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The Protection of Children in England: A Progress Report

lamingVia Community Care I see that the newly published Laming Report makes two recommendations that may be of interest to readers of this blog.

  • All police, probation, adult mental health and adult drug and alcohol services should understand referral processes.
  • The Department for Children, Schools and Families should establish statutory representation on Local Safeguarding Children Boards from schools, adult mental health and adult drug and alcohol services.

The report reminds us:

an estimated 250,000 – 350,000 children have parents who are problematic drug users, and around 1.3 million children live with parents who are thought to misuse alcohol. In this context, it is vital that professional staff working with adults are trained to identify and assess the needs of, and risk of harm to, children and young people.

The report itself can be downloaded here.

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