Safeguarding Children reports highlight continuing concerns

2009 Hydref 20 4:09 PM

Commenting on the release of the "Safeguarding and protecting children in Wales" reports, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services Peter Black said:"These reports show that although progress is being made there are a number of concerns that indicate that much still needs to be done to safeguard our children." "I am particularly concerned about the gaps in criminal record checking that currently exist.

This should not be an area where mistakes should be allowed to be made and is just a matter of ensuring the effort is put in to make sure processes are completed quickly.

"There are also recent examples where communication failures between local councils, the health service and the police have put children at risk. These may get worse as a result of bigger health boards being more distant from local Councils and so efforts need to be made to prevent that happening. "There are also concerns about the shortage of social workers in children's social services which means that many councils are relying on agency staff and struggling to provide a comprehensive service. "The Minister needs to outline how she plans on taking this report forward to fix the gaps that currently exist within the system and address the issues that are highlighted."

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