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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.
Any new Government has choices about the priority it gives to improving the lives of children and young people and the Queen’s Speech included a number of measures which make a positive start.
I have been advised by the Department for Education that they now judge our contract with Sue Berelowitz to lead the inquiry into child sexual abuse within the family context to fall outside Government rules and have therefore cancelled it.
The new Government has the opportunity to truly commit to improving the lives of all children in England over the next five years.
The exploitation of children for sex is a horrific crime which must be stopped and this is why I am a strong supporter of the National Awareness Day.