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Child Safety Strategy Published

Magazine article Public Finance

Child Safety Strategy Published

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The government has launched a plan setting out how it will meet its new Public Service Agreement on improving children's safety.

The 'Staying Safe Action Plan', published on February 5, outlines measures to keep children safe from neglect, abuse, accidents, bullying, crime and antisocial behaviour, and to provide them with a safe and stable home environment.

It follows the Children's Plan, published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families in December, and sets out steps for departments across government But a DCSF spokeswoman confirmed that no specific funding had been announced with the plan.

Launching the document, Schools Secretary Ed Balls highlighted measures aimed at making it easier for teachers to organise school trips safely, but without fear of legal action in case of accidents. 'We should not let a fear of a compensation culture prevent pupils from learning outside the classroom,' he said.

The document includes a commitment to publish research on joint working between children's and housing services, new guidance on child employment and on bullying and plans for a new 'safeguarding unit' for voluntary organisations working with children. …

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