Child Welfare Debates In Parliament This Week


Open debate will give a much needed boost to problems that have for too long been swept under carpets and ignored by the Establishment. Questions have been sidelined by too many with power to make a difference – now they have been shamed into mobility and are fluttering like so many headless chickens, but as long as they can be made to focus on the main issues we might get some answers.

Researching Reform

The 18th January was a busy day for child welfare matters in the House of Commons.

As Britain moves forward with plans to leave the EU, questions are now being asked about cross border agency information sharing, especially in relation to child protection.

Yesterday, ministers discussed how leaving the EU might affect Britain’s security, law enforcement and its criminal justice system.  Home Affairs Committee Chair, Yvette Cooper, asked whether the government planned to try to keep its Europol membership. Europol has worked closely with the Met in order to protect children from child abuse and exploitation.

The child abuse inquiry also continues to dominate Commons’ discussions.

In another debate, Ann Clwyd MP asked if the Home Department would take steps to encourage survivors of non recent child abuse to share their experience with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. (And Ann, it is non recent rather than historic abuse, a term survivors and victims…

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