MKSB is a statutory body created under the Children Act 2004. Section 14 of the Children Act 2004 sets out the objectives of LSCBs, 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.
Regulation 5 of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations 2006 sets out that the functions of the LSCB, are as follows:
Develop policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in Milton Keynes, including policies and procedures in relation to:
The action to be taken where there are concerns about a child’s safety or welfare, including thresholds for intervention
Training of people who work with children or in services affecting the safety and welfare of children
Recruitment and supervision of people who work with children
Investigations of allegations concerning people who work with children
Safety and welfare of children who are privately fostered
Cooperation with neighbouring children’s services authorities and their Board partners
Communicate to people and organisations in Milton Keynes the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, raising their awareness of how this can best be done and encouraging them to do so.
Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by the authority and their Board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advising them on ways to improve
Participate in the planning of services for children in Milton Keynes
Undertake reviews of serious cases and child deaths and advise the authority and their Board partners on lessons to be learned.
Publish an annual report on the effectiveness of child safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in Milton Keynes
Provide challenge to ensure that there is a comprehensive, effective and adequately