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Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:40 pm on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Laura Trott Laura Trott Conservative, Sevenoaks 1:40 pm, 13th March 2020

I very much welcome this piece of legislation, and I pay tribute to Mary Kelly Foy for bringing it forward. Many parents who happen to be watching the House on a Friday afternoon will be surprised that this measure is not already in place. It speaks to the undervaluing of apprenticeships and such forms of education that this issue has not been fixed earlier, so I welcome the Bill.

It is worth dwelling briefly on the fact that “Keeping children safe in education” is a very good piece of guidance to schools, and its extension is important. It is good because it covers issues of safeguarding in the round, rather than looking at one specific thing. It points teachers to training, to provide understanding of the process and of the indicators of abuse. It covers bullying and female genital mutilation, which many teachers may not be as aware of as they are of other things.