Wakefield Councillors to discuss report to further strengthen positive work to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation


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Senior councillors are to discuss a new report which sets out actions to further strengthen how the district deals with Child Sexual Exploitation.

In 2015 Wakefield Council carried out a high level review of the district's arrangements to tackle child sexual exploitation. It looked into what structures, polices and processes are in place and whether they were effective.

The report and its recommendations have been produced by Wakefield Council's Ambitious for Our Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Now members of Wakefield Council's Cabinet meeting on November 24 are being recommended to give their approval to the set of actions outlined in the report.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Chair of Ambitious for Our Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee, at Wakefield Council said: "The committee has made a number of recommendations as to how Wakefield Council and its partners set and review strategy, and how they collect and share intelligence.

"I believe by following the recommendations set out in the report, it will ensure that we continue to further improve the way we protect children and young people and support victims."

The recommendations include a request for the Wakefield District Safeguarding Board to ensure that it implements its new child sexual exploitation strategy and plans, and to refine and develop the protocol for sharing information on looked after children placed outside the district or inside the district from elsewhere.

Other recommendations include Wakefield Council ensuring that children's ethnicity is always recorded in child assessments

Additionally, new and emerging trends in child sexual exploitation are to be captured and discussed in strategy and intelligence briefings.