Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Partnership

About Us

Sefton Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP) - Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements

Sefton Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP) is a statutory body established by the Children and Social Work Act (2017). SSCP replaced the previous Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). SSCP is a multi-agency partnership of organisations who agree how to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. SSCP is led by the three statutory safeguarding partners of the Local Authority, Merseyside Police and Sefton Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

National Changes to Local Safeguarding Children Boards

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) is statutory guidance.  The new guidance supports key changes put into law by The Children and Social Work Act 2017 which replaces LSCBs with new local safeguarding arrangements.

Sefton's Multi-agency Safeguarding Children Arrangements

The Safeguarding Partners are the Local Authority; Police and NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) operating in the Sefton area. These three Safeguarding Partners are charged with supporting and enabling local organisations and agencies to work together in a system where: 

  • children are safeguarded and their welfare promoted
  • partner organisations and agencies collaborate, share and co-own the vision for how to achieve improved outcomes for  vulnerable children
  • there is early identification and analysis of new safeguarding issues and emerging threads

Click here to view Sefton SCP -  Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements (Revised 2021)

Sefton Safeguarding Children Partnership Business Team:

Deborah Hughes, Sefton SCP Manager Tel. 0151 934 3366

Donna Atkinson, Sefton SCP Administrator & Communications Officer Tel. 0151 934 4706

Louise Roberts, Sefton SCP Learning & Development Officer Tel. 0151 934 3983

Sefton LSCB
5th Floor, St Peters House
L20 3AB

Sefton SCP Annual Report & Business Plan

Sefton Safeguarding Children Partnership Annual Report

Sefton SCP publishes an annual report on the effectiveness of child safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the local area.  

Please take time to read Sefton SCP's latest Annual Report 2020-21


Previous Sefton LSCB Annual Report


    Sefton SCP Business Plan 2022-2025

    Click to view Sefton SCP Business Plan 2022-2025

    “Every child and young person in Sefton should be able to grow up free from fear of abuse or neglect. We are committed to improving the safety of all children and young people in Sefton. If children are not safe, they cannot be healthy, happy, achieve or reach their full potential. We hold at the fore our obligation that keeping children safe is "everybody’s responsibility.”

    Sefton SCP's Business Plan sets out the strategic intent of Sefton in making its vision a reality. 

    Learning from Reviews / Serious Case Reviews

    Learning from Reviews

    Child protection is a complex multi-agency system with many different organisations and individuals playing their part. Reflecting on how well that system is working is critical as we constantly seek to improve our collective response to children and their families.

    Safeguarding reviews are undertaken to learn from past events and consolidate understanding about what is working well and what presents challenges to organisations, working with children and families in Sefton.  Central to all Sefton's reviews will be a focus on trying to understand the journey of events from the child's perspective.

    Sefton SCP has a sub group (Practice Review Group) which oversees and quality assures reviews undertaken by the partnership, and provides advice on whether the criteria for conducting a review have been met.

    Practice Review Group (PRG) receives cases referred in from agencies and decides whether a multi-agency review is recommended.  PRGs function is to improve inter-agency working.  Any case can be referred to PRG where an agency feels that multi-agency learning can be extracted or a case where good practice has been identified.  Reflective Review Procedure. If you wish to refer a case into PRG you can complete the Reflective Review Referral Form.

    Additional information and guidance in relation to reviews can be found in Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE).

    Sefton has published the following Serious Case Reviews (SCRs):
    March 2020
    Serious Case Review (SCR) - BEATRICE
    Click to access the SCR Report and Executive Summary
    highlighting the learning from the SCR (BEATRICE)
    October 2019
    Serious Case Review (SCR) - MATILDA
    Click to access the SCR Report
    highlighting the learning from the SCR (MATILDA)

    April 2019

    Serious Case Review (SCR) JANET

    Click to access the SCR Report

    See Sefton LSCB 7 minute briefing highlighting the learning from the SCR (JANET)

    March 2019

    Serious Case Review (SCR) CHARLIE

    Click to access the SCR Report and also an Executive Summary is available

    See Sefton LSCB 7 minute briefing highlighting the learning from the SCR (CHARLIE)

    July 2018

    Serious Case Review (SCR) MARTHA, MARY & BEN

    Click here to access the SCR report.

    Sefton LSCB 7 minute briefing highlighting the learning from the SCR (MARTHA, MARY & BEN)



    Learning & Improvement Framework (LIF)

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    Safeguarding Partnerships should maintain a local learning and improvement framework which is shared across local organisations who work with children and families. This framework should enable organisations to be clear about their responsibilities, to learn from experience and improve services as a result.

    Click to view the Sefton LIF


    Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)

    Merseyside CDOP

    Child Death Overview Panels (CDOP) analyses child deaths, aged from newborn up to eighteen years old and identifies any modifiable factors that could highlight areas for future improvement.

    Merseyside Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP), formed in April 2011, involves all five Merseyside LSCBs, Knowsley, Liverpool, St. Helens, Sefton and Wirral.

    The purpose of CDOP is to ensure a thorough comprehensive and multidisciplinary review of child deaths, to better understand how and why children in Merseyside die, and to use its findings to take action to prevent other deaths and improve the health and safety of our children.

    Merseyside CDOP have produced a leaflet for parents/carers explaining what CDOP does when a child dies.


    Further information on Merseyside CDOP, along with the published plan (2019) can be found on Liverpool Safeguarding Children Partnership's website link below.


    Contact Details

    CDOP Team
    Gerard Majella Courthouse
    Boundary Street
    L5 2QD

    Irene Wright, Merseyside CDOP Manager – 0151 233 1151
    Helen Fleming-Scott, Merseyside CDOP Administrator – 0151 233 5412




    SSCP Governance and Structure

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    Sefton SSCP Structure is currently under review

    LSCB Structure July 2020



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