Published: 14/03/2002, Volume II2, No. 5796 Page 8

NHS child protection services in Wales are in need of a radical overhaul, according to a report commissioned by Welsh health minister Jane Hutt.The report calls for the immediate introduction of more rigorous police checks on people who work with children.

The report, written by a panel headed by Lord Carlile of Berriew, sets out 150 recommendations, including the introduction of NHS 'children's charters' for parents and older children and an all-Wales child protection service to usher in improvements. It was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly in September 2000 following the Waterhouse inquiry into years of abuse in children's homes in north Wales.The report said the NHS in Wales has a chronic lack of staff with child protection training, with a particularly acute shortage of registered children's nurses.