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Children: Protection

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children on the Child Protection Register in each region were not allocated a social worker in each year between 1997 and 3 August 2007; and if he will make a statement; (241396)

(2) how many children on the Child Protection Register in each region have not been allocated a social worker since 9 September 2008; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how many children on the Child Protection Register in each London borough were not allocated a social worker in each year between 1997 and 3 August 2007; and if he will make a statement;

(4) how many children on the Child Protection Register in each London borough have not been allocated a social worker since 9 September 2008; and if he will make a statement;

(5) what the average number of cases allocated to each child protection social worker in each region was in each year between 1997 and 3 August 2007; and if he will make a statement;

(6) what the average number of cases allocated to each child protection social worker in each London borough was in each year between 1997 and 3 August 2007; and if he will make a statement;

(7) what the average number of cases allocated to each child protection social worker in each region has been since 9 September 2008; and if he will make a statement;

(8) what the average number of cases allocated to each child protection social worker in each London borough has been since 9 September 2008; and if he will make a statement.

The Department does not collect this information. We recognise, however, the critical importance of effective frontline social work to outcomes for children. That is why the Government are investing nearly £73 million over the next three years in a package of proposals to improve social workers’ capacity and skills. As part of this package, we have just announced plans to establish a social work taskforce to lead a nuts and bolts review of frontline social work practice that will inform further improvements in social worker training, recruitment and leadership.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to his statement of 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 777, on serious case review numbers, when he expects to provide the information referred to. (247790)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families provided the information requested in a letter to the hon. Member on 3 February.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many Part 8 reviews there have been into children’s deaths in Doncaster in each of the last 10 years; (248777)

(2) how many serious case reviews there have been of children’s deaths in Doncaster in each of the last 10 years.

Data currently held by the Department for Children, Schools and Families indicate that, of all notifications received between 1 April 2007 and 31 March 2008 of serious child care incidents, three serious case reviews had been initiated in Doncaster where a child died and abuse or neglect was known or suspected to be a factor. Data prior to 1 April 2007 are not available in this form.

Information on the numbers of serious case reviews following the death of a child in each local authority area between 2000 and 2005 has been given in a previous parliamentary answer on 24 July 2006, Official Report, column 839W. This explains that the number of confirmed serious case reviews (SCRs) following the death of a child in Doncaster between 2000 and 2005 was six.