Portsmouth safeguarding board is praised by children’s minister

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THE children’s minister has praised Portsmouth City Council for its strategy to tackle child sexual exploitation.

Edward Timpson was speaking at the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) conference in the capital.

It comes as South Yorkshire Police continue to carry out an investigation into allegations of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

Mr Timpson said: ‘Safeguarding children is, and always will be, one of the most important jobs in any society.

‘And it’s because we recognise the importance of the role, that Ofsted has started reviewing the performance of LSCBs.

‘It’s fair to say that their first reports show a really mixed picture.

‘Let’s start with the good – they found some great examples of LSCBs which are doing fantastic work.

‘In Portsmouth, for example, the inspectorate found a strong use of data across agencies to scrutinise front-line performance, effective handling of serious case reviews, and the development of a good strategy to tackle child sexual exploitation, in which the Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board played a crucial role.’

Julien Kramer is the interim head of education at Portsmouth City Council.

He said: ‘He states Portsmouth has very strong and robust measures in place, particularly looking after its young people well.

‘That’s good news to have that recognition.’