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Children: Protection

Volume 493: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects Ofsted next to report on lessons from serious case reviews. (274263)

This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the House Libraries.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 19 May 2009:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for a response.

Ofsted has started the preparation for its second report on the outcomes of serious case reviews, based on evaluations which were completed between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009. This is provisionally planned for publication in late August 2009.

In light of Lord Laming's recent recommendations, Ofsted also intends to produce more regular reports, at six-monthly intervals, which summarise the lessons from serious case reviews. We have yet to agree the pattern of dates of these reports.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Rt Hon Beverley Hughes MP, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.