The purpose of BFC Safeguarding Board is to co-ordinate and ensures the effectiveness of local arrangements and services to safeguard and promote the welfare of children which is defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment.
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health and development.
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.


BFC SB is chaired by Commander medical and consists of senior representatives from all key agencies/organisations concerned with the safeguarding of children.

There are a number of Operational Groups who monitor, review and help us keep abreast of all relevant safeguarding matters and its application to overseas Commands.


These Sub Groups are responsible for implementing the work necessary to achieve the strategic objectives of the BFC LSB. Each sub group reports progress against business objectives on a quarterly basis. The frequency of meetings is decided on the basis of each group’s work programme.

The membership of the Operational Groups will reflect a broad range of organisations. Members are selected on the basis of the contribution they can make through their professional roles and responsibilities.

Currently the Sub groups are as follows:

  • Policy and Procedure
  • Audit
  • Training and Development


Policy, Procedure Group is responsible for:

  • The development of inter-agency policy, procedures and practice in response to government guidance or locally identified need.
  • Reviewing current policy, procedures and practice in relation to responsive work to protect children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering harm. This will be on both a routine basis and if issues of concern about effectiveness are raised.
  • Responding to government consultations at the request of the BFC SB (where applicable to BFC).


The Audit Group are responsible for:

  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by Board Partners. This will be achieved through a peer review process, based on self-evaluation, performance indicators and joint audit.
  • Monitoring the organisations with a duty under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004, or Section 175 or section 157 of the Education Act to ensure they are fulfilling their statutory obligations.


The training and development group are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that single agency and multi-agency training on Safeguarding and promoting welfare is provided to meet local need.
  • Evaluating the quality and effectiveness of this training.


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