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19 August 2002

 

MEASURES TO BOOST TO CHILD PROTECTION WELCOMED

BY HEALTH VISITORS

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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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

For further information, please contact:

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CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA web site: www.msfcphva.org

 

The CPHVA represents 18,000 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UK’s second largest union, on 1 January 2002.

NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

Copies of the survey can be obtained from the amicus/CPHVA health section research officer, Colin Adkins. tel: 020 7505 3167 email: [email protected]

For further information, please contact:

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA web site: www.msfcphva.org

 

The CPHVA represents 18,000 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UK’s second largest union, on 1 January 2002.

 

NOTE FOR NEWS DESKS

For further information, please contact

Shaun Noble Press Officer (020) 7939 7043 Mobile 0468 69 39 40 MSF

press releases can be seen on our web site: www.msf.org.uk

Amicus/MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

Amicus/MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's second largest union.

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