NHS NE COMPACT WITH THE TWELVE
NORTH EAST LOCAL SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN BOARDS
1. THE ROLE OF THE STRATEGIC HEALTH AUTHORITY
The North East Strategic Health Authority’s (NE SHA) role as a member of a
Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is set out in Working Together to
Safeguard Children: Consultation Document (December 2009).
“The Strategic Health Authority’s role is to support the development of NHS
arrangements within its area to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
and young people.
SHAs need to have robust and appropriate system in place to assure
themselves that NHS organisations, excluding Foundation Trusts, in their area
are safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This importantly
includes a focus on PCTs and their effectiveness in securing the NHS
contribution through commissioning services. Their membership of the LSCBs
will enable them to oversee the health contribution to safeguarding children at
2. MEMBERSHIP AND ATTENDANCE
NE SHA will maintain a strategic overview of the NHS contribution to local
safeguarding. The SHA will not routinely attend LSCB meetings as they do
not wish to undermine the role of the Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) who have
responsibility locally for ensuring the health contribution to safeguarding and
promoting the welfare of children is discharged effectively across the whole
health economy through the PCT’s commissioning arrangements.
NE SHA will attend a minimum of one LSCB meeting per year to discuss the
local NHS contribution to safeguarding. In addition the NE SHA will attend
LSCB meetings at the request of the LSCB chair or PCT.
NE SHA, as a member of the LSCB, reserves the right to attend meetings of
the Board and will contact the LSCB administrator if they intend to attend a
The SHA will offer apologies for meetings not being attended. It would be
helpful if attendance monitors could note the SHA attendance is in line with
As a member of the LSCB the SHA will receive the LSCB minutes, agenda
NE SHA will not be represented on operational sub-groups and will not accept
an invitation to chair the main board of the LSCB. NE SHA will abstain from
voting on all issues of the board.
NE SHA will not make a financial contribution to the activities of the LSCB but
may however, in some circumstances offer to make contributions “in kind” e.g.
use of facilities and expertise. NE SHA will monitor the local NHS contribution
to safeguarding children.
4. SERIOUS CASE REVIEWS
In line with Chapter 8 of Working Together to Safeguard Children, December
2009 LSCBs are asked to send the SHA copies (once they have been quality
assured by the SCR sub-committee) of the Overview Report, the Executive
Summary and multi-agency action plans.
The SHA will receive copies of the NHS Independent Management Reviews
(IMRs) from the PCT.
5. PUBLICATION OF EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
In line with Chapter 8 of Working Together to Safeguard Children (December
2009), the LSCB should ensure that local PCT communications teams, as well
as the SHA communications team, are briefed in advance of the publication of
an executive summary.
The advance notice should allow sufficient time for the SHA to brief the
Department of Health and be prior to any information being made available in
the public domain.
The following information is required as part of the brief:
brief summary of key facts and findings relating specifically to health
proposed date of publication
proposed method of publication
media interest to date
agreed reactive media statement
lead agency for media enquiries and contact details
Contact details of all local PCT communications teams, as well as the SHA
communications team, are available at:
6. NHS NE SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN REPRESENTATIVE ON LSCBs
The NE SHA representative and deputy on LSCBs have an enhanced CRB
check. Details of the CRB can be obtained from Judith.Gledson@northeast.nhs.uk
The SHA representative on LSCBs is:
Name Sam Cramond
Title Strategic Head of Child and Maternal Health Services
Address North East Strategic Health Authority
Newcastle upon Tyne
Telephone 0191 2106451
7. REPORTING ARRANGEMENTS
The PCT Director who attends the LSCB will act as a link between NE SHA
and LSCB (they will not represent the SHA). The PCT Director can contact the
SHA if they have any issue they wish to discuss. Critical issues which may
seriously impact on the ability of a PCT/NHS Trust to work effectively with
LSCB should be shared with NE SHA by the PCT Director or LSCB chair.
NE SHA will prepare an annual report for the SHA Board on the NHS
contribution to safeguarding children in the NE which will include their support
This compact will be reviewed bi-annually by the SHA and any proposed
amendments discussed with LSCBs.
8. WORKING WITH THE CHILDREN AND LEARNERS TEAM AT
GOVERNMENT OFFICE NORTH EAST
THE SHA works closely with the Children and Learners Team in Government
Office North East in respect of safeguarding children. The SHA will from time to
time share information reported to the SHA with the GO Children and Learners
Team regarding local safeguarding practice and performance data which may
impact on children’s wellbeing and may commission work jointly with the
Children and Learners Team to support the SHA role as set out in Working
Together to Safeguard Children.
Director of Nursing & Patient Safety Chair of ……insert………….
North East Strategic Health Authority Local Safeguarding Children Board