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Keeping child protection a top priority

Monday, October 11, 2010

Meg Munn MP was recently the main speaker at a meeting organised by the NSPCC entitled ‘Keeping Child Protection a Top Priority’. Other speakers included a representative of the NSPCC and a former advisor to the last Labour Education Secretary. The meeting was chaired by Mary Riddell, a Daily Telegraph journalist.


Meg argued that the history of this issue has been of periodic crises followed by intense activity, a process that has badly affected the ability of those working in this field to be effective in protecting children. She went on to say that child protection is rarely a top priority, that we need sustained effort to improve the ways we protect children. 


While she welcomed the review that is currently being carried out by Professor Eileen Munro there is nevertheless a great deal of concern that the Government has already taken a number of steps which will have a negative impact. Meg outlined why she had formed the All Party Parliamentary Child Protection Group, with the support of the NSPCC, to ensure that parliamentarians are fully briefed on child protection issues. 


Over 60 people attended the meeting and many went on to put their questions to the panel. These included specific areas of concern such as the vulnerability of deaf children, as well as wider issues such as training, regulation and the impact of cuts.


Meg said:


"As a former children’s services manager I am very aware of the risks to children and am keen that we use every avenue to raise the profile of child protection issues. The NSPCC are to be congratulated for organising this event."


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