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Child Abuse

Volume 122: debated on Tuesday 10 November 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what extra resources his Department is making available to deal with the problem of child abuse.

Expenditure on services for children, including child abuse work, is discussed each year in the social services expenditure sub-group. The sub-group's report is taken into account in the annual rate support grant settlement. Expenditure on these services is, however, a matter for local authority decision in the light of local needs and priorities. The Department will shortly be discussing with directors of social services in Wales the extent of training needs for staff dealing with child abuse.