What are our priorities?


The aim is for children/young people to be free from the risk and harm of exploitation, going missing, or being trafficked


The aim is to reduce neglect, reduce the impact of neglect and ensure help and support is provided at the earliest opportunity

Voice of the child

The aim is to create a clear focus on the needs and experience of children and young people

Working together

The aim is to achieve excellent partnership working across all areas

What are we trying to achieve?


1. Track the number of children / young people subject to exploitation

2. Reduce the number of children/young people who go missing more than once

3. Increase the percentage of return interviews completed within agreed timescales


1. Reduce the number of children who are the subject of a child protection plan for neglect

2. Increase the percentage of outcomes achieved in a family plan

3. Reduce the percentage of neglect cases which involve domestic abuse

Voice of the child

1. Children and young people feel confident to make contact with an appropriate adult if they have safeguarding concerns

2. Improved opportunities for children and young people’s ‘engagement’ with safeguarding issues

3. Increase the influence of the voice of the child in child protection processes

Working together

1. Partners provide quality referrals which are referred appropriately for timely, focused intervention

2. Increase the number of initial health assessments submitted for LAC within timescales

3. Effective information sharing across the partnership

What are we going to do?


Prepare – strengthen the identification and assessment of those at risk of all types of exploitation, missing, trafficking

Prevent exploitation – make it more difficult to exploit children and young people

Protect children/young people from exploitation

Pursue perpetrators of exploitation – identify, disrupt, and prosecute offenders


Understand neglect – understand the local picture of neglect, to raise awareness of neglect and the thresholds for intervention

Early identification – improve the recognition and assessment of neglect

Effective provision – refine effective and successful interventions which reduce neglect before statutory intervention

Domestic abuse – improve the recognition of the impact of domestic abuse leading to the neglect of children and young people

Voice of the child

Voice of the child – every child to have a voice in the child protection process

Empower young people – every young person can recognise abuse and feel confident to report their concerns

Appropriate support – ensure that services are child-focused

Visibility – ensure that all staff obtain the child’s story and that every child is seen

Peer support – develop skills for young people to support other young people

Working together

Thresholds – strengthen agreed shared thresholds across the partnership

Focused intervention – be assured that children receiving support as a ‘child in need’ receive focused intervention in a timely, appropriate manner

Remove barriers – understand the lessons learned and improving outcomes

Improve information sharing – understand the barriers in order to mitigate issues

Management grip – be assured that there is robust management accountability in cases across the partnership