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Policies to protect vulnerable people in the Staffordshire Moorlands have been agreed

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 27, 2014

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UPDATES to a policy aimed at protecting children and vulnerable adults in the Staffordshire Moorlands have been agreed by district councillors.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's cabinet has agreed to update its Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults Policy in line with its commitment to ensuring the safety and protection of everyone who uses council services.

A spokesman for the authority said: "The council adopted its Child Protection Policy in 2006, but since then statutory guidance has been introduced which makes it necessary to update the policy. In line with best practice, further changes have been proposed to incorporate vulnerable adults."

Councillor Gill Burton, cabinet member for communities, added: "I welcome the proposals set out in this report, which will ensure that the council is in the best position to ensure the safety and protection of everyone using our services.

"The changes to policy reflect national legislation and guidance and will provide clarity for councillors and employees regarding the council's duties."

The proposed policy includes sections on: Advice on areas of concern and responding to concerns; Guidance on photographs; and Good practice guidelines for working with children and vulnerable adults.

Mrs Burton added: "Appropriate training is now set to be provided for all relevant staff and councillors to ensure they are fully aware of their duties under the policy."

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