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Giving Children the Best Start in Life

Measures being taken to reduce the number of looked after children in South Tyneside will be detailed at the next meeting of the People Select Committee.

A report will be presented to members outlining how the council is trying to lower the number of looked after children by safely preventing them from entering the care system.

The rate of looked after children in the Borough is higher than both North East and England averages and has increased in the last year. This is partly reflective of the rising levels of child protection activity.

Cllr John McCabe, Chair of the People Select Committee, said: "Evidence tells us that generally, outcomes for children who are in care are significantly worse than for those who aren't - particularly for older children.

"It is a key priority of the council to safely reduce the number of looked after children in the Borough.

"I am interested to learn more about how Children's Services is resolving the issue."

 

 

The next meeting of the People Select Committee will be held on Tuesday July 17 at South Shields Town Hall. All are welcome.

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