Monmouthshire Cabinet has today approved the creation of a Safeguarding and Quality Assurance team that will enhance the provision of services that work to keep the county’s children safe. The service will work closely with education to provide a robust and effective service.
In Monmouthshire, over the last two years the average number of children on the child protection register has been between 78 and 100. And the average number of looked after children has been between 90 and 110. Like many other counties in Wales these numbers are increasing and Monmouthshire’s Children’s Services are responding promptly to this new pressure. By enhancing the provision currently available, the council will strengthen the safeguarding service that is on offer in the county and extend that to include safeguarding in education.
Cabinet Member with responsibility for child protection, Cllr Hacket-Pain said:
“This is good news for Monmouthshire. Safeguarding children is a serious business and these new measures will benefit and improve the existing service. It will ensure the young people of the county have the best service that we can offer.”
Simon Burch, Chief Officer for Social Care and Health said:
“Monmouthshire County Council has always prioritised the safeguarding of children and young people and the new service will ensure that we have robust systems to continue to protect them. I am particularly delighted that we have been able to integrate safeguarding within schools into the joint team to ensure that this has a high profile across all schools in the county.”
The Cabinet report is available to download.