Welcome from the 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.
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: