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Children: Abuse

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, columns 2220-1W, on children: abuse, if he will take steps to ensure that his Department’s guidance on reporting alleged abuse to a local authority designated officer makes clear that this obligation is not specified in primary legislation. (204988)

The guidance “Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education” sets out, in paragraphs 1.6 to 1.12, the relevant legislation pertaining to this subject. This guidance is relevant for the purposes of section 157 (and the regulations made under that section) and section 175 of the Education Act 2002. All schools, including independent schools, should use the guidance to ensure they have effective safeguarding systems in place, which include the notification of local authority designated officers.