Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Young People, commenting on the Education Select Committee report on the child protection system in England, said:
"The most worrying thing about recent revelations relating to North Wales or Jimmy Savile is the myth that they couldn’t happen again. Today’s report, and the horrific sexual abuse of teenage girls in Rochdale, shows that power relationships are still exploited and young people, particularly girls, are too often ignored or disbelieved when they report abuse. It underlines why the Government is wrong to resist a public inquiry into recent allegations.
"This is the second Education Select Committee report to highlight concerns about children in just a few days. Earlier this week the Committee highlighted a lack of focus on children's policy within the Department. Today’s report raises concerns about the chaotic health reforms and cuts to local authority budget. The Government must take forward its recommendation to monitor the impact on child safety of the current economic situation and cuts in local authority services.
"In addition, the Government needs to set up a single over-arching inquiry to draw together the confusing myriad of investigations now underway into institutional failures over child abuse and set out clear action that is needed."