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Participation & Engagement Subcommittee

Terms of Reference

Under Chapter 3 of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013, a function of the LSCB is: “communicating to persons and bodies in the area of the authority the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, raising their awareness of how this can best be done and encouraging them to do so.” The purpose of Participation & Engagement Sub Committee is to bring to life Priority Area 2: Participation and Engagement of the LSCB Business Plan, which includes improving awareness of LSCB activity by children & young people, parents & carers, members of the public and staff & managers. It leads on the implementation and evaluation of the local communication strategy

Brighton & Hove LSCB’s Learning & Improvement Framework describes Participation & Engagement as a key building block which underpins the LSCB’s challenge and scrutiny role. This encompasses children & young people, parents & carers, and frontline staff & managers to make sure we have an extensive range of experiences to draw upon.

The sub committee supports the Board to create a culture of openness and facilitate effective and regular challenge to all partner agencies. It plays an instrumental role in supporting the communication and collaboration of the work of each LSCB sub-committee (notably the Learning & Development, Monitoring & Evaluation and Serious Case Review sub-committees) so as the output of one sub-committee informs the input to another.