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----- Original Message -----
From: david@ukfamilylawreform.co.uk
To: officeofmarklancaster@parliament.uk
Sent: Monday, October 21, 2013 8:26 PM
Subject: Re: Who are their policies designed to protect children from?

Hi Mark,

This legislation was consolidated in the Children and Young Peoples Act 1933 and the Children Act 1989.

These are the national implementation of Articles 3 and 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Section 1(1) of the Children and Young People Act 1933 is UN Article 19(1) Protection of Children from Violence. The sentencing guidance for the offence is UN Article 19(2) Prevention of Violence Towards Children, as cited from the recent Munro Review of Child Protection.

The state is required to provide social programmes to support families in preventing child neglect and abuse. These are specified under section 4 Part 1 Schedule 2 Children Act 1989 and include services to families under Part III (section 4(1)).

The services are provided in an integrated manner, as described in section 3 Child Care Act 2006. Provision is based on the section 1(3) Children Act 1989, the welfare checklist, and Working Together to Safeguard Children.

The services are intended to meet the the child's learning and development requirements of section 41(3) and the welfare regulations of section 43(1). This is UN Article 3, the best interests of the child following section 1 - 5 and Schedule A1 Mental Capacity Act 2005.

That is child care and protection law in the UK.

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: david@ukfamilylawreform.co.uk
To: officeofmarklancaster@parliament.uk
Sent: Friday, October 18, 2013 7:52 PM
Subject: Re: Who are their policies designed to protect children from?

Hi Mark,

There is a single child neglect and abuse offense. The offence is child cruelty under section 1(1) Children and Young Peoples Act 1933.

This offence, in the criminal law, is exactly mirrored in the definitions of child neglect and abuse in Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013).

The offence, and the definitions in Working Together, are negligence offences. They are in respect to the negligence of the person with responsibility for the child when the child is a victim of an offence.

Under section 1(2) a state's official is expressly liable for the offence and under section 17 a person with parental responsibility or with care of the child is expressly liable.

According to a recent Parliamentary briefing memoranda there are no prosecutions explicitly in respect to sections 1(2) and 17. If this neglect and abuse data were published it would become clearly apparent to all that the UK Government has not one iota of interest in child protection.

At a more sophisticated level, prosecution of the offence is the evidential basis of evidence based health and welfare policy (see Cartwright, Nancy and Munro, Eileen (2010) The limitations of randomized controlled trials in predicting effectiveness. Journal of evaluation in clinical practice, 16 (2). pp. 260-266. ISSN 1356-1294, http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28826/)

Professor Eileen Munro is, of course the government's child protection advisor.

Best regards Dave

Presumed guilty of domestic violence on a balance of probability

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