MPs take evidence on safeguarding young people and childcare issues

27 November 2013

This is the second oral evidence session conducted by the Education Committee to continue the inquiry into residential children's homes in England on Wednesday 27 November 2013.


Wednesday 27 November 2013, The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

  • Superintendent Laurence Taylor, Sussex Police
  • Chief Constable Patrick Geenty, Wiltshire Police, ACPO lead on missing people
  • Jane Booth, Independent Chair, Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board
  • Iryna Pona, Policy Adviser, The Children’s Society

At 10.30am

  • Kamran Abassi, Service Development Director, Advanced Childcare
  • Andrew Webb, President of ADCS and Corporate Director, Services for People, Stockport Council
  • Tim Parlow, Senior LAC/SEN Category Manager,  North London Strategic Alliance (NLSA)

Purpose of the session

The first part of the session focuses on safeguarding children and young people, particularly in out of authority placements. It looks at preventing and responding to children who run away and go missing from care, the importance of multi-agency working, and the role of Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCBs). The second part of the session looks at the commercial aspects of providing residential child care. It focuses on the commissioning of placements and the ownership of residential children’s homes.

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