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ACTION ON CHILD ABUSE NEEDED NOW, SAYS SHADOW MINISTER

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Labour has welcomed the prime minister's announcement of a national inquiry into child abuse, but called for urgent...
Labour has welcomed the prime minister's announcement of a national inquiry into child abuse, but called for urgent action in the interim.

'In recent years there have been a raft of excellent reports detailing how abuse could be stamped out and protection improved for children,' said Alan Milburn, shadow health minister.

'The Warner report, which followed the conviction of Frank Beck, for example, identified loopholes in the system of vetting and recruiting staff.

'It is quite unacceptable that these important recommendations have not been actioned.

'The foot dragging has to be ended if children are to receive the protection they deserve.'

Mr Milburn added that Labour backs proposals to create a general social services councils which would register and vet social care staff in order to protect all vulnerable service users.

Labour is also calling for the currently unregulated small children's homes sector to be made subject to both registration and inspection.

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