Liberty urges the Prime Minister to scrap plans allowing councils to opt out of child protection obligations following defeat in the Lords

08 November 2016

In response to Peers voting against Government plans to allow local councils to opt out of over 80 years of child protection legislation, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said:

“Our child protection laws are the result of a century of learning, public debate and parliamentary scrutiny – but, with no research or proper consultation, this Government has decided they are dispensable.

“Well done to the Lords for doing the Government’s job, listening to the concerns of social workers and campaigners, and standing up for children’s rights. If the Prime Minister really wants a country that works for everyone, she must now prove it by scrapping this dangerous and undemocratic plan once and for all.”


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