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SCHOOLS TO BE FORCED TO WATCH AT RISK PUPILS

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The government is being pressed to impose a statutory responsibility on all schools to have a child protection poli...
The government is being pressed to impose a statutory responsibility on all schools to have a child protection policy.

The pressure has grown following the death of six-year-old Lauren Wright whose four stone weight loss and bruising before she died went unreported.

Stephen Timms, minister for school standards, said the government would publish a consultation document on revising a Department for Education & Skills circular which advises school staff on the procedures in case of suspected abuse.

Mr Timms said the circular was backed up by the duty of Ofsted inspectors to review pupils' welfare provisions, including arrangements for child protection.

Mr Timms said: 'We are reflecting carefully on whether to introduce changes to the education bill.'
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