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Child protection assessed in York


3:45pm 2nd March 2012

MPs from the House of Commons Education Committee will visit York next week (5th and 6th March) to gather evidence for two inquiries: teacher recruitment, training and retention, and child protection.

Members of the cross-party committee, which is tasked with scrutinising the work of the Department for Education, will talk to teachers, trainee teachers and students, before holding a Q&A session from 3pm at the Guildhall for local residents. Members of the public are invited to ask MPs questions on Parliament and the role of Select Committees, as well as on topics across the Committee's remit - which includes schools and colleges, childcare, children's services, and wider education and family issues.  

"The visit is all part of an inquiry we're conducting into what makes a really great teacher, and how to get and keep more of them," explained Mr Stuart, Committee chair. "No-one is better qualified to help us get answers to those big questions than teachers and pupils themselves, which is why we're so looking forward to hearing from them, and the wider Yorkshire community, on 5 March."

Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet member for Education, Children and Young People's Services, City of York Council, said:

"It's testament to the hard work, skill and dedication of teachers and social care professionals in York that the Education Committee has chosen to visit the city. I'm delighted that they will have the opportunity to hear first hand about the work we do with partners to protect and support children and young people and ensure that York is one of the best places in the country for them to grow up."

On Tuesday, the MPs will meet with representatives from City of York Council's 'Excellent' Children's Services team and partners to hear about York's child protection system and in particular the new, innovative Childrens Advice & Assessment Service.  This service (also known as the Childrens Front Door) provides a single point of contact for anyone who has a concern about a child or young person, regardless of the nature of the concern or the age of the child.  This multi agency service including local authority, health and Police colleagues ensures  that the right children, young people and families get the right help at the right time.

The child protection inquiry will specifically focus on three principal areas:

  • The impact of neglect and the long term consequences of delaying intervention where there is evidence of neglect;
  • Protecting young people, particularly aged 15 - 19;
  • Thresholds for intervention, particularly when taking children into care and for adoption.
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