The Somerset Safeguarding Children Board

The Somerset Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) is the statutory, multi-agency partnership with responsibility for coordinating, monitoring and challenging all activity relating to safeguarding children and young people living in Somerset. Safeguarding Children Board’s were set up as a result of the 2004 Children Act and are regulated by that law.

The SSCB is made up of a number of statutory partner agencies as follows:

  • Somerset County Council
  • Avon and Somerset Constabulary
  • Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS England
  • Community (lay) members
  • Community Rehabilitation Company
  • National Probation Service
  • District and Borough Councils
  • Somerset Youth Offending Service

Who chairs the SSCB?

Following national guidance, Somerset has an independent chairperson who has been chairing the Board since 2012.


How is the SSCB funded?

The SSCB is a partnership funded through financial contributions from the main partner agencies. Some agencies support the SSCB by other means such as hosting and financially contributing to posts, supporting the delivery of inter-agency training, and becoming engaged in the work of the SSCB subgroups. Further funding is achieved through the commissioning of SSCB child protection training by agencies.


SSCB Constitution updated December 2016

This constitution sets out the standards through which SSCB board members (including lay members), agencies, professionals and volunteers will understand their vital role in supporting children and young people to be safe, participate, enjoy and achieve a healthy lifestyle.

LSCBs have a statutory role: to ensure the effectiveness of the arrangements made by agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. To do this they need to be able to form a view of the quality of local activity and challenge as required, speaking where necessary with an independent voice. Their place in local governance arrangements needs to provide them with a clear and distinct identity. (Taken from DfES guidance – 4/405)

Working Together 2015 underpins the safeguarding work of all agencies across the partnership.

The work of the SSCB is broad and varied but includes:

  • Developing multi-agency policies and procedures for safeguarding
  • Participating in the strategic planning of children’s services
  • Communicating the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children to professionals and the public
  • Conducting Serious Case Reviews when a child dies or is seriously harmed and abuse or neglect is suspected
  • Ensuring procedures to ensure a coordinated response to unexpected child deaths
  • Collecting and analysing information about all child deaths that occur in the area to identify issues of concern
  • Providing multi-agency training and development to staff on safeguarding children
Helen MacDonaldBusiness Manager
Kate GreenwoodTraining Manager
Nicky AllenAudit Officer
Gemma VidakQuality Assurance Officer
Mel MundayAssociate Nurse (Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group)
Jennie RossSenior Business Unit Officer
Zoe HiettSenior Business Support Assistant
Sally KayBusiness Support Assistant

There are a number of important subgroups that carry out and monitor specific areas of the work of the SSCB. These include:

  • Quality and Performance
  • Learning and Improvement
  • Child Sexual Exploitation and Children Missing
  • Child Death Overview Panel
  • Health Advisory Group
  • Education Advisory Group

Membership of these groups is multi-agency. For further information see:

Annual Reports

pdf SSCB Annual Report 2016 -2017

The fifth annual report  published under Independent Chair, Sally Halls. This annual report provides an assessment of the performance and effectiveness of local services in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in Somerset during 2016-2017, as well as giving an account of the activities, development and impact of the Board in meeting its statutory responsibilities and playing its part in fulfilling the vision set out in the county’s children and young people’s plan that Somerset children are safe, healthy and cared for and have integrated support to meet their needs.

Neglect Strategy

 pdf  Somerset Neglect Strategy June 2017-June 2018

Somerset Safeguarding Children Board Strategy for tackling neglect. Published September 2017


Communication Strategy

Team Charter

Agency Membership

Business Plan 

CSE Subgroup Action Plans

     CSE Subgroup Action Plans 

CSE Subgroup Action Plans. Updated November 2016