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Part of Home Department – in the House of Commons on 23rd March 2020.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Secretary of State for the Home Department

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. This is about protecting children, including vulnerable children, but it is also about safeguarding. Everyone has a duty and a responsibility when it comes to safeguarding children. When schools finally reopen, they will play a very important role in making sure that children are protected, that they get back into education and on a stable footing, and that they will not be susceptible and vulnerable to these types of criminal activities.