As the Independent Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) in Bracknell Forest, I am delighted that the Ofsted inspection of the LSCB published today has recognised the strength of partnership working and the effectiveness of the LSCB and has graded it as “Good”. The purpose of an LSCB is to monitor and co-ordinate the effectiveness of local partners safeguarding practice, both within and between organisations.
The report demonstrates that “the consistent board membership from a good range of agencies has enabled it to become a strong and critical friend to partners.” and reflects the culture of collective accountability and constructive challenge developed within the LSCB and its’ impact on improving children’s services.
I am also delighted that the separate inspection of Bracknell Forest Council has recognised the quality of leadership and practice undertaken with our most vulnerable children and, has given an overall judgement as “Good”. This inspection also recognises a number of areas of outstanding practice which is testimony to the commitment of elected members, senior leaders, managers and individual practitioners involved in children’s services who collectively provide such effective services for Bracknell’s children.
Alex Walters, Independent LSCB Chair