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Social Services: Children

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families into which children's services he has sent intervention teams in the last 12 months; what the remit of those teams has been; and whether he will make their findings public. (250375)

[holding answer 22 January 2009]: Officials from the Intervention Unit in DCSF are routinely sent to each local authority that receives an inadequate judgment by Ofsted in their annual performance assessment (APA) and/or their joint area review (JAR). Judgments are published on Ofsted's website:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/oxcare_providers/list_by_la.

Ministers subsequently receive advice on the nature of any intervention considered necessary to bring about improvements in children's services. Ministers' decisions are communicated to the local authority and to other interested parties.