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Health Visitors

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on the role of health visitors in safeguarding children; (244521)

(2) what assessment he has made of the contribution that health visitors make towards safeguarding children.

Ministers and officials of the Department and the Department for Children, Schools and Families have regular discussions about all aspects of safeguarding children. Health visitors, like all health professionals working directly with children, have a responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare.