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Children: Protection

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) central government and (b) each local authority has spent on child protection in each of the last five years. (250183)

The information requested is not collected centrally.

Many local Children’s Trust partners commit expenditure to child protection including the police, health services, and local authority children’s social services departments. Net expenditure by local authorities in England on children’s social care, which includes expenditure on child protection, in each of the last five years is as follows:

£ million

Outturn

2004-05

4394

2005-06

4689

2006-07

4999

Budget

2007-08

5105

2008-09

5684

Source:

Budgets Annual RA return Outturn PSS EXP1

Expenditure in other areas of local authority activity, for example on early years services and school transport, also contribute to the safeguarding and protection of children and young people.

Estimated programme expenditure by DCSF on safeguarding in 2008-09 will be £47.3 million, and expenditure was £32.5 million in 2007-08. These totals include revenue and capital expenditure on the introduction of the Vetting and Barring Scheme, the Making Safeguarding Everyone’s Responsibility programme and the beginning of a grant arrangement with NSPCC. It is not possible to identify the amounts specifically allocated to child protection.