Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
I am making a request under the relevant freedom of information laws.
1) Under the information set out by Wirral Children's safeguarding board, would it be expected that a child displaying self harming behaviours and who was reported to be a suicidal risk by professionals would be deemed to be a "child at risk of harm" for the purposes of the children's Act 1988?
2) have any members of Wirral children's safeguarding board (past or present) ever been the subject of a complaint for their failure to take action when there were potential safeguarding issues concerning a child for whom they were responsible for in their particular role or employment?
3) has any member of Wirral Children's safeguarding board ever reported to the board or anyone in a position of authority threatening or abusive behaviour from a parent where there is responsibility to safeguard children within the family, in particular where the child within the family is known to be self harming and displaying suicidal behaviours?
4) If a member of Wirral Children's safeguarding board had such knowledge of a child who was at risk of harm and failed to report the matter in a timely manner to the detriment of the child, would that member be permitted to continue with their position on the board advising others on procedural matters?
5) has any member of Wirral Children's safeguarding board knowingly permitted a child to fail to attend at school for a period of time without raising concerns about the child to the Authority as would be expected to safeguard the child?
6) Has any member of Wirral children's safeguarding board who knowingly permitted a child to remain absent from school for a prolonged period of time without reporting such absence, later informed the Authority that it was known during the period of absence that the child was indeed suicidal at that point in time?
Mrs Susan Peacock
Dear Mrs Peacock
Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information
Wirral Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) does not hold any of the
requested information about individual board members and it would be
beyond our remit to do so.
The WSCB exists to ensure that agencies work together effectively to
safeguard children and it doesn’t focus on individual cases except those
it is statutorily required to do (such as Serious Case Reviews). The
statutory membership of the WSCB is defined in Section 13 of the Children
Act 2004 and each member organisation is responsible for ensuring an
appropriately senior person represents them on the Board. Members of the
WSCB are employed by their home agency and accountable to them for
professional decisions made in respect of individual children.
As a general principle the WSCB would expect all professionals to always
act in the best interests of children and to always follow the Board’s
published safeguarding procedures if they felt a child was not safe.
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