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19 August 2002




Health visitors and community nurses have welcomed the government’s announcement that it would ‘ratchet up’ child protection measures following the murder of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells.
The director of the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association, Mark Jones said today (Monday, 19 August):
‘The deaths of the two Soham schoolgirls underlines, in the most horrific fashion, the need to review child protection measures. We applaud the announcement by government minister, Beverley Hughes that enhanced measures would be designed to maximise protection.’
‘These murders highlight the need for health professionals to work closely with social services so that a similar ghastly event such as that experienced by the families of Jessica and Holly is, as far as humanly possible, never allowed to happen again.’
Mark Jones was not in favour of the publication of the Sex Offenders’ Register to the general public.
‘Those that need to know about those on the Sex Offenders’ Register already do. To allow it to be open for all to inspect would open up the issue of human rights and possibly lead to self-appointed vigilantes meting out summary justice by taking the law into their own hands.’
The key factor is that where police checks are required when a person takes up an appointment they are properly and thoroughly carried out.’
  • The CPHVA is holding a conference called Modernising Child Protection in London on 16 September.



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The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union