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Social Services: Haringey

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessments the (a) Commission for Social Care Inspection and (b) Ofsted has made of children's services in the London Borough of Haringey in each of the last six years; (240485)

(2) what assessment his Department has made of the way in which inspectorates responsible for children's services discharged their responsibilities in respect of the London Borough of Haringey's children's services.

There have been a number of assessments and inspections of Haringey children's services by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) or Ofsted in the last six years. They include an inspection by Ofsted of the local education authority (published in January 2004), a joint area review of children's services by ten relevant inspectorates including Ofsted and CSCI (published in October 2006), a joint area review of safeguarding services for children by Ofsted, the Healthcare Commission and the chief inspector of constabulary (published in December 2008), a youth service inspection by Ofsted (published in October 2006), annual performance assessments of children's services by Ofsted and CSCI each year from 2005 (the latest, by Ofsted, published in November 2007), several inspections of the local authority fostering agency (the latest, by Ofsted, published in March 2008), and an inspection of the local authority adoption agency by CSCI (undertaken in 2005).

Ofsted is an independent non-ministerial Government Department performing its duties on behalf of the Crown. Therefore, it is not the proper role of the Department to assess the way in which inspectorates responsible for children's services discharge their responsibilities.