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TWSCB top priorities

The TWSCB has identified three areas to that we want improve over 2018, these are:

Neglect

Why: Awareness of child neglect and its impact has increased over the last 20 years and is the most common reason for having to protect children and young people. Similar to the national picture neglect consistently accounts for above 50% of the child protection plans in Telford and Wrekin.

What are we doing: looking at a what we can do differently to ensure that children, young people and parents/carers understand why professionals are concerned about them/their family, especially in child protection conferences; looking at ensuring professionals have the right tools to understand neglect and its impact on the family.

Domestic Abuse

Why:  In 2014-15 there were over a thousand incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the Police in Telford and Wrekin where a child was either present or residing at the address; this continues to increase.

What are we doing: looking at what support groups are available for victims and their families; raise awareness of domestic abuse and its impact, ensure professionals are trained appropriately; ensure that security and  safety measures for victims and their families are available; and implement a support programme for perpetrators to help them stop.

Child Exploitation

Why: Child Exploitation (CE) is a high profile issue nationally. Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Missing have been thematic areas for the TWSCB and now come together in one group that also looks at Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence.

What are we doing: looking at whether we have appropriate victim support services available; looking at support to minimise/eradicate offending behaviour; raising awareness of CE risks; and ensure professionals are appropriately trained.