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Child Abuse (Report)

Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Ayrshire of 22 November 1982, Official Report, c. 400, if he will detail any action taken on each of the recommendations relating to Scotland in the report "Child Abuse: A study of Inquiry Reports 1973–81"; and what recommendations he has made, or proposes to make, to the appropriate authorities arising from these recommendations.

The report does not make any recommendations, although it attempts to identify from an analysis of reports on child abuse inquiries (mostly in England) general lessons for practice in this field. Local authorities and other bodies are likely to find the report of interest, but my right hon. Friend does not propose to make any specific recommendations to them at this stage. My department is having discussions with social work interests about the issues arising from child abuse cases in Scotland.