Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 12th November 2007.

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Photo of Edward Balls Edward Balls Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 2:30 pm, 12th November 2007

Over the past four years, the Government have introduced new legislation, new guidance and new structures to make children safer and to strengthen the vetting and barring system. The recent cross-government Staying Safe consultation and the new public service agreement to improve children's safety will ensure that children's safety is a top priority. We will shortly introduce the children and young persons Bill to improve further the services for our most vulnerable children, including looked-after children.

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Posted on 13 Nov 2007 1:12 pm (Report this annotation)

As a working parent of a child who has a degree of learning difficulties I would request that this safe guarding of "vulnerable children" also goes as far as considering the safeguarding of them from abuse of other children. My child attended a playscheme where the staff were vetted accordingly but a child who was a know sexual abuser was enabled by services to attend the play scheme.As a result he went onto abuse 2 other children who attended the scheme, one of which was my son.
My view is that there needs to be some thought into policies and processes where playschemes should be made aware or can check if children are a risk to other children. I am aware of the need for confidentiality but this needs to weighed up against the risk to our "most vulnerable children."
Thank you for time and consideration to this point.
(I am unable to give my name at this present time as the case involving my son is presently going to Crown court in December of this year.)