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Child Protection

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 29 January 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government who has authority to approve or disapprove an organisation's child protection policy. [HL657]

Each local safeguarding children board (LSCB), as one of its core functions, must have in place policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in their area. These should be agreed by the LSCB members but ultimate responsibility for signing them off lies with the LSCB chair. Similarly, it will be the responsibility of the person who is the most senior manager of any organisation to approve its child protection policy. This policy should be in accordance with the policies of the local safeguarding children board.