My name is Mark Peel and it is my pleasure to confirm that I have recently taken over from my predecessor Andrew Christie as the new Independent Chair of the Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). Following Andrew into this role sets a considerable challenge for me! As his extensive experience and diligence as your Independent Chair, has certainly moved Lambeth on and enhanced safeguarding for every young person and child in the Borough. But this is a challenge I am delighted to accept, and I can only thank Andrew for his time and advice in handing responsibilities over to me.

I am presently Independent Chair of the Leeds Safeguarding Partnership (LSCP) and will continue to hold this role through to the end of my term there in late 2019. So I have some experience and insight into what the role of Independent Chair entails. But much more importantly, my orientation to safeguarding is that every child and young person deserves the best possible start in life they can get, an opportunity to fulfil their potential and the right to be supported by all of us, charged with a responsibility for safeguarding, as unique individuals with both needs and strengths. If you start from this basis then a, ‘one size fits all’ reactive model of safeguarding simply won’t do, and what attracted me to apply for the role here in Lambeth is the commitment the Borough has already made; to putting the child at the centre of safeguarding practice.

I have more than thirty years experience of multi-agency partnership working, and it is my fundamental belief that it is only when we bring the ‘joined up’ expertise to safeguarding that we truly work at our best. Whether you’re professional background is in health, the police, education, social work, the tertiary sector or indeed any of the wide range of services that contribute to safeguarding, your experience, expertise and professional perspective has value and should be respected and reconciled in determining what is the best we can achieve to safeguard all our children and, where we need to be more directly involved with families, what is the best we can do for children individually.

I look forward to working with you.

Best wishes
Dr Mark Peel
Independent Chair, Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board

Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is the 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 Board’s core objectives are as set out in section 14(1) of the Children Act 2004 as follows:

  • to co-ordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area, and
  • to ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for those purposes.

Please find the LSCB Strategy 2017 - 2020 here:


Welcome from the independent chair
LSCB Independent Chair

The following organisations are represented on the Board:

  • Lambeth Council - Children’s Social Care and Early Help; Adult Social Care, Housing, Community Safety / Youth Offending Service and Education
  • Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • School Head Teacher representatives
  • Metropolitan Police Lambeth and the Metropolitan Police Child Abuse Investigation Team
  • Lambeth & Wandsworth National Probation Service Cluster and Lambeth Community Rehabilitation, London Probation Trust
  • Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
  • The Voluntary and Community sector
  • Lay Members
Board Membership

Minutes and Meeting Dates 2018





Rosendale Primary School, Rosendale Road, London SE21 8LR


St Annes R C Primary School, 6 Durham St, London SE11 5JA


Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RW, room TH1-16


Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RW, room TH1-16

12th September 2018  


 Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RW, Basement room 6

28th November 2018


 Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RW, Basement room 6


Minutes 2017


Minutes 2016





Board Meetings
Terms of Reference

Each year the Board agrees its strategic plan. This became a statutory duty on the Board when the Care Act 2014 came into force. The strategic plans for each year can be found below:

Business Plans
Strategic Plan
Annual Reports
Annual Report