In addition to the core business and functions of the LSCB, we have decided, as a Board, to focus on some areas that require further or emerging focus and we have called these Particular Interests:
It is vital that we have a clear articulation of our Early Help arrangements and that we focus significant effort on prevention as opposed to the incidence of abuse.
Chaired by: John Barrett, Cumbria Children and Family Services
In addition to this being an area that demands our attention, suicide of a young person has been evident in previous Serious Case Reviews.
Chaired by: Dr Jane Mathieson, Public Health
We are aware that the impact of neglect can be a hugely damaging for children and young people. Practitioners working with children and families where neglect is a factor have told us that they would welcome practice guidance to enable them to develop their knowledge and skills in this aspect of their practice.
Chaired by: Walter McCulloch, Cumbria Children and Family Services
Child Sexual Exploitation can be a little known and underground activity which can take many forms from trafficking to use of social media. There is a clear link to the risk of CSE and children who go “Missing from Home”.
Chaired by: Deborah Royston, Cumbria Children and Family Services