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Agenda item

Our Response to Protecting Vulnerable Young People - Contextual Safeguarding Strategy

Report of the Executive Director, People Services.

 

Decision:

14.1

The Executive Director, People Services submitted a report seeking approval and support for Sheffield’s “Contextual Safeguarding Strategy: Our response to protecting vulnerable young people ensuring children and young people are safe and supported to achieve their full potential  The report also requests that Cabinet approve Sheffield City Council’s involvement in the Amber Project and the partnership response; Prepare, Prevent, Protect and Pursue to tackle child exploitation.

 

The Strategy re-affirms Sheffield’s commitment to recognising and responding to child sexual exploitation, child criminal exploitation and the criminalisation of our young people.

 

14.2

RESOLVED: That Cabinet recognises the contextual safeguarding issues to reduce inequalities and the contribution to the Sheffield Safeguarding Children’s Partnership outcome Priority 5, as detailed in the report, and agrees to develop robust responses to emerging safeguarding issues whilst at the same time ensuring we maintain an effective response to all areas of abuse and neglect and therefore:-

 

(a) agrees and supports Sheffield’s “Contextual Safeguarding Strategy: Our response to protecting vulnerable young people ensuring children and young people are safe and supported to achieve their full potential”; and

 

(b) approves Sheffield City Council’s involvement in the Amber Project and the partnership response; Prepare, Prevent, Protect and Pursue to tackle child exploitation.

 

14.3

Reasons for Decision

 

 

Agreement and support of Sheffield’s Contextual Safeguarding Strategy

and approval of Sheffield City Council’s involvement, to recognise and

respond to contextual safeguarding issues in line with this proposal, will

reduce inequalities and contribute to the Sheffield Safeguarding Children’s Partnership outcome Priority 5. The proposal will ensure that the Council develops robust responses to emerging safeguarding issues whilst at the same time ensuring we maintain an effective response to all areas of abuse and neglect.

 

 

14.4

Alternatives Considered and Rejected

 

 

Not to approve Sheffield City Council’s involvement in the publication of a contextual safeguarding strategy. This proposal was rejected because

this strategy will support reduced inequalities and contribute the Sheffield Safeguarding Children’s Partnership outcome Priority 5. The proposal will ensure that the Council develops robust responses to emerging safeguarding issues whilst at the same time ensuring we maintain an effective response to all areas of abuse and neglect.

 

 

14.5

Any Interest Declared or Dispensation Granted

 

 

 

None

 

 

14.6

Reason for Exemption if Public/Press Excluded During Consideration

 

 

 

None

 

 

14.7

Respective Director Responsible for Implementation

 

 

John Macilwraith, Executive Director, People

 

 

14.8

Relevant Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee If Decision Called In

 

 

 

Children, Young People and Family Support.

 

 

 

 

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