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Children First: the child protection system in England: Responses from the Government and Ofsted to the Committee's Fourth Report of Session 2012–13

The Government would like to thank the Committee for its very thorough enquiry into child protection. The Committee’s report is a welcome contribution to the current debate on child protection reform. While the report recognises many recent positive developments, it also identifies some areas for the Government and local agencies to consider so we can strengthen the child protection system further.

The Committee has provided us with a thoughtful analysis of these problems and the 40 recommendations make a number of constructive and creative proposals for the Government to consider. Below we have set out under each recommendation our initial response. The report is much more than the sum of its recommendations. It presents a coherent analysis of where the current system is failing children, including particular groups of children, and our reforms need to be similarly coherent.