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Children: Protection

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many representations his Department has received in the last 18 months from social workers raising concerns about child protection matters in each local authority in the last 18 months. (240760)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many representations his Department has received from social workers on child protection issues in the last 18 months; and to which authorities these were referred. (241889)

The Department for Children, Schools and Families receives a large number of representations across a wide range of issues, mostly in the form of correspondence. A significant number relate to safeguarding and child protection issues. It is often unclear whether the correspondent is writing in a personal or official capacity, and correspondents very rarely identify themselves explicitly as social workers. It is not therefore possible to estimate with any confidence the total number of representations received, or the number relating to particular local authorities, from social workers on child protection matters.