the death and identify areas of improvement. They will also make multi-agency recommendations for future developments and prevention.