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DWP permanent secretary gives evidence to work and pensions committee on safeguarding and internal process reviews (IPRs).

What: Peter Schofield, DWP permanent secretary, tells the work and pensions select committee about the new serious case panel. He says: “The serious case panel sits at the top of a process, but the internal process reviews – the system for collecting and tracking and tracing and implementing the recommendations that come from those internal process reviews—is a new process we put in place as well.” He also talks about the appointment of safeguarding leads.

Why significant: As with Coffey, a rare discussion by a senior DWP figure of safeguarding issues within the department.


Work and Pensions Committee Oral evidence: Safeguarding vulnerable people