The Independent Chair
The Chair has a crucial role in making certain that the board operates effectively and secures an independent voice for the Hull Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB). The Chair is of sufficient standing and expertise to command the respect and support of all partners. The Chair acts objectively and distinguishes their role as HSCB Chair from any day-to-day role.
It is the responsibility of the local authority, after consultation with the HSCB partners, to appoint the HSCB chair.
Local authority elected members and non-executive directors of other board partners are not members of the board. The role of elected members is to hold their organisation and its officers to account for their contribution to the effective functioning of the board.
The Lead Member
Councillor Phil Webster – Lead Member, Children’s Services
The Lead Member for children’s services at Hull City Council has a particular focus on how the local luthority is fulfilling its responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of local children. The Lead Member will hold the Corporate Director of Children, Young People and Families to account for the work of the board.
Hull Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) appoints two lay members to the board. Lay members operate as full members of the HSCB and help to provide a local perspective by reflecting the views of the community.
The role for the lay members in particular relates to –
- supporting stronger public engagement in local child safety issues and contribute to an improved understanding of the HSCB’s child
protection work in the wider community
- challenging the Hull Safeguarding Children Board to make sure our services are making a difference to the lives of children and young people
- helping make links between the HSCB and community groups