Duncan Lewis

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UKBA to be statutorily bound by duty to safeguard the welfare of children the DCSF and Home Office announce

Date: (9 January 2013)    |    

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The DCSF and the Home Office have announced that the UK Border Agency will have a statutory duty to safeguard the welfare of children. The change will be introduced in a new Immigration Act to be introduced in the next session of Parliament.
The announcement has followed after lobbying during the passage of the Children and Young Person Bill when MPs and pressure groups had given a call for the agency to be subject to the same duties as other agencies as under s11 of the Children Act 2004.
Under the act section 11, the Metropolitan Police Services (MPS) would continue to safeguard the children of London and promote their welfare, obligations which have become a statutory duty under section 11 of the Children’s Act 2004.
The MPS would work in partnership with the local Authorities in London, through membership of the children’s trusts and Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) to ensure that the following five ECM outcomes are achieved: Be healthy stay safe Enjoy and Achieve, Make a positive contribution and Achieve Economic well being.
This Act applies to all police officers, Community Support officers, members of Special Constabulary operational police staff, including SRO’s and forensic scene examiners.
The move was announced in a joint statement to Parliament from Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, and Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.
After the announcement by the DCF and the Home Office, UKBA would also be bound by sec 11 of the Act.
Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. Section 11 will play an important role in helping to reaffirm and embed this responsibility in the work of key agencies which have contact with children and young people.
The duty sits within the wider context of the Every Child Matters: Change for Children programme.

 

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