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Q&A for the Child Protection All-Party Group

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The following was published in the House Magazine as part of a roundup of the many different All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) active in Parliament. Meg initiated and Chairs the Child Protection APPG.



What is the purpose of the Child Protection all-party group?


To raise the profile of child protection in Parliament, keeping MPs and Peers informed and up to date with current legislation and policy and practice. The group looks for opportunities where action can be taken to investigate and influence policy.



How do you engage with ministers and other parliamentarians?


We hold regular meetings for members and invite external organisations to discuss issues with parliamentarians.  We aim to engage with ministers as often as possible inviting them to meetings to gain a closer insight into their work and to influence their thinking.



What have you achieved since the start of this parliament?


In 2011 the Group held an inquiry into the Government’s proposed changes to the vetting and barring and criminal records disclosure systems.  We heard evidence from child protection groups, volunteer organisations and the relevant home office minister. The report was used by parliamentarians in debates and helped secure changes to the scheme increasing the protection of children.


We have ensured that MPs and Peers have had relevant information to take part in questions and debates on issues such as the Monroe review of social work, Ofsted inspections and to scrutinise properly the Education Act 2011.



What are your goals for the rest of the parliament?


An inquiry is under way into the proposed family justice reforms which will be in the Children and Families Bill. The aim is to provide a report of constructive recommendations in time for the Bill to be scrutinised in Parliament.


Plans are also in place to discuss the recommendations made by Action for Children’s review of child neglect with the new Children’s Minister Edward Timpson.


Continuing to promote a better understanding of child protection issues is a key goal as the furore around the media and the late Jimmy Savile obscures some of the changes that could be made now.  This includes continuing to engage positively with Ofsted where changes to its inspection process have created concerns about the monitoring of safeguarding in schools.


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