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

Business Group
Chair: Position outstanding, previously held by 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.

Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation
Chair: Position outstanding, previously chaired by 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: Chris Malone, Head of Service, Education and Learning WCC
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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