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Children: Protection

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2009, Official Report, column 234W, on children: protection, under what budgetary headings he expects the £57.8 million new spending to come. (282922)

The £57.8 million new investment together with the existing £73 million brings Government’s investment in the children and families’ social work workforce to £130 million between April 2008 and March 2011. This Social Work Transformation Fund is being used to fund children and families’ social work workforce commitments made in “The Children’s Plan: Building Brighter Futures; Building Brighter Futures: Next Steps for the Children’s Workforce” and the Government’s response to Lord Laming’s “The Protection of Children in England: A Progress Report”.

The Transformation Fund will increase the capacity of the system to recruit, train and support social workers, and implement change in the immediate term. The Social Work Task Force, established by the Secretaries of State for Health and for Children, Schools and Families will make recommendations on any long term reform needed in the autumn.

This funding is spent under budgetary heading RfR1: To help build a competitive economy and inclusive society by: creating opportunities for everyone to develop their learning; releasing potential in people to make the most of themselves; and achieving excellence in the standards of education and levels of skills.