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National Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Children

Volume 13: debated on Monday 16 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will provide a grant to meet the increasing work load of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; or if he will take steps to ensure that local authority social service children's care departments increase their work in the prevention of non-accidental injuries and deliberate cruelty to children.

The Department already gives financial help to the NSPCC: grants totalling £157,450 were made in 1980–81. Support for the current year is under consideration. The level of social services provision is a matter for the authorities themselves, though we have asked them to bear in mind the need to protect vulnerable groups such as children at risk of abuse.