The Sub-groups of the MSCB

MSCB Executive / Leadership Group
The Executive is a smaller focus group of MSCB representatives led by the Independent Chair of the MSCB, who's aim is to drive and deliver the work priorities of the MSCB.

QualityAssurance and Performance Improvement this subgroup ensures there is consistent, rigorous and open approach to effective monitoring and performance management through scrutiny of performance data and co-ordination of multi-agency case file audits.

Policy and Procedures
This virtual subgroup is responsible for developing and overseeing the development of Multi Agency safeguarding policies and working practices to ensure professionals and organisations adopt a multi agency approach to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Learning and Development
This group’s priorities are to scope the requirement for single and multi agency training on safeguarding issues and to organise and facilitate that training across the partner agencies.

Safeguarding Practice Development Group
Through the 3 district safeguarding fora, local safeguarding issues are considered and information is shared via a practitioner based network.

Child Death Overview Panel
One of the LSCB functions, set out in Regulation 6 of the Local Safeguarding
Children Boards Regulations 2006, in relation to the deaths of any children normally
resident in their area is as follows:

(a) collecting and analysing information about each death with a view to identifying -
(i) any case giving rise to the need for a review mentioned in Regulation 5(1)(e);
(ii) any matters of concern affecting the safety and welfare of children in the area of the authority; and
(iii) any wider public health of safety concerns arising from a particular death or from a pattern of deaths in that area.
(b) putting in place procedures for ensuring that there is a co‑ordinated response by the authority, their Board partners and other relevant persons to an unexpected death.
The Child Death Overview Panel meets to review these deaths, analysing data collected by the CDOP Officer. This panel can make recommendations to agencies on how to implement learning from this data.

Serious Case Review Sub Group
This group considers the circumstances of deaths and critical incidents which meet the criteria within Chapter 8 Working Together to Safeguard Children, for consideration of a serious case review.
Regulation 5 of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations 2006143 requires
LSCBs to undertake reviews of serious cases. They should be undertaken in
accordance with the processes set out in this chapter. The same criteria apply to all
children, including those with a disability144.

Regulation 5 sets out that:

(1) The functions of a LSCB in relation to its objective (as defined in section 14(1) of the Act) are as follows –
(e) undertaking reviews of serious cases and advising the authority and their Board
partners on lessons to be learned.
(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1) (e) a Serious Case Review is one where –
(a) abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected; and
(b) either –
(i) the child has died; or
(ii) the child has been seriously harmed and there is cause for concern as to the
way in which the authority, their Board partners or other relevant persons have
worked together to safeguard the child.

Alternatively this group can recommend the reviewing of procedures and also request management reviews or task & finish groups to look at specific areas of learning. This group is also responsible for the quality assurance of Serious Case Reviews before they are submitted to the DfE and the National Panel.

Information on referring a case in for consideration by the SCR Sub-group is contained in the SCR Sub-group Referral Pathway.
The pathway has been developed by the membership of the group to reach as many professionals as possible across the City of Manchester whose work brings them into contact with children and young people, or adults who are carers, with a view to ensuring that cases with the potential of learning are not missed.
A copy of the pathway is available here