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Children: Protection

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any of the Ofsted inspectors who undertook the recent inspection of Haringey child protection services took part in the (a) 2007 Annual Performance Assessment and (b) 2006 Joint Area Review. (240757)

This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 10 December 2008:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, for a response.

On November 12 2008, following receipt of the Serious Case Review on the death of Baby P, Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, commissioned a Joint Area Review of safeguarding in Haringey. Ofsted led this review, working with Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and the Healthcare Commission.

None of the inspectors who undertook the recent Joint Area Review in Haringey took part in the authority’s 2007 Annual Performance Assessment. One of the members of the inspection team led the previous Joint Area Review of Haringey, which was undertaken in 2006. This ensured that the team possessed the necessary knowledge and background on Haringey, which I deemed to be beneficial in the circumstances. I signed off the report and it was issued in my name.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Rt Hon Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.