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Social Services: Children

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to increase the provision of children’s services in Leeds West constituency; and if he will make a statement. (293949)

As with all local authorities, a Joint Improvement Support Plan is in place, and shared with partners locally. This outlines the support provided to the local authority by Government-funded partners, which provide challenge and support to LAs across a range of priority areas to increase the provision of children’s services. The priority areas for Leeds currently include: safeguarding; bullying; qualifications and skills at age 19; teenage conceptions; 16 to 18-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training; children’s health; pupil attainment; developing services for disabled children; delivery of Sure Start Children’s Centres; and emotional well-being.