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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): The role of public services in addressing child vulnerability

Public Services Committee
The role of public services in addressing child vulnerability

Wednesday 13 October 2021

Start times: 3.00pm (private) 3.00pm (public)

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Children’s Commissioner gives evidence on inquiry on child vulnerability

Dame Rachel de Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England, will give evidence on Wednesday 13 October 2021 on the role of public services in addressing child vulnerability.

She will be joined by Martin Lennon, Senior Adviser on Children’s Services at the Commissioner’s Office.

Meeting details

At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The role of public services in addressing child vulnerability
Children's Commissioner at Children's Commissioner for England
Senior Advisor on Children’s Services at Children's Commissioner for England

Possible questions for the panel include:

  • What effect will the Government’s decision to end the £20-a-week Universal Credit uplift have on the number of children living in poverty? How will this decision affect children’s services?
  • What is the relationship between poverty and child vulnerability to criminal exploitation and risks within the home such as parental addiction, mental health or domestic violence issues?
  • Sir Kevan Collins, the former Government Education Recovery Commissioner, told the Committee that the £1.4 billion announced by the Government for its school catch-up programme was insufficient to meet the scale of the challenge. Do you agree and, if so, how much would you like to see invested in the education recovery programme over the next three years?
  • Dame Andrea Leadsom told us that universal access to Family Hubs should be at the centre of Government efforts to reduce inequalities in children’s outcomes. Do you agree, and if so, how many Family Hubs would be needed across the country to ensure universal access, and how much would they cost?
  • Would you like to see the Government invest additional resources to ensure a more rapid expansion of mental health support teams?


Further information


Room 4, Palace of Westminster

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