The Perth and Kinross Child Protection Committee (CPC)'s latest Standards & Quality Report will be considered at Perth & Kinross Council's Scrutiny and Performance Committee on Wednesday 30 November 2022.
The report shows the extent to which the agencies represented have continued to improve services to protect children and young people from harm, abuse and exploitation.
Councillors will hear that the CPC adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic and this has enhanced its approach over the year from August 2021 to July 2022.
Key outcomes and strengths across the full range of the Child Protection Committee's work over the past year are highlighted, alongside an acknowledgement of continued challenges for the CPC and all its partners.
The key areas of concern identified to be parental mental ill-health, domestic abuse and parental alcohol or drug use. Over the course of the year, the number of child concern reports has continued to grow, however fewer children are considered at a Child Protection Case Conference, as they and their families receive help and support at an early stage, which reduces risk. The age profile of children whose names are included on the Child Protection Register and who are kept safe by a child protection plan shows that the majority are babies or very young children. The numbers of children and young people referred to the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration have also dropped.
The Child Protection Committee's commitment to listening and learning is reflected in its Improvement Plan and how partners are responding to changing child protection policy and practice.
Council Leader, Councillor Grant Laing said "We recognise the challenges our children and families are experiencing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing cost of living crisis. As this report shows, our Child Protection Committee and all its partners are committed to supporting the most vulnerable and at-risk youngsters in our communities. Our staff remain vigilant.
A lot has been achieved in the past year, and we want to ensure that this is built on in the interests of children, young people and families throughout Perth and Kinross."
The report will also be put before the Full Council meeting on 21 December 2022.