McArthur: SNP are kicking the can down the road on child protection


Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today accused the Scottish Government of kicking the can down the road on child protection.

Mr McArthur was commenting following a response to his Parliamentary Question from the Minister for Early Years and Childcare, Mark MacDonald, revealed that the report on findings of neglect at selected sites would not be published by March 31 as originally promised, but delayed until an unspecified date in “summer 2017”.

Mr McArthur said:

“The SNP appear to be kicked the can down the road on child protection.

“Tackling child abuse and neglect requires us to understand the full extent of what is currently happening. Delaying publication of this report, without any explanation, undermines those efforts.

"The Minister must come clean about why he has allowed this delay to take place and take urgent steps to publish this report as soon as possible.”


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