Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board (WFSCB)

Local authorities have a statutory duty, defined under Section 14 of the Children Act 2004, to have a local Safeguarding Children Board, which follows guidance from Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.

The two main purposes of the WFSCB are to:

  • coordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board, and
  • ensure strategies and actions are effective.

Responsibilities of representatives

The representatives of the WFSCB hold statutory partners to account for the work they undertake to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Waltham Forest.

Headteacher representatives on the Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board (WFSCB), and its subgroups, provide professional challenge and ensure voices of children are heard.

Current representatives for the WFSCB and sub groups.

Further Information

Full details of the work of WFSB


The WFSCB's three main priority areas are:

  • adolescents
  • child neglect, and
  • safeguarding in settings

Subgroups have been set up for each of these priority areas

  • Adolescents Safeguarding Strategic Group, works to ensure that all adolescents who experience risk receive a trauma informed, contextualised safeguarding approach, which meets their needs and reduces harm. This approach is one that understands and responds to the multi-faceted areas of risk, rather than separate processes for child sexual exploitation, harmful sexual behaviour, those who go missing, gang involvement, etc. This means all needs are addressed together rather than in a silo
  • Neglect, this group works to improve the identification of neglect as early as possible through a Think Family approach
  • Safeguarding in settings, works to build on, and maintain, the quality and effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements in the education, community, voluntary and faith sectors to help improve safeguarding outcomes for all children.


Last update: Thursday 26th of March 2020 12:40:56 PM