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more controversy over proposed streamlining of statutory guidance on child protection

30 July 2012

Two more organisations have expressed concern about the effect of the proposed changes to Safeguarding Statutory Guidance.

Their particular concern appears to be that local authorities with limited resources might allow long delays in investigating referrals thereby leaving children at risk in dangerous situations for longer. They are also concerned that Children in Need, such as the disabled, homeless and trafficked children may have their needs unaddressed for much longer.

When these reforms come in, as they inevitably will, it will be essential that each local authority:-

  • sets out what its own guidelines are
  • gives all staff members thorough training in them
  • makes sure the resources are there
If not, both claims and challenges will inevitably follow. They will not be defensible unless councils can evidence proper policy and training procedures. The statutory consultation closes on 4th September.

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