Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board and its safeguarding partners are continuing to ensure that children and young people are safeguarded and protected across Bedford Borough during the Coronavirus outbreak. The Board will be seeking assurances that agencies are working together to protect frontline services, keep their staff safe and key services running.
While Bedfordshire Police, Bedford Borough Council Children’s Services and other safeguarding services may have to operate in slightly different ways, their focus is still firmly on protecting people and fighting crime, especially protecting the most vulnerable in Bedford Borough. They urge victims of crime, particularly of domestic or sexual abuse, to come forward despite the Coronavirus. They will listen and support victims and lock up those who cause harm to others.
See further information around the response to COVID-19 in Bedford Borough:
- Bedford Borough Council
- Bedfordshire Police
- VERU (Bedfordshire Violence and Exploitation Reduction unit)
- East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) – Child and Adult Mental Health Services
- Cambridgeshire Community Services – Adults' and Children's Community Health Services
- Bedfordshire Hospitals
- Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group - Responsible for planning and buying (or ‘commissioning’) NHS-funded healthcare.
Other useful links
Talking to children and young people about COVID - the Officer of the Children’s Commissioner has issued a children's guide to Coronavirus, which you may all find useful.
The Board has produced some guidance on how to keep children safe online
Via our online Pan Bedfordshire Inter-Agency Child Protection Procedures there is a link to an online COVID-19 Resource Centre which provides relevant information and relevant changes to key procedures.
Waltham Forest Council has produced the following video for volunteers who have safeguarding concerns in relation to vulnerable people they come in to contact with whilst volunteering:
If you are worried about a child, please contact:
Bedford Borough Children’s Services Integrated Front Door on 01234 718700 (office hours: 8.45am to 5.20pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45am to 4.20pm on Fridays)
If you urgently need help outside office hours you can contact Social Care Emergency Duty Team on 0300 300 8123
Bedfordshire Police on 101 or in an emergency 999.
Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board Independent Chair
We want to make sure children and young people feel safe and cared for in Bedford Borough.
Working Together 2018 sets out requirements for new collaborative working arrangements for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and families which will lead to improved outcomes and experiences. The new arrangements in Bedford Borough will still be named the Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board (BBSCB).
The Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board’s new Multi Agency Safeguarding Arrangements (MASAs) were published on 30 May 2019 and will be implemented from September 2019.
The MASA sets out the arrangements for safeguarding partners to work together with other agencies to identify and respond to the needs of children in Bedford Borough and the three safeguarding partners Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire Police and the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group have equal and joint responsibility for local safeguarding arrangements.
With the requirements of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 the responsibility for ensuring that Child Death Reviews are carried out when a child dies will move from LSCBs to Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) please see this statement from Bedfordshire CCG (Word).
Report a safeguarding concern
View our page on reporting a safeguarding concern.
Safeguarding Children Board
We want to make sure that children and young people feel safe and cared for in Bedford Borough.
By law every local authority must have a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) looking after the safety of children and young people in their area. Ours is called the Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board.
Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board is made up of local multi agency representatives. Our role is to ensure that local agencies provide the best possible services for safeguarding children and the young people of Bedford Borough by ensuring:
- Our community is fully aware of what safeguarding measures which include child protection we have in place for all children up to 18 years old, including unborn babies
- Our practitioners including paid and unpaid get access to information on inter-agency procedures, training courses including e-learning, national guidance and local guidance and useful links and resources.
Find out more about our board and its work in:
- the Working Together to Safeguard Children guide (PDF)
- BBCSB Strategic Plan 2021 - 2023 to keep children and young people in Bedford Borough safe. (Word)
- BBCSB Annual report 2020/21 (PDF)
- Serious Case Reviews
Our aim for this site is to provide a useful resource for the community of Bedford Borough whether you are a practitioner, child or young person, parent or carer. We want you to find this site helpful in supporting, providing you with information and keeping you appraised of the changing world of safeguarding children.
If you have any suggestions on how to improve the information we provide, please contact us by telephone on 01234 276512 or email us on email@example.com and let us know what other information would be helpful to you.
We hope that children and young people, families and communities will use the website as well as practitioners working with children and young people.
Contact the Safeguarding Children Board
Tel: 0300 300 6676