Child Protection - Further Information

Further information on the Education Committee's inquiry into the Child Protection System in England, including all written and oral evidence

Initial Inquiry

In July 2011 the Committee undertook an inquiry into the Child Protection system in England

Written evidence

The Committee accepted as evidence 99 written submissions from a wide range of individuals and organisations. It received a number of submissions describing individual cases where a child had been removed from their family: some of these were accepted as written evidence, others were taken as background papers.

Oral evidence sessions 

19 October 2011 - Key challenges for the child protection system

Witnesses: John Goldup, National Director, Development and Strategy, Ofsted, Jim Gamble, former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and Professor Harriet Ward, University of Loughborough, Professor Nina Biehal, University of York and Dr Marian Brandon, University of East Anglia

2 November 2011 - Identifying abuse and supporting children

Witnesses: Dr Richard Quirk, GP Safeguarding Children, Emma Grove, Headteacher, George Green School, Tower Hamlets, Theresa Lane, Headteacher, Rachel McMillan Nursery School and Sue Minto, Head of Childline, John Cameron, Head of NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) Adult helpline and Joe Ferns, Director of Research, The Samaritans

30 November 2011 - 'Specialised' forms of abuse and children in particular situations

Witnesses: Joanna Sharpen, Aganist Violence and Abuse (AVA), Kathy Rowe, Karma Nirvana, Colin Walker, ECPAT UK (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes), Prospera Tedam, Africans Unite Aganist Child Abuse, and Judith Dennis, Refugee Council, Andy McCullough, Railway Children, Christine Leneham, Council for Disabled Children and Mark Johnson, User Voice

13 December 2011- Thresholds for care and adoption

Witnesses: Martin Narey, Government Adviser on Adoption and John Hemming MP, Founder and Chairman, Justice for Families

11 January 2012 - View from the children's charities

Witnesses: Phillip Noyes, NSPCC, Kate Wallace, Barnardo's and Enver Solomon, The Children's Society

7 March 2012 - View from the local authorities

Witnesses: Jennie Stephens, Devon County Council and Rory McCallum, Devon County Council and Nigel Richardson, Leeds City Council and Steve Walker, Leeds City Council, Sue Woolmore, Independent Chair, Wigan Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) & Chair, Independent LSCB Chairs' Network and Jane Held, Independent Chair, Leeds and Birmingham Safeguarding Children Boards

16 May 2012 - Police, health and social work structures

Witnesses: Peter Davies, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and Dame Moira Gibb CBE, Social Work Reform Board (SWRB), Dr Folashade Alu, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)   

22 May 2012 - Professor Eileen Munro; the role of the courts

Witnesses: Professor Eileen Munro, Professor of Social Policy, LSE and Anthony Douglas, CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service), District Judge Nicholas Crichton

12 June 2012 - The Government view

Witness: Tim Loughton MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, Department for Education 


The Committee conducted a number of visits: summary notes will be published as annexes to the final report:

  • Independent children's homes in Barnsley (October 2011)
  • Silverdale school in North Tyneside (December 2011)
  • NSPCC Adult Helpline and ChildLine (March 2012)
  • Tower Hamlets children's services (March 2012)
  • York children's services (March 2012) 
  • Doncaster children's services (March 2012)