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Social Services: Children

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on the reorganisation of children's services in local authorities. (250958)

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, has received a large number of representations following the case of ‘Baby P' in Haringey. Many of the correspondents have been supportive of the current requirement to have integrated services for children under a single Director of Children's Services and some have suggested these arrangements should be reconsidered.

We are currently consulting on revised statutory guidance on the role of the Director of Children's Services and Lead Member for Children's Services. The consultation ends on 10 February 2009 and to date we have received three responses suggesting the current requirements for an integrated service should be reconsidered.