Royal College of Nursing calls for end to postcode lottery in child protection

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has called for the end of the postcode lottery in child protection, saying there is insufficient investment in the training of nurses and other professionals to safeguard children and young people.

The comments were made in response to the Audit Commission's recent report entitled ‘Every Child Matters - Are We There Yet?'.

It found that the relationship between trusts and other local partnerships is unclear and children's trusts are unsure whether they should be concerned with strategic planning or with the operational detail of service delivery.

The RCN claims that whilst the report highlighted some areas of good practice the focus had been on ‘tweaking the process' rather than protecting the child.

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