To support the work of the board, WSCB has eight sub-committees:

Business Group

Chair: David Peplow, Independent Chair, WSCB

Strategic Objective: To maintain oversight of progress of the board’s business plan.

Special Cases

Chair: Peter Sidebotham, Designated Doctor for Child Protection

Strategic Objective: To ensure that sound processes for reviewing all child deaths in Warwickshire are in place in Warwickshire and conducting Serious Case reviews ensuring lessons arising from these and other reviews are disseminated, as appropriate, across the multi-agency network.


Chair: Craig Dicken, Equalities and Safeguarding Nuneaton and Bedworth District Council.

Strategic Objective: To ensure there is effective multi-agency training in place in Warwickshire that promotes a shared understanding of the tasks, processes, principles, roles and responsibilities outlined in national guidance and local arrangements for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare, in order to achieve better outcomes for children and young people in Warwickshire.  To evaluate the suitability and effectiveness of children’s safeguarding provided by partner agencies to their staff.

Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation

Chair: Nigel Minns, Head of Service Learning and Achievement WCC.

Strategic Objective: To ensure that the Safeguarding Board has in place sound mechanisms for monitoring, evaluating and auditing safeguarding activity by partner agencies, and ensuring that improvements are made to deliver better outcomes for children.

Systems, Procedures and Guidelines

Chair: Sarah Harris, Principal Children and Families Social Worker, WCC.

Strategic Objective: To take major responsibility for preparing and updating WSCB Inter-agency Child Protection Procedures and advise on and monitor the development of guidelines and procedures by WSCB partner agencies to safeguard children.

Schools, Learning and Education

Chair: Louise Mohacsi, Headteacher St. Nicholas Cof E Primary School Kenilworth.

Strategic Objective: To ensure that specific issues relating to schools and other education providers are addressed and brought to the attention of the full board and or other sub-committees as appropriate, and that the board’s priorities and learning are shared across the education system.  This is achieved through broad representation from local authority and independent schools and providers on the sub-committee.

Child Death Overview Panel

Chair: Cornelia Heaney, WSCB Development Manager

Strategic Objective: The panel will collect and analyse information about every child’s death to identify any learning and will recommend any changes or improvements to services for children that might prevent similar deaths in the future.  Any recommendations made are passed on to the organisations that are responsible for planning and managing services for children locally, as well as to other relevant agencies.

CSE, Missing and Trafficking

Chair: Steve Quinn, Warwickshire Police

Strategic Objective: To provide strategic oversight on behalf of the Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board in regards to strategy for child sexual exploitation, children missing from home, school and care and child trafficking.  Specifically this includes:

  • Ensuring child sexual exploitation, children missing from home, school and care and child trafficking services safeguard children and young people as victims or those at risk of exploitation or trafficking.  
  • Providing strategic oversight, scrutiny and direction for services.
  • Establishing, developing and maintaining partnership policies, procedures and guidance in response to CSE, Missing Children and trafficking. 
  • Identifying and addressing barriers to multi-agency working and ensuring children are safeguarded.
  • Challenging services to ensure robust and innovative services.
  • Monitoring performance of services through collation and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Driving improvements to services through the CSE Strategy and Action Plan

The sub-committee will also consider methods for identifying good practice and where necessary drive improvements in practice.

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