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2.2.1 The HSCB Groups


This chapter was updated in September 2015 to reflect changes in the groups, which support the HSCB system.

This chapter is currently under review.

In response to the requirements in the statutory guidance 'Working Together to Safeguard Children', Hertfordshire HSCB has developed and put in place the following arrangements:

  • HSCB Strategic Board: senior managers in each agency set the overall strategy for the LSCB, oversee the annual business plan and allocate resources to meet key targets (chaired by an independent person);
  • Child Death Overview Panel: aims to identify and review trends surrounding child deaths in order that recommendations can be made to address and improve the education of agencies and the public in order to try to prevent further occurrences;
  • Improving Outcomes Group: draws from the work of the Data Group and analyse the data provided. It identifies operational priorities and maintains a register of issues to monitor and follow up progress;
  • Audit Group: taking forward multi agency and single agency audits for measuring the quality of inter-agency safeguarding work;
  • Performance Group: aims to establish collect, collate and analyse appropriate performance management information in relation to safeguarding children;
  • Policy and Procedures Group: develops effective policies and procedures to underpin joined up working to safeguard children;
  • Learning and Development Group: produces and oversees the annual multi-agency training programme and links closely with the wider Children's Trust workforce strategy;
  • Serious Case Review Panel: is a group of senior managers who are consulted whenever an agency considers a serious case review should be undertaken - usually following the death or serious injury of a child;
  • Strategic Safeguarding Adolescents Group: is a subgroup carrying out work in relation to Child Sexual Exploitation and Missing Children;
  • Multi-Agency Safeguarding Forums: Were set up to help facilitate practitioners getting together at a local level to problem solve, implement audit, partnership and serious case review recommendations, share organisational changes, promote local networks and to be a conduit for the HSCB to escalate local partnership issues.