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Child Protection

Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many recommendations by Lord Laming in his report on Victoria ClimbiƩ shown as achievable within three months have been initiated; which have not been initiated; and for what reason. [114732]

There are 46 recommendations in the Victoria ClimbiƩ Inquiry report which are viewed by Lord Laming as being achievable within three months. Thirty-eight of these were included in the checklist of good practice recommendations sent to police, health and social services by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health on 28 January 2003. A copy of this list is available in the Library. These were also included in the self-audit tools which were issued subsequently by the Commission for Health Improvement and the Social Services Inspectorate. The remaining eight recommendations will be covered in our substantive response to the report, to be published shortly as part of the Green Paper on Children at Risk.