Brent Local Safeguarding Children Board

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Come and help us make the links with Brent's community

Are you interested in local child protection issues? Can you help us make the links with community groups? Can you challenge us to make our work more accessible to the community and to children and young people?

Comprised of senior professionals from many partner organisations, Brent Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is responsible for overseeing how local organisations work together to protect children and young people in Brent from harm.

Brent LSCB is looking for more volunteers to join the existing lay members

Our lay members will operate as full members of the Board attending five half day meetings per year. Members may also participate in a small number of relevant working groups and agreed community events on behalf of the Board.

Appointments will initially be for one year and subsequently be extended subject to mutual agreement with the Chair

A commitment of at least 10 days per year is desirable

Meetings are generally held during working hours

The Board will provide induction training for successful candidates and one-to-one support through a lay member for their first six months

All Board members are required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This is conducted by a government agency and will be organised by the LSCB on your behalf

Travel and parking expenses will be reimbursed to attend meetings

Applicants must:

  • Be a Brent resident and be prepared to raise issues on behalf of the community in the borough
  • Have a commitment to keeping children & young people safe
  • Be willing to express their views and have confidence to ask questions and challenge members about children’s issues in the borough
  • Recognise the sensitive nature of information and that it cannot be shared without the agreement of the Board
  • Be aware that information discussed at Board meetings can involve subject matter that could be upsetting
  • Be available to attend Board meetings which are normally held in working hours
  • Understand and promote the diversity of Brent’s population

To request an application pack please email: Brent.LSCB@brent.gov.uk

The closing date for applications is: Friday 31 August 2017

Friday 28th of July 2017


Safer Sleeping Week 13-17 March 2017

Safer Sleep Week is The Lullaby Trust’s national awareness campaign targeting anyone looking after a young baby.

It aims to raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and the proven advice on how parents can reduce the risk of it occurring.

We know that greater awareness of safer sleep leads to a decrease in the numbers of babies dying. Sadly around 4 babies a week still die from SIDS and if all parents were aware of safer
sleep advice many lives could be saved.

In 2017 the focus is on going back to basics. 25 years after the Back to Sleep campaign, a survey of parents showed there is still uncertainty around some of the key advice such as sleeping
position. Our goal is to ensure that parents understand in very straightforward terms how they can integrate simple steps into their baby care routine to reduce the risk of SIDS.

Lullaby Trust Website

Wednesday 15th of March 2017


Changes to Overall Benefit Cap affecting household income in Brent

What is the Overall Benefit Cap (OBC)?

The OBC is the maximum amount of specified state welfare benefits that (unless exempt) can be received by a household on a weekly basis.

Many households, including those with school age children, will experience – or have already experienced - a reduction in their Housing Benefit or Universal Credit entitlement since January 2017.

The OBC was £500 a week for working age families and couples and £350 per week for a single person. From November 2016 these weekly limits were reduced to £442.31 for working age families and couples, and £296.35 for a single person.

Further details about the cap including exemptions, options available and sources of support and assistance can be found within the Brent Council Benefit Cap Toolkit at

www.brent.gov.uk/benefitchanges

Wednesday 25th of January 2017