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Health Services: Sex

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on training for sexual health and pregnancy advisory services on effective multi-agency working and disclosure to protect children and young people from abuse in 2006-07. (141003)

Effective joint working and information sharing between agencies and professionals are cornerstones of the Government’s policy to ensure that children and young people are effectively safeguarded from abuse. Where there is evidence or a reasonable cause to believe that children and young people are suffering from or at risk of suffering from significant harm then action must be taken. Revised guidance, ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ produced in April 2006, provides detailed guidance about responding to child welfare concerns involving alleged crimes, including where there is under-age sexual activity. Information on how much money is spent locally on training staff is not collected centrally.