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'Wales needs robust and effective child protection procedures to safeguard children', Welsh minister for health and...
'Wales needs robust and effective child protection procedures to safeguard children', Welsh minister for health and social services Jane Hutt said when she attended the North Wales launch of the All Wales Child Protection Procedures on Friday.

The Area Child Protection Committees from across Wales worked together to produce the procedures which were officially launched at the national assembly last month. At the launch the minister thanked them for their commitment saying that this is a positive example of the benefits and merits of inter-agency co-operation.

Speaking at the launch she said: 'The Welsh assembly government places children's issues amongst its top priorities and a key element in promoting children's health and welfare is to have robust and effective child protection procedures. Although it is now 2 years since the Waterhouse Report, 'Lost in Care', was published the messages contained in it remain as strong as ever and we continue to work towards implementing many of the recommendations.

'More recently we published the Carlile Report, 'Too Serious a Thing' and although this review looked at a different sector to that covered by Waterhouse many of the messages are the same - the need for professionals and agencies to work together, the need for them to share information and the need for a consistent approach to children's safeguards.

'The initiative for these procedures came not from the assembly but from those working in the field. It was they who recognised and put in to practice the principle that one of the fundamental ways of improving outcomes, in terms of welfare and safety for the most vulnerable children in Wales, is for agencies to work together.

'The assembly government will take a lead on child protection issues where this is necessary but I am keen to promote collaborative working and to encourage innovative ideas across all sectors. These procedures set out common standards for all of Wales to guide work in child protection, to make it clear how agencies can and should work together and to make sure that practice is consistent and of high quality.

'I have no hesitation in welcoming the publication of the All Wales Child Protection Procedures and I am sure that they will make a positive contribution to child protection in Wales. I also hope that this is just the start of continued co-operation between child protection agencies in Wales. I believe that it is through initiatives such as this that we can secure the best outcomes for children in Wales.'

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