'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.
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.