Welcome to Medway Safeguarding Children Board website


The Medway Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) is a statutory multi-agency organisation which brings together a range of agencies who work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people up to the age of eighteen years in Medway. The Board meets regularly throughout the year to discuss a wide range of issues.

The MSCB is designed to help ensure that children are safeguarded properly by agencies working effectively together and our membership includes senior representatives from Medway Council, all Medway health bodies, Kent Police, Medway schools, voluntary organisations and many others. For details of the Board structure and membership please click here.

This site provides information for everyone in Medway who is concerned about safeguarding children and meeting their needs. That particularly includes children, parents, and everyone in Medway whose work brings them into contact with children and families. You will therefore find the following here:

MSCB Conference 2014

The MSCB is pleased to announce the date for their Annual Safeguarding Children Conference for front line staff, operational and senior managers.

This will take place on Friday 27th June 2014, 9.30am-3.30pm at the University of Greenwich, Pembroke 226, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Kent, ME4 4TB.  Please find further details and an application form by following the link below

MSCB Conference 2014 flyer and application (pdf, 75kb)

Friday 27th June 2014

Ofsted inspection of child protection services in Medway

* New for 2014 Kent and Medway Safeguarding Children procedures

*** NEW - Kent and Medway Interagency Threshold criteria for children in need ***

***NEW -Working Together 2013*** (pdf, 1mb)

*Practice guidance on Serious Case Reviews

*Information about CP Conferences, Core Groups and Child Protection Plans

*Child death information templates

*** Safeguarding in Sport - Dramatisation ***

'Crossing the Line' is an interactive theatre performance by Geese Theatre, which explores safeguarding issues in a sporting context.

This is a must-see event for anyone involved in delivering sport for young people, or anyone wanting to understand the realities of safeguarding in a youth activity context.

"Stunning. I was totally engaged and it was emotionally very powerful."


Child Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

Please see below three documents which have been produced by the KSCB and MSCB's Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Sub-group as part of our commitment to raise awareness and give practical support and advice to professionals around the issue of Child Trafficking.

Child Sexual Exploitation

This Guidance (pdf, 304kb) is a means of supporting the professionals in all agencies and the community in Kent and Medway, to identify and respond appropriately to safeguard children who are or are at risk of Sexual Exploitation.  A risk assessment toolkit (pdf, 265kb) has been developed to help professionals in all agencies assess whether a child for whom they have a concern is at risk of harm through sexual exploitation.

Child Trafficking

The Abbreviated Toolkit (pdf, 322kb)which has been devised to offer support to professionals who have concerns that a child or young person may have been trafficked. It is intended for frontline staff who come into contact with children and young people and have concerns around this issue. It offers practical advice about steps to take and a checklist to help identify any concerns.  A more detailed version of this Toolkit, including information relating to the National Referral Mechanism, can be found here (pdf, 662kb)
There is also Quick Reference Guide (pdf, 116kb) which is is intended to raise awareness of risk factors, and to signpost professionals to take practical action should any concerns be raised."


ECPAT UK National Training Centre: Trafficking

ECPAT UK is a registered charity that exists to end the commercial exploitation of children, and focuses on protecting children from both trafficking and exploitation in tourism. Since 1994, our multi-agency training programmes have enabled practitioners to reach a required standard of practice that helps them to identify and safeguard child victims of trafficking. Our main aim is to educate professionals to better enable them to protect children from exploitation.

ECPAT UK National Training Centre flyer (pdf, 121kb)

Domestic Abuse services in Medway

Domestic abuse services at a glance. (pdf, 2mb)

Kent and Medway Domestic Abuse Strategy Group December 2012 newsletter (pdf, 84kb)

The MSCB Annual Report

2012 Annual report (pdf, 2mb)

Safer Babies in Medway

As a recommendation from the Child Death Overview Panel the Medway Safeguarding Children Board has launched the "Safer Babies in Medway" campaign to help educate parents and professionals on the safest sleeping position for babies and promote the message "Back to sleep, front to play".

MSCB is urging parents of children under the age of one to follow these simple guidelines:

Professionals Safer Sleeping Prompt Card (pdf, 71kb)

Parent's Temperature Advice (pdf, 217kb)

Visit www.fsid.org.uk for professional and parents advice, including bereavement support.

Young mums and dads can find information and advice at www.bubbalicious.co.uk

Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.  Call Medway's Infant feeding Coordinator on 01634 331054 for support.

Get help to stop smoking.  Call Medway Stop Smoking Service on 0800 234 6805 or visit www.smokefreemedway.co.uk

Keep them Safe this winter

Fire safety advice
Fire safety and the law

Fireworks often play a big part in celebrations – like Bonfire Night, Diwali and Chinese New Year. However, fireworks are explosives and burn at high temperatures, so they need careful handling and storage. Figures have shown that more children than adults get hurt by fireworks.

Find out about firework safety and the law about their use by clicking on the above title. You will find information and advice on firework safety and first aid links, fireworks and the law, organising firework displays and animal safety.

Child at Risk?

MSCB Worried about a child in Medway poster (pdf, 462kb)

If you have a concern about a child or children being at risk of abuse or neglect, please report this to Medway Customer first team by

Email : ss.access&info@medway.gov.uk

Tel: 01634 334466

What is abuse?

You'll find everything you need to know about abuse in young people's (or anyone's) relationships at the newly launched "This is abuse" website.  The site aims to educate young people about recognising abuse and where to go for help.

Most parents don't think that abuse can take place in teen relationships, but it happens all the time. And it can happen to anybody.


Review of the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Children Procedures

Medway Safeguarding Children Board are currently reviewing our Safeguarding Children Procedures. We would welcome any feedback you may have and so please complete the following questionnaire.

