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Children: Social Services

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of initial assessments for children who may be at risk were carried out by care services within seven working days in the most recent year for which data is available. (247859)

The percentage of initial assessments completed within seven working days of referral can be found in table 1A of the Statistical First Release ‘Referrals, Assessments and Children and Young People who are the subject of a Child Protection Plan, England—year ending 31 March 2008’ available at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000811/index.shtml

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on salaries for frontline children’s social workers by each local authority in each year since 1997. (258358)

Social workers are directly recruited by their employers. The Department for Children, Schools and Families does not collect information on how much employers spend on salaries for frontline children’s social workers. In their Children’s, Young People’s and Families’ Social Care Pay and Workforce Survey 2007, the local government analysis and research group estimated that the basic salary for social workers in England and Wales (mean) was £28,389.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the expenditure on the integrated children’s system was in each local authority area in each year since its implementation. (258554)

Information on local authorities’ annual capital and revenue expenditure on the Integrated Children’s System is not collected centrally.

The Department has made £60 million in capital grant available to local authorities to support local capital expenditure on the development and implementation of the Integrated Children’s System between 1 April 2004 and 30 September 2008.

I have placed in the Library a table that shows local authorities’ allocations from this grant over that period.