§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the outcome of the special effort to prevent child abuse referred to in his National Health Service annual report 1985.
§ Mr. Whitney
Efforts in recent years have focused on guidance to promote better co-operation between the agencies concerned with the prevention of child abuse, and there have been consequent improvements in the liaison and co-ordination of the agencies with responsibility locally. There is more to be done, and the Government have in hand a considerable further programme of work, to help prevent child abuse cases and improve their handling when they occur, including a review of existing guidance.