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National Safeguarding Delivery Unit

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) whether the National Safeguarding Delivery Unit has become operational; (284580)

(2) what appointments have been made to the National Safeguarding Delivery Unit to date.

The National Safeguarding Delivery Unit became operational on 1 July 2009. The unit will be publishing a detailed work programme in September 2009.

16 staff are already in post including staff from the Department of Children Schools and Families, Ministry of Justice, Department of Health and the Home Office. In addition, existing staff in Government Offices working on safeguarding issues form part of the unit. Further recruitment is planned, including secondments into the unit from regional and local partners and the voluntary sector. A Head of Unit, responsible for the day-to-day running of the Unit will be recruited through open competition; this post will be advertised shortly.