What is the Wakefield and District Safeguarding Children Board?
The Safeguarding Children Board is a partnership of all of the relevant statutory, voluntary and community agencies involved in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of Wakefield’s children and young people. Safeguarding Children Boards are not part of a council’s social care department, although the social care department will always be a key partner and member of the Safeguarding Children Board.
The Safeguarding Children Board is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant children’s organisations in Wakefield cooperate to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people’s and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.
The Wakefield and District Safeguarding Children Board exists to safeguard and promote the welfare of all Wakefield’s children and young people. It does this by:
- Co-ordinating the safeguarding work of member agencies
- Monitoring, evaluating and when necessary challenging the effectiveness of the work
- Advising on ways to improve safeguarding performance
In order to:
- Protect children and young people from maltreatment
- Prevent impairment of their health and development
- Ensure that they grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Enable them to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully
The Wakefield and District Safeguarding Children Board strives to keep children and young people in the Wakefield District safe from harm.
See the links below for more information about the work of the Wakefield and District Children's Safeguarding Board.
Concerned about a child's safety?
If you have concerns about a child's safety or well-being you should contact Social Care Direct, they will deal with your concerns and can offer advice and support on what to do.
Social Care Direct is a free and confidential phone line, open 24 hours a day. Members of the public can make anonymous referrals, please call 0845 8 503 503.