The Education Select Committee has published a report following a recent inquiry into whether the child protection system in England is functioning properly.
The points include:
- That the child protection system is failing to meet the needs of older children. The committee is calling for changes to ensure that all children are treated as children and that their interests are put ﬁrst
- Evidence that children are left too long in harmful situations. The committee is calling for better training for all front-line professionals in child development and the long-term consequences of neglect
- Recommendations to ensure that the referrals process makes better use of intelligence from teachers and doctors. The report calls for improved co-ordination between agencies, including multi-agency training and greater clarity in guidance over data-sharing