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About the Essex Safeguarding Children Board


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.Handprints


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.


From 29th September 2019, ESCB will transfer to new Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements.

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The work of the ESCB



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Business Support Team

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, Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews, communication functions and relationship with the Essex Joint Working Arrangements and other relevant strategic groups. Supports the Board, Executive Group, Performance Management Group, Child Safeguarding Practice 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 and represents the Board on partnership forums. 


Sally-Ann Millar - Child Exploitation (CE) Project Manager 

Responsible for strengthening the understanding of Board Members in their safeguarding and information sharing duties to ensure that any approach established around CE in Essex is coordinated and effective. Working towards delivering a more transparent, robust CE 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, social media and promoting awareness campaigns. 


Ruth Salter - Project Officer for the Board 

Provides administrative support to all Board activity, Board managers and the Independent Chair. Clerks all workstream meetings. 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 Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

Responsible for project managing the Child Safeguarding Practice Review (CSPR) process from the point of referral to the completion of the review, including the commissioning of independent case reviewers / CSPR authors and the publication of Overview Reports. Co-ordinates the CSPR Sub-Committee and monitors the recommendations from Child Safeguarding Practice 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.