Steve Myers, Trustee of the Association of Child Protection Professionals, talks to Detective Sergeant Matthew Garland-Collins about safeguarding children in and on the edge of care.

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In today's episode Steve Myers, Trustee of the Association of Child Protection Professionals, talks to Detective Sergeant Matthew Garland-Collins about safeguarding children in and on the edge of care. They discuss the vulnerabilities at play for these children, what Matthew and his team are doing to tackle this problem (in particular the No Wrong Door programme he and his team has adopted), and what all child protection professionals ought to know about how to protect children in and on the edge of care.

Matthew Garland-Collins joined North Yorkshire Police in 2003 initially working on the uniform response team until 2006 when he began work with the Criminal Investigation Department and was promoted to Detective Sergeant (DS) in 2012.

In May 2013 Matthew took the role of Intelligence DS and in 2015 began oversight of police involvement with the No Wrong Door Programme. Since September 2019, Matthew has been the Harm Reduction, Missing from Home and No wrong Door Intelligence Sergeant for North Yorkshire Police, and spends much of his time working with care homes to reduce the number of children going missing across Yorkshire.

Children in care are statistically more likely to be reported as missing, subsequently becoming influenced or groomed by the wrong people; Matthew and his team are working to address why this behavior is occurring so that they can reduce the number of young people going missing.

Steve Myers is Director of Social Sciences at the University of Salford. He is a qualified and registered Social Worker with a background in child protection and youth justice. He has worked in both statutory and voluntary organisations and has been involved with the education and training of social Workers in Higher Education for the past 25 years.

Steve has researched and written about strengths-based and solution-focused practice, and has an interest in working with violent behaviour including sexual violence. He is keen to promote interprofessional CPD for child protection professionals and has developed and delivered several programmes to support this.

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Find out more about Steve Myers at: https://www.salford.ac.uk/health-and-society/our-staff/health-and-society-academics/cxs115

Find out more about the No Wrong Door initiative adopted by the North Yorkshire Police at: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/no-wrong-door

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