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Clause 233

Part of Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:15 am on 26th March 2009.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools) 9:15 am, 26th March 2009

I have listened carefully to the Minister. She has made a compelling case for why parents need to be informed automatically, but there is also a compelling case in the small minority of cases that she refers to where the consequence of reporting the incident could be very serious for the child—extremely serious. Is there not a compromise that can be reached where there is an automatic process for reporting? If a head teacher has concerns, could the reporting be made to someone in the social services department who may or may not know the parent? If they know the parent, that is dealt with. That could count as telling the parent. If they do not know the parent, it could trigger a case conference and initial inquiries to see whether it would be safe to tell the parent. In such circumstances, the child would be protected. It would be a pity if we passed the legislation and as a direct consequence a child dies.