Welcome to the Trafford Safeguarding Children Board Website

The TSCB is a statutory organisation whose main objective is to coordinate and ensure the effectiveness of work that is done in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 in Trafford.



Everyone shares responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, irrespective of individual roles.

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Parents & Carers

Trafford Safeguarding Children Board has an Information Sharing Protocol which supports good Multi-agency information sharing which is essential for the safeguarding of children.

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Children & Young People

The Children and Young People's Service is jointly governed and managed by Trafford Council, Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust and Trafford Primary Care Trust.

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Children's Trust Arrangements

Through their work on the local Children and Young People's Plan (CYPP), Children's Trust Boards ensure that workforce strategies are developed in their local area.

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Welcome to the Trafford Safeguarding Children Board - Messages from the Chair

Child Sexual Exploitation

The findings in the Rotherham Inquiry are truly horrifying.  The following is an overview of the TSCB approach to this terrible curse.

  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a strategic priority of TSCB
  • CSE features within the TSCB business plan
  • TSCB has produced a strategy for tackling CSE which includes disrupting and prosecuting perpetrators
  • Children and Young People were involved in the development of the strategy
  • CSE strategy is linked to:
    • Other safeguarding strategies within TSCB
    • CSE strategies in neighbouring in Greater Manchester
  • TSCB has an identified specific CSE coordinator
  • Lead professionals have been identified/ named in key agencies
  • A scoping exercise/ strategic profile has been undertaken in relation to Child Sexual Exploitation in Trafford
  • Data is collected on the number of children/ young people who have been identified within Trafford who are:
    • Believed to be at risk of CSE
    • Believed to be experiencing CSE
  • Referrals are made through MARAT, a multi-agency team comprised of children’s social care, police, education, health and an early help co-ordinator
  • Cases where concerns are identified are referred to SEAM (Sexual Exploitation and Missing Panel)

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

  • Must be alerted to all cases (from any agency) where it is alleged that a person who works with children has behaved in a way that may:-
    • Have harmed or may harm a child
    • Possibly have committed an offence against children
    • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children
  • Thus the role is an important defence against Child Sexual Abuse
  • Applies to paid, unpaid, volunteers, casual or agency staff and captures concerns that may emanate from inside/outside the workplace
  • In the period April 2013 –March 2014 throughout the reporting period there were 179 referrals to the LADO service which is an increase of 19% when compared to the previous year 2012-2013
  • The majority of referrals were from Police, Education and Social Care
  • This post has been operational in Trafford for 3 years and receives appropriate levels of referrals when compared to similar local authorities
  • If you have concerns you can contact the LADO at: MARAT@trafford.gov.uk 

Bob Postlethwaite Independent Chair Trafford Safeguarding Children Board