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Children: Protection

Question for Department for Education

UIN 203198, tabled on 1 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the UK's child protection legislation; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

7 July 2014

Professor Eileen Munro undertook a wide-ranging independent review of the child protection system in England reporting in 2011. This review looked at the system as a whole, including the adequacy of the child protection legislation. The Department for Education has since clarified the legislation through the revised statutory safeguarding guidance, ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013' so all organisations working with vulnerable children know what the law says they and others must do.

The Department will continue to monitor the current legislation and review options to strengthen the system to keep children safe.

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