North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report

Extract from: Annual Report 2015-2016 and Business Plan 2016-2019 (link to this year's Report)

­Introduction From Chair Of The North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board.

Welcome to this, the Annual Report of the North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board (NSSCB) for the period 2016 / 2017. Readers of previous NSSCB reports will note a change of style – the purpose being to make this report friendlier to read whilst still painting a picture of safeguarding Children and Young People activities across North Somerset.

The work of the Board’s sub-groups is a crucial part of our ability to deliver our strategic objectives as set out in our business plan. That work, which is reported in more detail within this report, is continually on-going. Without the commitment of sub-group members – all of whom are volunteers, the work of the Board would not be achievable.

During this reporting period, we have, unfortunately, needed our Serious Case Review (SCR) sub-group to meet on several occasions.

We have published one SCR (“Holly”) in July 2016 - further details are within the sub-group’s report, and work is ongoing on another two. Those reports will be published in due course.

I am particularly grateful for the work of the Young People’s Sub-group. The leadership shown by the two co-chairs – both of whom have moved onto higher education, has been inspirational. Their commitment and dedication set a high achievement bar for others to follow plus the work of their sub-group has helped the Board to identify and focus on our key safeguarding priorities of Neglect, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Exploitation and Missing.

Over the past 12 months the Safeguarding Children Board has developed closer working links with the North Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board. You will note in some of the sub-group reports that they are joint sub-groups. Working together in that way has enabled both Boards to develop working practices which offer opportunities to reduce duplication of work, reduce the number of meetings and offer a greater understanding of the links between vulnerable children and vulnerable adults.

The Board held its annual development day in February 2017 and the following key priorities were identified for the Board and its sub-groups to focus over the next three years. The Board’s vision was also agreed (as above).

Priority One Early Intervention
Priority Two Neglect
Priority Three Sexual Exploitation/Missing
Priority Four Domestic Abuse

Safeguarding the most vulnerable people in our communities is a responsibilith we all shoulder and share.  I offer my sincere thanks to all who contribute to the work of North Somerset's Board and also to all those within our communities who provide care and assistance in many other ways to those who need safeguarding.

The report details achievements made throughout the year and areas of challenge. This then feeds into the ‘next steps’.  

The key priorities are detailed in the Business Plan which can be found in Appendix 1.

There is a section within the appendices in relation to board attendance (Appendix 2).   As can be seen there are still some challenges to be overcome for regular meaningful attendance by some partners.  Accepting the difficulties that the requirement to attend numerous Boards across their areas, it is vital to ensure local children are safeguarded, that we have regular and appropriate attendance.                                                                                                               


Tony Oliver

Independent Chair, North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board

Other Partner Organisations Annual Reports

NSSCB Analysis 2017

Final DOfA Annual Report for NSSCB July 2017 JB version 2.pdf

W.O.E. CDOP Annual Report:


The Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) is a statutory multi-agency partnership which has the responsibility to review all deaths of children who ware normally resident in North Somerset.  It identifies any modifiable factors in the circumstances of the death and makes multi-agency recommendations for service improvement.