The Bristol Safeguarding Children Board

The Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) was established in 2006. It is led by an Independent Chair, Sally Lewis, consists of local agencies and is supported by a Joint Safeguarding Business Unit. It meets in central Bristol once per quarter. Further pieces of specific work are undertaken by a number of sub groups.

The main function of Bristol Safeguarding Children Board is to co-ordinate and lead work on child protection within Bristol. In doing so BSCB provides policies and procedures to enable those working with children and young people to actively ensure that they are working to safeguard the welfare of those children and young people. These policies and procedures, once implemented, are also audited to ensure they are improving the quality of services to children and young people in Bristol. Visit the Professionals page for more information on policies.

Read the BSCB Terms of Reference and Constitution (2014) which outlines the purpose and governance of the Board.

You can also read our Privacy Notice which outlines what information we collect about you when you use our service, how we use that information and who we may share it with.

Information about other local partnerships that work in safeguarding can be found here. Download Bristol’s Children, Young People and Families Strategy 2016 to 2020, and see this diagram for related strategies.

Partner agencies of the BSCB

BSCB is made up of organisations and people working together to promote children's welfare and keep them safe. It includes Bristol City Council's Children and Young People's Services, the police, the probation service, the various primary and secondary (e.g. hospital services) NHS services, and a lay member to provide advice from the perspective of the public.


Bristol City Council

Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group

Avon & Somerset Constabulary

National Probation Service

Community Rehabilitation Company

Bristol Community Health

University Hospitals Bristol

North Bristol Trust

NHS England

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership

Avon Fire and Rescue

South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust


Integrate UK


Sub groups of the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board

The BSCB is supported a number of multi-agency sub groups that engage with specific pieces of work to help deliver our objectives. The structure of the Board and sub groups is found below.

There are also additional working groups that conduct ongoing specific pieces of work, or task groups to undertake discrete projects. These include; Female Genital Mutilation group; Children Missing from Home and Care group; Parental Substance Misuse group; Trafficking group.


Executive Group

The Executive Group is comprised of the Chairs of the sub groups and representatives of core partners to ensure that the Board objectives are being delivered.

BSCB Shadow Board

The Shadow Board is a reference group of children and young people from different forums in Bristol. It provides valuable input of young people’s perspective on safeguarding, receives reports on the work of the Board, and conducts additional safeguarding work. Visit the Shadow Board page for more information.

Quality and Performance Sub-Group.

The Quality and Performance sub group monitors the performance of a number of key safeguarding indicators to provide a picture of safeguarding across the city. This helps to identify trends and where there may be problems. It also conducts multi-agency audits to examine particular areas of interest.

Training and Development Sub-Group.

The training sub group monitors the delivery of safeguarding training across the city to ensure there is a well-developed workforce and that the right lessons are being learned. Visit the BSCB training page for more information on multi-agency training delivered by the BSCB.

Serious Case Review Sub-Group.

The SCR sub group monitors the action plans that arise from Serious Case Reviews. It also considers referrals for SCRs, and quality assures reports before approval by the Board. Visit the Serious Case Review page for more information.

Child Sexual Exploitation Sub-Group.

The CSE sub group coordinates the work being done to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation across the city.

Communications Sub-Group.

The Communications group ensures that the public and professionals are aware of the work of the BSCB, and raises the profile of safeguarding in Bristol.

Education Sub-Group.

The Education sub group is comprised of Education professionals to coordinate safeguarding work in Education settings. 

Health Sub-group.

The Health sub group is comprised of Health professionals to coordinate safeguarding work in Health settings.

Joint Safeguarding Business Unit

The Joint Safeguarding Business Unit supports both the Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board and the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board to maintain oversight of all the safeguarding work that takes place in Bristol. The unit is made up of:

  • Becky Lewis, JSBU Board Manager
  • Natalie Chamberlain, Policy and Projects Officer
  • Bronwen Falconer, Project Support Officer
  • Esther Lambert BSCB Trainer
  • Donald Gloag, BSCB Training Administrator
  • Kelly Brown, Business Support

Please contact us for any enquiries related to the Board.

Our Partners:

Bristol City Council
Avon & Somerset Police