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Children: Protection

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to his Statement of 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 376, on safeguarding children, (1) what professional advice he was given regarding the publication of the serious case review; and from whom; (240898)

(2) on what legal basis he has decided he may not publish the serious case review for Baby P.

[holding answer 8 December 2008]: The Department does not routinely publish advice to Ministers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were on the Child Protection Register in the year ended March (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006, (d) 2007 and (e) 2008. (241744)

I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1834W

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm081126/text/81126w0076.htm

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on how many occasions he has rejected the advice of the expert panel created in 2006 as to whether a person on the sex offenders' register should be employed to work with children; and if he will make a statement. (242144)

There have been no occasions when the Secretary of State has rejected the advice of the expert panel on whether a person should be barred from working with children. The panel was established in January 2006. The panel's role in advising on ongoing List 99 cases was transferred to the new Independent Safeguarding Authority on 31 March 2008.

Any person who has been convicted or cautioned for a sexual offence against a child since 28 February 2007 has been automatically placed on List 99—these cases have not required the advice of the panel.