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Chair of the work and pensions committee writes to work and pensions secretary asking for further information about DWP plans to improve safeguarding.

What: Timms (chair of the work and pensions committee) writes to Coffey (work and pensions secretary) to ask for further information about her comments on 22 July 2020. The letter asks for information about the proportion of DWP staff trained in new policies on safeguarding and suicide and self-harm prevention; the operation of the serious case panel; whether the panel’s work includes ensuring that IPR recommendations are implemented; the updating of IPR guidance since the NAO report; and DWP plans to talk to families through the serious case panel.

Why significant: Shows the lack of clarity in DWP’s claims to be improving safeguarding


Coffey's response to Timms