Overview of the NSCB

Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how organisations will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do. Its work crosses the boundaries between the statutory, voluntary and independent and is proactive in driving forward the duty of all partner agencies in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

The work of the NSCB fits within the wider context of children's trust arrangements that aim to improve the overall wellbeing for all children.

The core objectives of the NSCB are to co-ordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in Newcastle; and to ensure the effectiveness of what the member organisations do individually and together. The Board is accountable to the Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council for ensuring the effectiveness of what is done by the Board and its partners to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.

The NSCB produces an annual business plan, setting out its work plan for the forthcoming year, relevant management information on child protection activity during the course of the previous year; and progress against the previous year’s plan. The NSCB Business Plan contributes to and derives from the framework of the Newcastle Children and Young People's Plan and is endorsed by senior managers from each of the main constituent agencies.

The NSCB publishes local child protection procedures and practice guidance, to advise agencies and professionals in the city how the inter-agency arrangements should be carried out in working with children and their families.

You can also visit the national website for LSCBs.