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School Health Services

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria are used by his Department to determine whether a school has adequately consulted parents on the nature and scope of health services available in the school; and if he will make a statement. (95063)

The nature and scope of health services available in a school are for the school governing body to decide. Where schools are developing links with health as part of extended services, the Education Act 2002 requires them to consult widely before putting services in place. The Department for Education and Skills has provided a toolkit to local authorities on how best to consult communities when developing extended services, but there are no rigid national criteria for how consultation should take place.