BSCP publishes report into Transitional Safeguarding
BSCP is pleased to publish its report into Transitional Safeguarding undertaken in close collaboration with our colleagues with Barnet's Safeguarding Adults Board. Very much a thematic deep dive into this crucial safeguarding subject, the report outlines an analytical review into the topic on the back of a national safeguarding agenda placing a focus upon the, too often negative, experiences of vulnerable adolescents, looked after children and others as they transition between children and adult’s provision.
Furthermore, local and national serious child case reviews and safeguarding adult reviews highlighted issues around young people transitioning from different services, education providers and locations and the need for bespoke safeguarding provision for young people transitioning into adulthood. The Chief Social Worker for Adults has recently published a knowledge briefing highlighting that ‘abuse and exploitation does not end at 18 years of age, and yet many of our services for adults are designed to support only those people with ongoing care and support needs.’ The briefing challenges us all to ‘think more widely about our safeguarding responsibilities to young people who find themselves continuing to face harm having lost all the support they once had’.
In Barnet our Safeguarding Adults Board and Children Partnership have come together to review how effectively we identify those young people at risk, what support we currently offer and explore opportunities so that we can share effective and promising practises to positivity impact on young people’s lives and help them to stay safe into adulthood.
Priority actions have been identified and will be monitored through the Vulnerable Adolescents Community Partnership as all the necessary local authority, health, police and VCS stakeholders are represented. The progress of the action plan will be brought back to the Performance and Quality Assurance arm of the BSCP and reported upon within the annual Vulnerable Adolescents strategy.
Our thanks to all that have contributed to this review and most importantly to the young people that have engaged with the review and shared their experiences.
The report can be found here