Jersey Child Protection Committee – Annual Report of the Independent Chair

| February 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

The successful multi-agency approach of the Jersey Child Protection Committee will continue to be a vital element in the safeguarding of the Island’s most vulnerable children, according to the committee’s Independent Chair.

The Committee’s Independent Chair, Mike Taylor, has now published his annual report for 2012. It is the last one to be produced by Mr Taylor, whose tenure as Chair finished at the end of January.

“The strength of the JCPC is that it is more than the sum of its parts. The fact that the agencies work together with the same aim in mind makes the JCPC a robust and positive organisation. We can challenge and we can ensure effective investment in strong services to protect children along with endorsing the good quality of what is already in place,” said Mr Taylor.

Mr Taylor said that the report detailed some of the successes of the past year but also pointed to some of the areas which would need continued work. “In terms of performance monitoring, all agencies need to be talking the same language and recording information in a consistent way; the IT systems need a stronger multi-agency specification to deliver this.”

The JCPC made a valuable contribution to the development of the Independent Safeguarding and Standards Service, the team which oversees case conferences and the management of the Child Protection Register. “This team’s members are well placed to make sure that procedures are effectively and consistently applied and the committee looks forward to this important relationship continuing in 2013.”

The annual report also details the JCPC’s successful and over-subscribed bi-annual conference and the continued expansion of the training programme the group are able to deliver.

The Committee’s Training Sub-Committee has devised a training strategy which it is now delivering. “There have been two hugely beneficial changes this year which have enhanced our ability to provide training. The first has been the JCPC’s move to dedicated premises at Beresford House, St Helier where we have our own training room on site and the second has been the development of the ‘training pool’ which is made up of child protection professionals from a number of agencies who train with us and then take the lead on training and course delivery in their own organisations,” said Mr Taylor.

“JCPC has made enormous strides in the last three years and that is down to the dedicated and professional team of individuals involved. It is extremely important that the Committee is able to continue its valuable and independent work, always striving towards excellence in child protection. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Independent Chair and hope that the new framework for the agency under an Independent Joint Chair will continue to champion the cause of safeguarding the Island’s vulnerable children,” said Mr Taylor.

“There have, of course, been challenges but I have felt consistently supported through working relationships with Ministers and States Members and the enormous commitment of colleagues in the statutory and the voluntary sectors to the outcomes we all want for children.”

Mr Taylor’s position as Independent Chair is being replaced by that of an Independent Joint Chair for JCPC and the newly formed Vulnerable Adults Protection Committee.

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