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Children's Trusts

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to increase the participation of community and voluntary sector organisations in Children’s Trusts. (289698)

The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill 2009 currently before Parliament will enable third sector organisations to become formal members of the Children’s Trust Board. Subject to consultation, statutory guidance will make clear that every Children’s Trust Board should include third sector representation. Additionally, we propose to require through regulations that the voluntary, private and independent sector must be consulted by the Children’s Trust Board on the preparation of the Children and Young People’s Plan.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what sanctions he will use against partner organisations which do not meet the performance standards for Children's Trusts. (289699)

Comprehensive area assessment will provide an overview of how successfully local organisations are working individually and together to improve outcomes for children and young people in their area. Where performance standards are unacceptable, the Government will agree appropriate action with the relevant bodies. Where there is critical or sustained underperformance, the Secretary of State has the power to intervene in a local authority (via section 497A of the Education Act 1996 and section 50 of the Children Act 2004).