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Request for Correlation between the Local Authority and the Children's Safeguarding Board

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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,

As the Local Safeguarding Children's Board are "deemed" unable to provide me with information concerning Serious Case Reviews incorporating the "Learning Together Methodology by SCIE could you please provide the following information:

1) As the LSCB is responsible for commissioning a Serious Case Review what checks do you undertake to ensure as a Local Authority an LSCB meets the LA's obligations, i.e evidence to substantiate what has been stated so that the public can have absolute trust regarding information published in Serious Case Reviews to ensure "lessons will be learnt"?

2) How do you quality assure the information contained within Serious Case Reviews?

3) Does a "SCIE" Lead Reviewer commissioned by an LSCB using the "Learning Together Methodology" have to be fully accredited before being considered as an "Independent Reviewer" undertaking a death involving a child?

4) As a "Public Authority" what measures do you take to ensure the accuracy in Serious Case Reviews?

4) Please provide the names of "accredited" SCIE Reviewers used not only on one occasion but used on more than one occasion within Brighton and Hove and use the methodology "Learning Together" before undertaking a Child's Serious Case Review.

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Please find set out below the information in response to the above
request:

 

As the Local Safeguarding Children's Board are "deemed" unable to provide
me with information concerning Serious Case Reviews incorporating the
"Learning Together Methodology by SCIE could you please provide the
following information:

 

1) As the LSCB is responsible for commissioning a Serious Case Review
what  checks do you undertake to ensure as a Local Authority an LSCB meets
the LA's obligations, i.e evidence to substantiate what has been stated so
that the public can have absolute trust regarding information published in
Serious Case Reviews to ensure "lessons will be learnt"? The Local
Safeguarding Children’s Board is an independent body and as such has no
“obligations” to the Local Authority.

 

2) How do you quality assure the information contained within Serious Case
Reviews? The Local Authority do not quality assure the work of the LSCB
given this is an independent body. 

 

3) Does a "SCIE" Lead Reviewer commissioned by an LSCB using the "Learning
Together Methodology" have to be fully accredited before being considered
as an "Independent Reviewer" undertaking a death involving a child? This
question relates to activity of the LSCB not the Local Authority so unable
to comment.

 

4) As a "Public Authority" what measures do you take to ensure the
accuracy in Serious Case Reviews?  Working Together 2016 outlines the
responsibilities for undertaking SCRs rest with LSCBs – this is not a
function of the Local Authority

 

5) Please provide the names of "accredited" SCIE Reviewers used not only
on one occasion but used on more than one occasion within Brighton and
Hove and use the methodology "Learning Together" before undertaking a
Child's Serious Case Review.  The Local Authority does not commission or
undertake Serious Case Reviews so does not hold this information.

 

 

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Dear Freedom Of Information,

Can you please confirm what a Local Authority's role is with regard to a Local Safeguarding Children's Board and vice versa. Recent responses from Brighton and Hove City Council have stated that an LSCB is not a local authority but provide a pivotal role in Safeguarding Children within a Local Authority and yet are exempt from any Freedom of Information requests.

Yours sincerely,

Lisa Birchall

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Freedom Of Information, Brighton and Hove City Council

Please find set out below the information in response to the above
request:

 

 

Can you please confirm what a Local Authority's role is with regard to a
Local Safeguarding Children's Board and vice versa. Recent responses from
Brighton and Hove City Council have stated that an LSCB is not a local
authority but provide a pivotal role in Safeguarding Children within a
Local Authority and yet are exempt from any Freedom of Information
requests.

 

Function and purpose of a Local Safeguarding Children’s Board is detailed
here
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...

Role of a Local Authority is as a member of the LSCB.

 

LSCBs are separate statutory bodies in their own right and are therefore
not a public authority subject to Freedom of Information requests.

 

 

 

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