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Megan thanks for support

Megan Stammers, who ran away to France with her teacher Jeremy Forrest, has thanked her supporters on Twitter in her first message since returning to the UK.

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Gove contacted by child abuse campaigner over missing Megan's school concerns

A child abuse campaigner claims she wrote to Education Secretary Michael Gove about her concerns over the school of missing 15-year-old Megan Stammers.

Education Secretary Michael Gove. Credit: David Jones/PA Archive

Lucy Duckworth said she has had requests for meetings with Mr Gove turned down. She also wrote to Bishop Bell school asking to see their safeguarding policies and claims staff were hostile to her request.

When the policy was put online this year, Ms Duckworth alleges it contained a number of inadequacies.

She said: "What we found was there was a whole section on safe recruiting but very little on how to effectively protect children. I'm convinced that, had that policy been in place, the parents would have been able to make a decision on their prolonged contact and Megan would be with us.

"Executive headteacher Terry Boatwright says his policies are robust but I would like to see evidence of that. I struggle to understand how he is still walking through those school gates still."

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