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Children: Protection

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 22 April 2009, Official Report, columns 671-2W, on children: protection (1) how many outstanding serious case reviews were followed up in advance of the last biennial overview report; (271833)

(2) on what date he received each of the 118 serious case reviews subsequent to 31 March 2007;

(3) on which dates he received each serious case review in the period 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2007.

[holding answer 29 April 2009]: Officials follow up all outstanding copies of serious case review reports. We do not hold a record of the dates on which copies of the serious case review reports that have been passed to researchers for inclusion in the 2005-07 biennial overview report. The following table sets out the date of receipt of copies of the serious case review reports received subsequent to those included in the 2005-07 biennial overview report as at 22 April 2009.

Local authority

Date copy of anonymised full SCR received1 as at 22 April 2009

Barnet

4 November 2008

Birmingham

17 March 2008

17 March 2008

23 April 2008

8 October 2008

20 March 2009

20 March 2009

Blackburn with Darwen UA

25 July 2008

16 October 2008

8 December 2008

8 December 2008

Bournemouth UA

3 November 2008

6 November 2008

1 December 2008

22 April 2009

Bradford

16 October 2008

16 October 2008

Bristol, City of UA

15 July 2008

Bromley

16 December 2008

22 August 2008

Calderdale

20 October 2008

22 December 2008

Cambridgeshire

16 February 2009

Camden

3 October 2008

20 January 2009

Coventry

21 July 2008

21 July 2008

21 July 2008

27 March 2009

Croydon

27 February 2008

27 February 2008

Cumbria

10 February 2008

Devon

3 November 2008

Doncaster

25 February 2009

Dudley

20 February 2009

Durham

28 May 2008

East Sussex

12 February 2009

Enfield

8 October 2008

27 January 2009

30 January 2009

Essex

15 December 2008

14 April 2009

Gloucestershire

12 February 2009

Halton UA

16 March 2009

Hampshire

18 March 2008

28 July 2008

18 August 2008

2 April 2009

Haringey

12 November 2008

3 March 2009

Hounslow

4 November 2008

Isle of Wight UA

6 May 2008

Kent

21 April 2008

21 April 2008

21 April 2008

23 September 2008

5 December 2008

5 December 2008

Kingston upon Thames

7 March 2008

4 November 2008

Kirklees

29 September 2008

8 October 2008

14 April 2009

Lambeth

4 November 2008

Manchester

3 June 2008

Milton Keynes UA

18 February 2009

Newham

11 February 2009

North Tyneside

1 December 2008

North Yorkshire

11 January 2009

Northamptonshire

13 June 2008

14 October 2008

Nottinghamshire

19 June 2008

Oxfordshire

3 November 2008

Plymouth UA

6 October 2008

Poole UA

25 November 2008

Portsmouth UA

31 December 2008

Reading UA

14 October 2008

Redbridge

8 October 2008

Rochdale

18 December 2007

25 February 2008

Salford

8 April 2009

Sandwell

21 July 2008

1 December 2008

8 December 2008

Sefton

1 August 2008

1 August 2008

Sheffield

19 November 2008

25 November 2008

Somerset

06 January 2009

06 January 2009

South Gloucestershire UA

17 April 2009

South Tyneside

15 May 2008

21 May 2008

16 September 2008

Southwark

24 January 2008

6 March 2009

St. Helens

6 March 2009

6 March 2009

Stockport

4 July 2008

Stockton-on-Tees UA

6 April 2009

Suffolk

12 January 2008

1 December 2008

5 February 2008

25 February 2008

Sunderland

20 February 2009

Surrey

8 November 2007

20 March 2009

20 March 2009

Thurrock UA

1 June 2008

Torbay UA

2 April 2009

Tower Hamlets

1 December 2008

Wakefield

1 May 2008

13 January 2009

24 March 2009

Waltham Forest

31 October 2008

Westminster

24 February 2009

Wolverhampton

19 August 2008

York UA

11 January 2009

1 Multiple dates indicate more than one SCR report

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the remit is of Sir Roger Singleton in his role as Chief Adviser on the Safety of Children; and for what term Sir Roger Singleton has been appointed. (274250)

As stated on page 7, paragraph 17 of ‘The protection of children in England: action plan—The Government's response to Lord Laming’, published on 6 May, Sir Roger Singleton has been appointed for a period of three years from 1 April 2009. His remit is set out in the action plan which states that his immediate priorities have been to advise on the development of the Government's action plan and the remit and mode of operation of the new National Safeguarding Delivery Unit. Sir Roger also issued a letter on 5 May that further elaborates on his remit by setting out his early priorities. The action plan and Sir Roger's letter are available at:

www.everychildmatters.gov.uk/laming

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take with the Secretary of State for the Home Department and the Secretary of State for Justice to implement Lord Laming's recommendations on the setting of explicit strategic priorities for the protection of children and young people. (274257)

As explained on page 29, point 1, of “The Protection of Children in England: Action Plan—“The Government's Response to Lord Laming”, published on 6 May, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Home Office, the Department of Health and the Ministry of Justice will work together on strategic priorities for the front line and ensure effective co-ordination through a new ministerial sub-group and the new cross-Government National Safeguarding Delivery Unit. As set out on page 6, in paragraph 16 of the action plan, Sir Roger Singleton, the Chief Adviser on the Safety of Children, will advise Government on strategic priorities and the effective implementation of policy and report annually to Parliament on safeguarding progress, including the delivery of the recommendations from Lord Laming's report.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who has been appointed to the expert group established to assist Sir Roger Singleton in his role on the National Safeguarding Delivery Unit. (274285)

The membership of the new Chief Adviser’s Expert Group is set out on page 7 of “The Protection of Children in England: Action Plan—The Government’s Response to Lord Laming”, published on 6 May.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to publish new targets for safeguarding children. (274695)

As stated on page 31, recommendation 4, of “The Protection of Children in England: Action Plan—The Government’s Response to Lord Laming”, published on 6 May, subject to the passage of legislation, new statutory targets for safeguarding children will be developed with stakeholders by autumn 2009 and published and implemented as soon as possible thereafter, in consultation with local partners.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to reduce the time taken by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in Barnsley to deal with access cases. (276423)

The role of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) in contact cases is to advise the court on what is in the child’s/children’s best interest and safety; but it is for the court to decide on the most appropriate contact, looking at the individual circumstances of case.

Where courts in Barnsley have requested a CAFCASS report in respect of contact applications they have been completed, on average, within 17 weeks in 2008-09. CAFCASS have agreed with the courts in Barnsley to reduce the time taken to deal with these requests to 12 weeks from 1 April 2009.