Friday, 13 March 2009

Action urged on child protection (Lord Laming Report)

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Child protection must be given higher priority to protect vulnerable young people from abuse, a report has warned.
Lord Laming's review told those working in children's services most of the necessary reforms were in place and that they should "now just do it".
The peer also called for a step change in the way services are run following the deaths of Victoria Climbie and Baby P after months of abuse.
Children's Secretary Ed Balls said he accepted all the new recommendations.
No barrier or bureaucracy should get in the way of keeping children safe, he told MPs in the House of Commons.
Mr Balls, who promised a detailed response to all of Lord Laming's recommendations before the end of next month, appointed Barnardo's head Sir Roger Singleton as the first chief government adviser on the safety of children.
He also announced that ministers would be taking control of Doncaster children's services and appointing a new management team because of concerns over the deaths of seven children through abuse or neglect in the past five years.
In a separate move, the BBC understands the Welsh Assembly is also to intervene in the running of Swansea council's children's services department following two critical reports into its child protection
Victoria's great aunt and boyfriend were jailed for her murder procedures.

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