Welcome to the Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board
The Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is a statutory partnership with lead responsibility for coordinating and scrutinising the effectiveness of what is done locally to improve safeguarding outcomes for children and young people and promoting the welfare of children in Lambeth.
The LSCB is currently running a Child Sexual Exploitation campaign, please support it!
All children and young people, from any background, can be vulnerable to being exploited. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness and help parents and carers:
• Spot the signs that a child might be sexually exploited or at risk
• Understand when and how to report a concern
• Get help if they think a child is at risk of CSE
How can you help?
Please display and distribute the below information leaflet for parents, carers and families which covers key points about Child Sexual Exploitation.
- Cover the campaign on your website and/or newsletter, tweet and retweet #LambethAgainstCSE
- Always consider the risk of CSE when undertaking an assessment, especially if there are other concerns such as possible gang affiliation, going missing or involvement in serious youth violence
- Ask appropriate questions and engage families in discussion about CSE in a sensitive and non-judgmental manner
What is Safeguarding Children?
Safeguarding children is about protecting children and young people under 18 from harm and promoting their well-being. It is something that everyone needs to know about. All children and young people have the right to live in safety, without emotional cruelty, neglect, violence, or sexual abuse.
If you are concerned about a child or young person who is under the age of 18 and you feel they are being abused or at risk of abuse from another person, you should seek help for them.
Dealing with allegations or concerns about abuse can be very difficult and distressing for everyone involved. Deciding what the right thing is to do can be stressful. If you are not sure what to do, you should always seek advice.
What is the Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)?
Every local authority has to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) for their area. The LSCB makes sure that all organisations work together effectively to promote the safety of children and young people in Lambeth. The Board meets six times a year and the meeting is chaired by an independent person.
The Board is made up of senior people from Lambeth children social care, schools, the police, health, probation, voluntary and community sector and a few others organisations.
Report a concern
If you think a child is at risk of being abused or neglected or if someone is neglecting or abusing you, please contact Lambeth Children’s Social Care on 020 7926 5555 (24 hours).
If you are a professional, please follow up with a Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF).
In an emergency call the Police on 999.
If you would prefer to contact someone other than Lambeth Council, there are charities that can offer advice and support:
For adults concerned about a child, contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
For children and young people, contact Childline on 0800 1111. Childline is a free and confidential service.
Contact the LSCB for general enquiries
Address: Olive Morris House, 18 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RD
Tel: 020 7926 4881