Working Together to Safeguard Children

Response of the Association of Lawyers for Children to the public consultation on the draft statutory guidance “Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2010”

The ALC welcomes this draft amended Guidance as part of the Government’s overall response to Lord Laming’s 2008 Progress Report. We also welcome the extent to which Government has accepted and committed to implement the 58 recommendations from Lord Laming. This amended Guidance is intended to constitute the Government’s response to a number of those recommendations, as set out in the consultation paper.

We are concerned that the inclusion of these matters in the Guidance, while welcome, must be seen as the beginning and not the end of the process of responding to the important matters raised by Lord Laming. It is essential that implementation of these changes is the subject of sufficient resourcing, training and monitoring to ensure that change really happens.

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