Concern raised over training in children’s homes

    Lord Filkin, parliamentary under secretary of state for children
    and families, indicated today that he is concerned about the
    standard of staff training in some children’s homes,
    writes Amy Taylor.

    Speaking at a the launch of a manifesto for children, written by
    a coalition of children’s charities, Filkin said that he was
    looking at staff training in children’s homes and told his
    audience that they could “read between the lines” as to
    why this was.

    Annette Brooke MP, Liberal Democrats spokesperson for children,
    who was also at the launch, said that the government needed to
    launch a strategy on private children’s homes.

    The manifesto for children contains a series of recommendations
    concerning areas where the charities claim children’s rights
    are being breached, based on the standards set up by the United
    Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

    The recommendations include ensuring that children that are in
    trouble with the law are treated as children in need of protection
    and support and for priority to be given to raising the educational
    attainment of looked-after children.

    A survey, also launched at the event and carried out by the
    coalition, found that nine out of 10 people think vulnerable
    children should be an election priority.

    The coalition is made up of Barnardo’s, NSPCC, The
    Children’s Society, NCH and Save the Children.

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