Royal Colleges welcome Government move on Laming recommendations
Published: 16 March 2009
Responding to Lord Laming’s report, The Protection of Children in England: A Progress Report, Dr. Peter Carter, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said:
“This report reinforces what we’ve been saying for years; cases like Baby P come about because child protection is sometimes not a top priority for those who fund health and social services. Health professionals want to receive regular child protection training, but their employers do not set aside the necessary time and money for it to happen.
“It is also clear that where agencies do not work closely together, children are not adequately protected from abuse or neglect. We welcome the fact that the government has moved quickly to accept all of the Laming recommendations and the intention is absolutely right. However, we now need to move quickly to ensure that every single recommendation is implemented in every part of the country.
“Both Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and RCN have already been working together with Government to develop guidance, training and networks to share best practice between professionals working in child protection. We look forward to working closely with government to ensure that every health and social service professional involved in child protection has all of the necessary training opportunities and support to do the best possible job.”
Notes to Editors
Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the voice of nursing across the UK and is the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world. The RCN promotes the interest of nurses, healthcare assistants and patients on a wide range of issues and helps shape healthcare policy by working closely with the UK Government and other national and international institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.