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Children: Protection

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many part 8 reviews took place in England in the last year for which figures are available; and what conclusions his Department has drawn from these reviews. (123836)

[holding answer 27 February 2007]: The Child Protection Database, maintained by the Commissioner for Social Care Inspection, indicates the cases that were the subject of a Serious Case Review (SCR). To date, in the year 2005-06, 55 cases have been confirmed as the subject of a Serious Case Review.

The Department for Education and Skills is responsible for identifying and disseminating common themes and threads across SCRs, and acting on lessons for policy and practice. An ‘overview’ report on the previous case reviews which took place in the period 2003-05 will be published in the summer of this year.