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Joint summit hosted by ourselves and South Wales Police on Child Exploitation, Principality Stadium in Cardiff on 3 May

The summit looked at opportunities and barriers to multi agency working with children who are vulnerable to exploitation by adults.

The summit discussed what constitutes good quality care  for children  placed outside of their local area.

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Dr Sally Holland, gave a keynote speech as well as Chief Inspector Gillian Baranski and Assistant Chief Constable Jon Drake.

Delegates included representatives from local authorities, providers of residential care, the third sector and Welsh police forces.

A report will be produced from the event which will contribute to the Ministerial Advisory Group on improvements in the outcomes for young people in the care system.

Assistant Chief Constable Jon Drake said:

Protecting vulnerable people is our number one priority and this includes children who go missing from residential placements, and who are then at risk of harm such as child sexual exploitation.

However, we recognise that we cannot achieve this alone and effective partnership working is key to keeping these young people safe.

The summit was a fantastic opportunity to look at the current data and issues identified, share best practice and to discuss a way forward.

Chief Inspector Gillian Baranski said:

Child sexual exploitation is a particularly hidden form of sexual abuse and children who go missing or who are looked after are particularly vulnerable. One agency alone cannot tackle this issue and it is vital we work together to protect each and every child. 

Young people placed in children’s homes deserve the best quality of care. We must ensure children are given a warm homely environment, with appropriate boundaries where they can establish genuine supportive relationships with skilled and professional care staff. We can and must do better to keep our most vulnerable children and young people safe.

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