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There are still hundreds of vulnerable children within the Calais camp who have not been properly identified and registered by French authorities, or French charities working on their behalf.
There remain a number of unanswered questions regarding this judgment. The role of the judiciary and their involvement in providing information to serious case reviews needs to be looked at as part of ongoing reform.
I very much welcome the announcement in today’s Queen’s Speech of new legislation to improve the lives and outcomes of children in care and care leavers.
I will not be alone in being shocked by this crime and my sympathies are with her family and friends at this distressing time.
I am hopeful that the ambition shown by the Government in reforming adult prisons today will be reflected in its plans for the children’s secure estate.
It is my firm belief that we have a fantastic opportunity to make considerable progress over the next few years.
We must work together to intervene early, help children to recover and further the life chances of children – especially the most vulnerable.
Children that have experienced trauma will often have physical and emotional scars that remain with them for life, so it is vital that children who are abused get the support they need to help them to recover.
Children who are vulnerable to extremism must be helped to protect themselves and stay safe by being taught the skills and knowledge they need to question ‘twisted ideologies’.
We urge the Chancellor, George Osborne, to undertake a full assessment of the likely impact on children of any revised plans regarding tax and benefits and to avoid any measures that will reduce the ability of low income families to provide for their children’s needs.
I would like to congratulate the thousands of students who received their A’ level results today and wish them the very best for the future, whatever their plans.
I am concerned that the closure of the College of Social Work could damage the profession’s standards and standing and ultimately, affect vulnerable children.