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CHILDREN 'STILL AT RISK' DESPITE WATERHOUSE REPORT

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Childcare experts have warned that prompt action is needed if the 'historical' opportunities presented by the Water...
Childcare experts have warned that prompt action is needed if the 'historical' opportunities presented by the Waterhouse report into abuse at north Wales care homes are not to be wasted.

Agencies and charities, including Childline Cymru, Voices from Care and Barnado's have welcomed the establishment of a children's commissioner for Wales, but have expressed concern that not enough is being done to improve standards of care for vulnerable children and young people.

In a letter to The Western Mail (p10), 12 leading childcare experts warn that while Waterhouse had the potential to be a 'watershed', children are still being put at risk.

'We and many other informed professionals currently working in the children's services field are left with an overwhelming sense of lost opportunities,' the letter says.

'When future generations reflect upon the impact of this highly expensive inquiry this generation will, rightly in our view, be indicted for our failure to ensure that Waterhouse represented a watershed in the way in which we care for our most deprived and damaged children.'
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