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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.

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.

HSCB members are senior representatives from a range of agencies including:

Name Agency
Stuart Ashley Children’s Services, Hampshire County Council
Dr Sallie Bacon Public Health, Hampshire County Council
Dr Steve Bailey Independent Schools
Derek Benson Independent Chair, HSCB
Glenn Bowyer Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Tom Browning National Probation Service
Cynthia Condliffe West Hampshire CCG (5CCG)
Claire Cox Lay Member, HSCB
Steve Crocker Children’s Services, Hampshire County Council
Graham Cull Lay Member, HSCB
Craig Dibdin Hampshire Constabulary
Ali Foss Post-16 Colleges
Ruth Hillman Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Bob Jackson District / Borough / City Councils
Kim Jones West Hampshire CCG (5CCG)
Dr Simon Jones West Hampshire CCG (5CCG)
Jo Lappin Adult Services, Hampshire County Council
Sue Lee Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board
Trish LeFlufy Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Caz Maclean Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Councillor Keith Mans Hampshire County Council
Tony Markham Primary Schools
Ellen McNicholas West Hampshire CCG (5CCG)
Karen Nye Education and Inclusion, Hampshire County Council
Sonia O’Donnell Special Schools
Melanie Pearce Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company
Camilla Pearse Lay Member, HSCB
Trish Dennison NHS England
Andrew Robinson Winchester Diocese
Barbara Swyer Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company
Catherine Rendle Action Hampshire
Jayne Shelbourne-Barrow Hampshire and IOW Youth Offending Team, Hampshire County Council
Nathan Ditton Armed Services
Julia Vincent Secondary Schools
Tim Jackson Education, Post-16