PCC holds unique safeguarding partnership workshop (6 Oct 2017)

Safeguardingboards1Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) held the first ever workshop of its kind bringing together local partnerships who work to keep the people and communities of West Yorkshire safe.

The aim of the event was to explore how these partnerships can better work together across the county to further protect vulnerable people.

Representatives from the Local Safeguarding Children's Boards (LSCB's), Safeguarding Adults Boards (SAB's) and the Community Safety Partnerships (CSP's) attended the event which was held in Leeds this week (05/10).

The workshop kicked off with presentations from each district on how they are protecting and supporting vulnerable people and helping the PCC deliver the Police and Crime Plan. This was followed by table discussions on further development of joint safeguarding strategies and how the PCC can further support their work.

A number of ideas and good practices were shared during the event strengthening the consistent and cohesive delivery of safeguarding across West Yorkshire.

The attendees agreed to explore what else could be done to build upon other safeguarding successes for the county, such as the West Yorkshire Safeguarding Week. The Week is in its second year and launches on Monday 9th October seeing numerous events all across the towns and cities of West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire has a number of county wide safeguarding approaches already in place for example the Domestic and Sexual Abuse Board, the Mental health and Criminal Justice Forum, the West Yorkshire Safeguarding Communications Group and Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy Group and this event looked to add to this coordinated and cohesive approach to a challenging area.

Work will now continue in partnership to develop the discussions and ideas from the event with a focus on communication, governance, joint strategies and agreed priorities that West Yorkshire could tackle collectively.

Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "Safeguarding vulnerable people is an absolute priority for myself, West Yorkshire Police and our partners and Safeguarding Boards have a crucial role to play.

"A person is vulnerable if as a result of their situation or circumstances they are unable to take care or protect themselves, or others, from harm or exploitation or other adverse impact on their quality of life.

"Vulnerability can take many forms and can be linked to, for example, mental health, substance misuse, or age. This means that each individual must be supported in a way that recognises their personal circumstances and requires different agencies to work effectively together to provide for their differing safeguarding needs.

"We are stronger together and part of my role is to encourage partnership working which I really do see as key in tackling all policing and community safety issues. I'd like to thank everyone for attending the workshop and I look forward to continuing to work closely together to protect those most at risk."

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