The Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) is a statutory multi agency organisation which brings together agencies who work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Essex. The Children Act 2004 required every local authority to set up a Local Safeguarding Children Board. The ESCB is Essex's response to this.
The aim of the Board is to improve outcomes for children by co-ordinating the work of local agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and ensuring the effectiveness of that work. The ESCB works with Essex County Council, Essex Police, Essex Probation, Education Services, Health Services and the Voluntary Sector. We also do work with the Southend and Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Boards.
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Alison Cutler - Business Manager
Overall Board manager and manager of Support Team. Responsible for the production and monitoring of the Board business plan and budget, for ensuring the effectiveness of Board business processes, agenda planning, performance monitoring, serious case reviews, child death reviews, communication functions and relationship with the Essex Joint Working Arrangements and other relevant strategic groups. Supports the Board, Executive Group, Performance Management Group, Serious Case Review Workstream and Panels and Health Safeguarding Workstream.
Karen Hammett - Practice Development Manager
Responsible for Board activity in relation to training and development, policy and procedure, implementation of Board serious case review recommendations, relations with the voluntary and community sector and providing advice and guidance on practice development. Supports the Training and Development Workstreams and SET Policy and Procedure Group. Supports ad hoc working groups, represents the Board on partnership forums such as SportEssex.
Janet Levett - Child Death Review Manager (Southend, Essex and Thurrock)
Responsible for the management of child death review activity across Essex, Southend and Thurrock Boards including conduct of reviews, creation of CDR Annual Report, monitoring of the implementation of recommendations and coordinating Board activities to disseminate and respond to identified themes and trends and corresponding recommendations.
Supports the Strategic Child Death Overview Panel and Local Child Death Review Panels.
Clare Livens - Child Exploitation Project Manager
Responsible for strengthening the understanding of Board Members in their safeguarding and information sharing duties to ensure that any approach established around CSE in Essex is coordinated and effective. Working towards delivering a more transparent, robust CSE approach to ensure that families within Essex are suitably safeguarded and supported.
Stephanie Rosser - Senior Communications Officer
Communications lead for the ESCB, maintaining the website, Twitter and promoting awareness campaigns. Administers the Communications sub-committee meetings.
Jodie Attreed - Project Officer for the Board
Provides administrative support to all Board activity, Board managers and the Independent Chair. Clerks all workstream meeting outside of SCR and CDR. Monitors the Board budget, assists with specific project work. Responsible for up keep and distribution of SET Procedures. Acts as Office Manager.
Alexandra Stebbings - Project Officer Serious Case Reviews
Responsible for project managing the serious case review (SCR) process from the point of referral to the completion of the review, including the commissioning of independent case reviewers / SCR authors. Co-ordinates the SCR Sub-Committee and monitors the recommendations from all Serious Case Reviews.
Vanessa Rooke - Training Administrator
Centrally administers the Board’s training activity including booking course venues, dealing with application forms, allocating places and issuing certificates of attendance.
Amy Lapite - Legal Advisor
Provides legal advice to the Board and its workstreams, advises on procedural and governance matters.