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ASSEMBLY'S RESPONSE TO LOST IN CARE IS PUBLISHED

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The national assembly for Wales response to Lost In Care, the report of the north Wales child abuse tribunal of inq...
The national assembly for Wales response to Lost In Care, the report of the north Wales child abuse tribunal of inquiry has been published today and is also on the assembly's web-site, http/www.Wales.gov.uk/polinfo/social/social e.htm.

The response, from assembly secretary for health and social services Jane Hutt and assembly secretary for education and children Rosemary Butler sets out the assembly's current position in light of the inquiry as well as indicating the work that is already in progress.

The response also takes into account the views of the health and social services and pre-16 education committees as well as the feedback at the conference that was held on the report on May 2.

Jane Hutt said: 'Everyone who has read the report has been shocked and moved by the story it has to tell. The Assembly is wholly committed to ensuring that such events do not happen again in the system of public care for children in Wales.'

Rosemary Butler said: 'Everyone in a position of responsibility must learn the lessons, ensure that changes are made wherever necessary and be vigilant in ensuring that the highest standards are maintained now and in the future.'

Jane Hutt continued: 'The assembly will take work forward under three broad headings of listening to children, safeguarding children and better services for children. The assembly will establish an independent children's commissioner for Wales to give children a voice and will improve arrangements at all levels for involving children in decisions which affect their lives.'

The response to the report sets out the action in hand or to be taken on each of the 72 recommendations.

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