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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) listening exercises and (b) public forums his Department has held in each of the last two years; what the (i) purpose and (ii) cost was in each case; and who the private contractor was and how much it was paid in each case. (221357)

The Department for Children Schools and Families has regular engagement with its stakeholders, in addition to running formal consultation exercises, as a necessary part of its policy-making process. Over and above this, the more set piece listening events we have organised in the last two years are as follows:

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has conducted nine citizen's juries which provided an opportunity for a mix of stakeholders, including members of the general public, to engage with each other in small groups to debate important issues relating to the new Department's remit. The first jury was held in Bristol in September 2007 with a further four debates held in London, Leeds, Portsmouth and Birmingham. An additional four debates also took place in London, Leeds, Portsmouth and Birmingham in March 2008. The total cost of these was £820,000

The Department has run nine focus groups as part of the Time to Talk consultation in Sutton, Birmingham and Sheffield with children aged 11 to 16 to capture their views on the key issues and challenges. The total cost for the nine focus groups was £18,835.25 and this included the facilitation, analysis, and production of a short film of the events. Central Office of Information (on behalf of the DCSF) procured the services of Opinion Leader Research to design, recruit participants to, and facilitate all the events and procured Glasgows to arrange the locations, logistics and catering for events held in September 2007. All the agencies involved were appointed in line with standard Government practice on procurement.

The Department of Health and the Department for Children, Schools and Families jointly held deliberative events with children, young people and parents to discuss children and young people's health in June 2008. There were three strands to this piece of work:

focus group research with children aged between seven and 15;

a deliberative research event with 90 members of the public and 18 frontline health professionals; and

a deliberative workshop with parents/carers of children with long-term conditions/complex health needs.

The purpose was to inform the work on the Child Health Strategy, to be published this September and the total cost of managing and running the events was £217,743.75, shared between both Departments

The Central Office of Information (COI) project managed the exercise, and Opinion Leader were contracted to run the deliberative events themselves.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) reviews and (b) public consultations have been initiated by his Department since 27 June 2007. (221376)

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has initiated (a) 11 reviews and (b) 38 public consultations since 27 June 2007. These are listed in order of publication as follows.

Reviews initiated by DCSF since 27 June 2007

Byron Review—Call for Evidence Adult Version

Byron Review—Call for Evidence Children's and Young People's Version

Bercow Review of Speech, Language and Communication Needs

Call for Evidence—Youth Sector Support Arrangements

Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum—Call for Evidence

Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools: Interim Report

Assessing the Impact of the Commercial World on Children’s Wellbeing—A Call for Evidence (Interested Parties’ Version)

Assessing the Impact of the Commercial World on Children’s Wellbeing—A Call for Evidence (Parents’ Version)

Assessing the Impact of the Commercial World on Children’s Wellbeing—A Call for Evidence (Children and Young People’s Version)

The CAMHS Review—Next Steps to Improving the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health of Children and Young People Call for Evidence

Zero Carbon School Buildings

Public consultations initiated by DCSF since 27 June 2007

CFR Framework 2007-08

Schools Capital Consultation on Programme Proposals for 2008-11

Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked

Staying Safe

Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) consultation about the transfer of responsibility for the registration of independent schools and the regulation of independent and non-maintained special schools (NMSSs) to Ofsted

Consultation into the Definition of an Independent School

Staying Safe—Young Person version

Time to Talk

Time to Talk—Young People’s Version

Consultation On Draft Information As To Provision Of Education (England) Regulations 2008

Review of Implementation of Guidance on Handling Allegations of Abuse Against Those who Work with Children and Young People

Key Stage 3 Test Absence Collection

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006: Independent Safeguarding Authority Scheme Consultation

Draft Guidance To Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords On The Use of Parenting Orders and Parenting Contracts

Childcare Act 2006: Future Approach to Fees and Subsidies

Confidence in Standards: Regulating and developing qualifications and assessment (Joint DCSF/DIUS consultation)

Home Access to Technology

Independent School Inspectorates—a consultation document

Guidance on Child Trust Fund Top Ups for Looked After Children

Guidance on Personal Education Allowances for Looked After Children

Raising Expectations: Enabling the System to Deliver (Joint DCSF/DIUS consultation)

Consultation on Draft School Admissions (Alteration and Variation of, and Objections to, Arrangements) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2008

Consultation on Draft Education (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators) (England) Regulations 2008

Promoting Achievement, Valuing Success: a Strategy for 14-19 Qualifications

(Joint DCSF/DIUS consultation)

Statutory Guidance for Children’s Trusts on the Duty to Co-operate

The Management of Building Schools for the Future waves 7-15

Consultation on Proposals Relating to the Commencement of Section 37 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 - staffing at foundation and voluntary schools with a religious character

Consultation on Introducing Provisional Registration with the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) for Trainee Teachers, Unqualified Teachers and Instructors

Youth Alcohol Action Plan

Fair Play: A Consultation on the Play Strategy, A Commitment in the Children’s Plan

Fair Play—have your say (Children and Young People’s Version)

Children and Adoption Act 2006—Children Act 1989 Contact Activity Directions and Conditions (Financial Assistance) (England) Regulations 2008

School Admissions Consultation 2008

School’s Role in Promoting Pupil Wellbeing Draft Guidance for Consultation Proposals for Revisions to Legislation for Schools Causing Concern

Delivering the Children’s Plan—Strengthening Children’s Trusts: legislative options Draft Apprenticeships Bill (Joint DCSF/DIUS consultation)

Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation