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Community Development: Children

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 1 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to ensure that consideration of child welfare issues is made when evaluating the benefits of policy proposals on social cohesion. (124190)

In working to reinforce and strengthen community cohesion, the Government are considering the links between cohesion and the needs of a wide range of groups—including children and young people. Research has shown a link between deprivation and poor cohesion and has highlighted disparities in health, education and crime outcomes between young people from different communities. One pillar of the Government’s strategy on improving cohesion, “Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society”, is therefore concerned with tackling disadvantage and inequality, including among children and young people.