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Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) is the key statutory body overseeing multi-agency child safeguarding arrangements across Hampshire (excluding Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight, which have their own Boards). The work of the HSCB is governed by statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.

Section 14 of the Children Act 2004 sets out the statutory objectives of Local Safeguarding Children Boards, which are:

  • To coordinate 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; and
  • To ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for those purposes.

How the Board works

Everything we do is underpinned by two key principles:

  • Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility – for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part
  • A child centred approach – for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of the individual children whilst recognising the support parents and carers may require.

HSCB has an Independent Chair and members who are senior representatives from a range of agencies including:

  • 11 Borough/District Councils
  • Adult Services
  • Children’s Services
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company
  • Hampshire Constabulary
  • Hampshire Fire & Rescue
  • Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • National Probation Service
  • NHS England
  • Public Health
  • South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Winchester Diocese
  • Voluntary Sector

The Board is collectively responsible for the strategic oversight of local safeguarding arrangements. It does this by leading, coordinating, challenging and monitoring the delivery of safeguarding practice by all agencies across the county.

HSCB’s Independent Chair is Derek Benson who is accountable to the Chief Executive of Hampshire County Council. Derek works closely with the Chief Executive, Council Leader and the Director of Children’s Services on safeguarding related challenges.