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ACC SEEKS VIEWS ON CHILD SAFETY

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County councils, local education authorities and directors of social services are being targeted by the ACC for the...
County councils, local education authorities and directors of social services are being targeted by the ACC for their views on child safety as part of a wide-ranging consultation exercise.

The association is consulting on measures to protect children living away from home, particularly those in children's homes, foster care and even boarding schools.

The consultation exercise is aimed at establishing whether the 1989 Children Act is effective, and if the existing safeguards are stringent enough. The result of the review will be presented to William Utting who has been asked by the secretary of state for health to investigate children's safety.

Jack Bury, chairman of the ACC's social services committee, speaking during the association's final annual conference in Eastbourne, said: 'We want all those concerned with child safety in county councils to come forward with their views. We want a national picture of whether the rules are working, whether they are tight enough, and whether there can be improvements.

'The protection of children, especially those who are vulnerable, is the prime concern of social services and education services alike.'

Local authorities have until 25th November to make their views knows.

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