Welcome from the independent chair

LSCB Independent Chair

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:


Board Membership

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 Arrangements

September 2019 introduction of new Multi agency safeguarding arrangements

In 2015 the government commissioned Alan Wood  to lead on a review of LSCBs. The review was completed in March 2016.

The government agreed with the findings of the review and passed the Children and Social Work Act 2017. Section 30 of the Act removes the requirement to have LSCBs and Section 16 – 23 requires 3 key partners ( local authority, police and CCGs) to  develop and publish local safeguarding arrangements.

The 3 key partners have developed the new arrangements after wider consultations with other partners and stakeholders and published these on 28 June 2019 for implementation on 1st September 2019. 

Updated child death review arrangements for Southwark, Lambeth and Bromley

In July 2018 a revised version of Working Together to Safeguard Children was published. In October 2018 they published an additional document for the child death review process entitled Child Death Review Statutory and Operational Guidance(referred to hereafter as Operational Guidance). These two statutory documents lay out in detail the processes that must be followed when a child dies. There is also Transitional guidance that accompanies Working Together.

This guidance requires Child Death Review Partners (Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Authorities) to agree and publish their new arrangements for child death reviews by 29th  June 2019. They should notify NHSE of the new arrangements by emailing england.cypalignment@nhs.net by that date. Following the submission of the plan for their new arrangements, CDR partners then have until 29th  September 2019 to implement their new arrangements.

The following template is intended as a guide for CDR partners to use to submit details of their arrangements for child death reviews.



Minutes and Meeting Dates 2019




23 May 2019


10 July 2019


25 September 2019


27 November 2019


Minutes 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


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


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


Minutes 2017


Minutes 2016





Terms of Reference

Business Plans

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:

Annual Reports