Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect

Response to Home Office and DfE

ASCL agrees that that every child deserves to be protected from abuse and neglect. Schools and colleges have an essential part to play in helping to keep children safe and take very seriously their role in deterring, preventing and detecting abuse. This is best achieved when schools and colleges create a strong culture of safeguarding across the whole institution which enables and encourages staff to use their professional judgement.

We welcome this consultation and the reforms to the child protection system that are already taking place. It is right that government acknowledges that the scale and changing nature of child abuse demands a significant and sustainable transformation in its approach to protecting children.

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