Agenda and minutes
Venue: Shrewsbury/Oswestry Room, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND. View directions
Contact: Tim Ward Committee Officer
Apologies and Substitutions
To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Committee
38.1 Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Rob Gittins, Kevin Turley, Cecilia Motley and David Vasmer and from Sian Lines (Hereford Diocese).
38.2 Councillor Roger Evans substituted for Councillor Vasmer
Disclosable Pecuniary Interests
Members are reminded they must not participate in the discussion or vote on any matter in which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest and should leave the room prior to the commencement of the debate.
39.1 There were no declarations of interest made
Public Question Time
To receive any public questions or petitions from the public, notice of which has been given in accordance with Procedure Rule 14. The deadline for this meeting is 2.00pm on 27 November 2019
40.1 There were no questions from members of the public
Members' Question Time
To receive any questions of which Members of the Council have given notice.
Deadline for notification: 2.00pm on 27 November 2019
41.1 There were no questions from Members
To receive updates from Shropshire Safeguarding Partnership on work to tackle exploitation in Shropshire
Attached are the Home Office County Lines Guidance and the SSCB Criminal Exploitation and County Lines briefing note
42.1 The Director of Children’s Services welcomed everyone to the meeting and informed members that the purpose of the meeting was to receive an update on the issue of criminal exploitation and how the Council and partner agencies dealt with the issue, and an expectation that future scrutiny meetingd would also focus on the issue.
42.2 Members received a presentation from members of the Shropshire Safeguarding Partnership (SSP) (copy attached to the signed minutes) which outlined the work that members of the Partnership were carrying out in relation to exploitation and safeguarding.
42.3 A Member asked how we interact with private schools. The Director of Children’s Services advised that that was a sub group of the SSP relating to schools. She added that termly meetings were held with representatives of the independent schools where safeguarding was routinely discussed.
42.4 A Member asked whether the work of the SSP extended beyond Shropshire. The Independent Chair stated that he had regular meetings with other Chairs in the West Midlands and also regional representative of other partner agencies.
42.5 A Member asked what impact the introduction of the Child Exploitation Pathway had had on budgets. The Director of Children’s Services stated that this will become more of an issue with more and more children coming forward with more complex issues. She advised that the Directorate was looking carefully at what it did and was focussing resources on prevention and awareness raising work.
42.6 A Member asked how it was ensured that cases were dealt with in a timely manner. The Service Manager, Compass and Assessment Team assured the meeting that care was taken to ensure that all cases were dealt with as quickly as possible.
42.7 A Member asked why only 50 cases of exploitation were on the list. The Service Manager Compass and Assessment Team advised that data on criminal child exploitation had only been collected since September and prior to that it was only data on child sexual exploitation (CSE) that had been collected. She added that there was more data on child exploitation that on adults, as the collection of data on adult exploitation had only recently be started.
42.8 A Member asked whether cuts to the youth service budget would have an impact on exploitation. The Director of Children’s Services commented that the cumulative effect of funding cuts across the board must all be taken into account.
42.9 The Clerk to Shrewsbury Town Council commented that the needs of young people were changing and that a lot of town councils were taking over the running of youth services in their areas. She added that it was important that town and parish councils continued to get the support that they needed. The Director of Children’s Services commented that it was important that local communities had ownership of their youth provision and confirmed that support would be provided.
42.10 A Member commented that children that were excluded from mainstream education became isolated and asked whether excluded children were referred for assessment. ... view the full minutes text for item 42.