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Child Protection

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the serious case review system in contributing to the protection of children. (250621)

Lord Laming is preparing an independent report of progress nationally in safeguarding children, including on the effectiveness of serious case reviews. He will submit his report by the end of February and I will respond fully to it.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children on the Child Protection Register in each region had not been allocated a health visitor in each year between 1997 and 3 August 2007; and if he will make a statement; (241933)

(2) how many children on the Child Protection Register in each London borough had not been allocated a health visitor in each year between 1997 and 3 August 2007; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how many children on the Child Protection Register in each London borough had not been allocated a health visitor between 9 September 2008 and the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement;

(4) how many children on the Child Protection Register in each region had not been allocated a health visitor between 9 September 2008 and the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on co-operation between children’s services and housing authorities in relation to accommodation for vulnerable families with children; and if he will make a statement. (249583)

In May 2008, the Department for Children, Schools and Families and Department for Communities and Local Government published guidance specifically relating to joint working between housing and children’s services preventing homelessness and tackling its effects on children and young people, this can be found at:

www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/goodpracticeguide

This was to help the managers of children’s services and housing authorities in both single tier and two tier authorities to plan and deliver changes for children, young people and families. The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families will not be making a statement.