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Focus on keeping children and young people safe reflected in annual Child Protection Committee report

The annual Perth and Kinross Child Protection Committee (CPC) Standards & Quality Report has been considered at the meeting of Perth & Kinross Council on Wednesday 18 December 2019.

The 2018-2019 report highlights the wide range of multi-agency partnership work, aimed at keeping all children and young people safe and protected from harm, abuse and exploitation which is ongoing across Perth and Kinross.

Whilst the report identifies an increase in the number of child concern reports received, it also demonstrates that multi-agency support and response arrangements are robust and that children and young people in need of protection are getting the help they need, when they need it.

The report describes significant improvements made to strengthen support and advocacy arrangements for children and families ensuring their voices are heard. The report also describes how the work of the CPC continues to be informed through engagement with children and young people's groups. Alongside this, the report sets out a strong commitment to developing a competent and confident workforce which can identify children and families who need assistance at an early point.

Councillors additionally heard about the CPC's capacity for continued improvement and its ambitious work programme going forward into 2020 and beyond.

Council Leader, Councillor Murray Lyle said: "Keeping all children and young people safe, supported and protected from harm, abuse and exploitation in Perth and Kinross continues to be a key priority for this Council and its partners on the Child Protection Committee. It is everyone's job to do so and the 2018-2019 CPC Standards & Quality Report evidences our collective commitment to that aim. We want to ensure that Perth and Kinross is a place where all children and young people can have the best possible start in life. To achieve that we must remain vigilant and ensure that continuous improvement enables us to deliver effective child protection services."

Residents of Perth and Kinross are encouraged this festive season to keep their eyes open and report any concerns they may have about the safety and welfare of children, young people or vulnerable adults in their local community. If you are concerned about someone you know, please call 01738 476768 (child protection), or 0345 301 11 20 (adult protection) at any time.