Munro review of Child Protection

The Munro Review - Summary
The final report

Independent Safeguarding Authority

The ISA "Vetting & Barring" scheme has been suspended by the new government and will not come into effect on July 26th as planned.

For more detail, please visit the the BBC news website.

Upcoming Training Events

New training dates for 2014 to be advertised in the near future, please check mscb website training page for details

MSCB Conference 2014

MSCB Conference 2014 flyer and application (pdf, 75kb)
MSCB Conference 2014 flyer and application (MS Publisher, 806kb)

Friday 27th June 2014


Basic Awareness in Child Protection (pdf, 204kb)

14th May 2014 9.30am-4.30pm , room 9, Gun Wharf
7th July 2014 9.30am-4.30pm, room 9, Gun Wharf
23 September 2014 9.30am-4.30pm, room 9, Gun Wharf
13th November 2014 2014 9.30am-4.30pm, room 9, Gun Wharf

Refresher Course in Child Protection (pdf, 194kb) (MS Pub, 772kb)

Tuesday 8th May 2014 9.30-12.30 and 13.00-16.30
Tuesday 13th May 2014 13.00-16.30
Tuesday 20th May 2014 9.30-12.30
Thursday 29th May 2014 09.30-12.30 and 13.30-16.30

Working Together More Effectively - Understanding Thresholds and the Referral Process (pdf, 87kb) (MS PUB, 763kb)**NO LONGER TAKING APPLICATIONS. PLEASE LOOK TO REFRESHER CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING AS AN ALTERNATIVE**

Thursday 10th April,
9.30-12.30 at The Civic Suite

Thursday 10th April,
1.30-4.30pm at Gun Wharf, Room 9

Wednesday 23rd April
9.30am—12.30pm, Gun Wharf Room 9

Thursday 24th April,
9.30-12.30 and 1.30-4.30
at The Civic Suite

Monday 28th April,
1.30-4.30 at Redvers Centre


Intermediate Course in Child Protection (pdf, 303kb)

4th April 2014 9.30am-4.30pm, room 9, Gun Wharf
17th June 2014 9.30am-4.30pm, room 9, Gun Wharf
3rd September 2014 9.30am-4.30pm, room 9, Gun Wharf
30th October 2014 9.30am-4.30pm, room 9, Gun Wharf
10th December 2014 9.30am-4.30pm, room 9, Gun Wharf

Domestic Abuse & Safeguarding Children (pdf, 195kb)

Monday 20th October 2014

Domestic Abuse Stalking and Harassment and Honour Based Violence Training (DASH)(pdf, 255kb)

13th May 2014, 9.30-1.30 **NO LONGER TAKING APPLICATIONS**
Thursday 3rd July 2014 9.30-1.30 **NO LONGER TAKING APPLICATIONS**
Wednesday 12th November 2014 1.30-4.30


Lunchtime Learning
Child and Family assessments:multi agency contribution for effective referrals

New Date TBA

Child death review in Medway training

New Date TBA

MSCB - Safer Babies - Keeping babies safe in Medway (pdf, 80kb)

New Date TBA

Working with men and assessing risk in households where harm to children is suspected (pdf, 178kb)

Tuesday 29th April 2014, 12.30-4pm
Wednesday 21st May 2014, 9.30-1pm

Safeguarding Children Abused through Sexual Exploitation (level 1)(pdf, 89kb)

11th April 2014 9.30am-4.00pm.
11th June 2014 9.30am-4.00pm.

Attending Case Conferences & Core Groups

New Date TBA

Kent Fire & Rescue Service - Safer Communities

New date TBA

Safer Recruitment Training (pdf, 86kb)

New date TBA

E-Safety Practitioner Forum

New Date TBA

MSCB Safer Babies - Keeping babies safe within Medway (pdf, 78kb)

Training for Trainers (pdf, 88kb)

New date TBA

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Some of the documents on this site are available in Adobe Systems' Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF).

For details go to our Adobe Acrobat information page.

Child protection conferences - Parents leaflet

Zasadanie k ochrane dieťaťa (Slovak) (pdf, 92Kb)

Konference pro ochranu dítěte (Czech) (pdf, 94kb)

Çocuk Koruma Toplant ı lar ı (Turkish) (pdf, 115Kb)

К о нфе р е н ц и и п о з ащи т е д е т е й (Russian) (pdf, 130Kb)

Konferencje w sprawie Ochrony Dzieci (pdf, 159Kb)

Child Protection plans & Core groups parents/Carers leaflett

Plány na ochranu dieťaťa a základné skupiny (Slovak) (pdf, 105Kb)

Plány na ochranu dítěte a základní skupiny (Czech) (pdf, 105Kb)

Çocuklar ı Koruma Planlar ı ve Temel Gruplar (Turkish) (pdf, 125Kb)

П л а н ы п о з ащи т е р е б е н к а и О с н о в ны е г р у пп ы (Russian) (pdf, 137Kb)

Please report broken links to mscb@medway.gov.uk

Medway Safeguarding Children Board
Level 5
Gun Wharf
Kent, ME4 4TU

Tel: 01634 336329
Fax: 01634 332848
Email: mscb@medway.gov.uk

If your email is of a confidential nature please direct to:


This website gives information only. If you have concerns that a child in Medway may be suffering from harm please contact:

Customer First
Medway Council
Level 4, Gun Wharf
Kent. ME4 4TR.
Tel: 01634 334466
Fax: 01634 333188

Alternatively call:

NSPCC 0808 800 5000
Child Line 0800 1111
Medway Police 01622 690690