Child Abuse (North Wales)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 17th June 1996.

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Photo of Dr Norman Godman Dr Norman Godman , Greenock and Port Glasgow 3:31 pm, 17th June 1996

The right hon. Gentleman mentioned the Secretary of State for Scotland's watching brief. Is there not a particular need to pay close attention to the, admittedly small, number of children who, when placed in care, are sent from one country to another within the United Kingdom? Several years ago, the children of a family living in the west of Scotland were sent to a home in the north-east of England, owned and managed by a religious order, where they were systematically abused. Is it the case that a social worker working with such a family has ready and unannounced access to such homes in England and Wales, or in Northern Ireland?