COMMONS

Challenges of working to protect neglected and older children explored

07 March 2012

During this session the Education Committee will explore the challenges of providing services for neglected and older children. 

Witnesses

Wednesday 7 March 2012 in Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 9.30am

Devon County Council

  • Jennie Stephens, Strategic Director People, Devon County Council
  • Rory McCallum, Head, Child and Adult Protection, Devon County Council

Leeds City Council

  • Nigel Richardson, Director of Children's Services, Leeds City Council
  • Steve Walker, Deputy Director, Safeguarding, Specialist and Targeted Services, Leeds City Council 

At 10.30am

Local Safeguarding Boards

  • Sue Woolmore, Independent Chair, Wigan Safeguarding Children Board & Chair, Independent LSCB Chairs' Network
  • Jane Held, Independent Chair, Leeds and Birmingham Safeguarding Children Boards  

Purpose of the session

This is the sixth session in the Committee's inquiry into the child protection system, and the second since the Committee refocused the scope of the inquiry. The aim of today's session is to hear from local authority children's services about the challenges in providing services for neglected and older children, and to explore with them the thresholds they apply in accepting or rejecting child protection referrals. The first panel consists of Directors of Children's Services and their heads of initial response teams. The second panel consists of Independent Chairs of Local Safeguarding Children Boards.

Further Information 

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