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Children: Social Services

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the National Safeguarding Delivery Unit will have powers to (a) examine local authority documentation and (b) intervene in children's services departments in local authorities. (274251)

The remit of the National Safeguarding Delivery Unit is explained on pages 7-11 of ‘The Protection of Children in England: Action Plan—The Government's Response to Lord Laming’, published on 6 May. This sets out that the unit will work with Ministers, local authorities, other national partners and with Government regional offices to challenge and support every Children's Trust in the country to deliver the best possible arrangements for keeping children safe. Regional Government office staff will work as part of the unit and, as is the case now, will need to examine some local authority documentation in their role of providing support and challenge. The power to intervene in the case of children's services departments in local authorities remains unchanged and rests with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.