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DO NOT REPEAL Children Act 2004 duty to co-operate to safeguard children

Comment 20th July 2010

All the signs are that vulnerable children are not a priority for this govt. Look at the DfE website – the home page has no mention of children's social care, not even a link. Every Child Matters is no longer the guiding document on children's matters and Safeguarding is being dismantled as a concept. The one ray of hope for those of us who work with and care about the most vulnerable children is that there has been no mention of repealing the Children Act. Most important to preserve is the duty on all kinds of agencies – not only those that deal directly with children but also thoase that, in dealing with adults or providing general services to the public may come across children at risk.

Why does this matter?

Huge progress has been made to improve the systems that protect our children. Much more needs to be done but I fear this govt has no enthusiasm for this and could even go backwards.

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