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Business Plan and Strategies

Our vision is that children and young people in Brighton & Hove live a life free from fear, harm, abuse, and exploitation, enabling every child in every part of the city to achieve their potential. As Brighton & Hove LSCB we identified five priorities to enable this vision, as set out in our Business Plan (2016-19). The Strategic Plan 2020-2023 is under development.

Priority Area 1: Neglect & Emotional Harm (Domestic Violence & Abuse, Parental Mental Health & Substance Misuse)

We are focusing on Neglect because it is one of the highest category for children and young people in Brighton & Hove on a Child Protection Plan.

Outcome for children: Children in households where neglect is a feature are helped and when necessary protected.

See our Neglect Strategy here (under review)

Priority Area 2: Sexual Harm and Violence Towards Children (Child Sexual Exploitation and Child Sexual Abuse)

We must identify the extent of sexual harm and violence towards children and to tackle it across all agencies to protect children. Conscious of the risks to children who are alone, we will pay particular attention to work with those who go missing from care, home and education.

Outcome for children: Children and young people in Brighton & Hove are protected from sexual harm and violence.

See our CSA Strategy here

Priority Area 3: Early Help, Pathways, Thresholds and Assessments

It is vital that we have a clear articulation of our Early Help arrangements and that we focus significant effort on prevention as opposed to the incidence of abuse. Additionally that we fully understand the quality of child protection referrals, their assessment and the effectiveness of pathways.

Outcome for children: Emerging problems and potential unmet needs are identified so that families and children receive the right support at the right time.

See our Threshold document here

See our Whole Family Working Strategy here

Priority Area 4: Governance, Quality Assurance & Scrutiny

We must challenge each other and seek evidence of the effectiveness of all that we do to keep children and young people safe in Brighton & Hove.

Outcome for children: Board business is coordinated and ensures the effectiveness of what is done by partner agencies.

See our Constitution here (under review)

See our Quality Assurance Framework here (under review)

Priority Area 5: Participation & Engagement

It is important that the work of the Board is effectively communicated across our target audiences so that they feel informed about work we do to improve safeguarding in Brighton & Hove.

Outcome for children: Learning from reviews is known, understood and influences the practice of staff across the partnership and learning and improvement is informed by feedback from those who access and deliver safeguarding and child protection services in Brighton & Hove.

See our Communication Strategy here (under review)