The Association of Independent LSCB Chairs is the national membership organisation for Independent Chairs of Local Safeguarding Children Boards. Its Vision is to Improve Safeguarding Outcomes for Children, through supporting and strengthening Independent LSCB Chairs and LSCB Partnerships. More information About Us 

Its cohort is made up of approximately 100 Independent LSCB Chairs operating across 146 LSCBs in England (some chair more than one Board). There is collaboration with colleagues from equivalent structures in Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Independent LSCB Chairs come from a variety of professional backgrounds including police, social work, law, health and public administration. The Association is underpinned by a regional infrastructure of nine regional groups. Each Chair is invited to join the regional group, appropriate to the location of their LSCB.

Priorities

  • To influence the implementation of the CSW Act and related guidance
  • To deliver a successful and inclusive national conference in November
  • To sustain support for members
  • To collate, influence and disseminate new models for local partnerships
  • To develop the Association for the future
  • To ensure there is a paramount emphasis on the continuing robust safeguarding of children and young people

Assumptions
  • That there is merit in a national network for those involved in leading local safeguarding arrangements – this can be a wider pool that current LSCB chairs
  • Peer support and sector-led improvement will continue to be key drivers
  • Existing networks are not always focused on multi-agency and multi-professional perspectives
  • That support for those exercising an independent or challenge role is necessary and valuable
  • That there is value in collating and exchanging information and expertise
  • That this expertise can, and should, contribute to both policy and implementation, and can influence others in the interest of children and effective safeguarding
  • That there are sufficient common interests across other safeguarding and public protection agendas to support wider networks of individuals and interests
  • That AILC has been a success and seeks to have a positive legacy