Governance and accountability
Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board is a statutory body and in line with Working Together 2015 it remains independent in order to provide effective challenge to partner agencies. MKSCB will not be subordinate to, nor subsumed within, other local structures.
It is the responsibility of the Chief Executive of MK Council to appoint or remove the LSCB chair with the agreement of a panel including MKSCB partners and lay members. The Chief Executive, drawing on other MKSCB partners and, where appropriate, the Lead Member will hold the Chair to account for the effective working of MKSCB (localised from WT 2015).
MKSCB has a role in co-ordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of the work of local partners to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The Board will hold organisations, individually and in partnership, to account for their performance in this respect. However, the Board is not accountable for their operational work and each Board partner retains their organisational lines of accountability for the organisation, delivery and quality of safeguarding practice. When sitting as Board Members they share collective corporate responsibility for the performance, quality and impact of the whole safeguarding “system” in Milton Keynes, for shared improvement activity and for mutual high support and high challenge with regard to each other’s effectiveness.