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National Safeguarding Delivery Unit: Standards

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) mechanisms and (b) performance measures are used to assess the effectiveness of the National Safeguarding Delivery Unit. (309717)

The National Safeguarding Delivery Unit (NSDU) published an interim progress report and work programme for 2009-10 on 18 December 2009 available at

http://publications.dcsf.gov.uk/default.aspx?PageFunction= productdetails&PageMode=publications&Productld=DCSF-01181-2009&

The NSDU reports progress against agreed milestones on a monthly basis to a cross-Government programme board of senior officials. The unit also reports into the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Families, Children, and Young People through a new ministerial sub-group comprising the Secretaries of State from DCSF, the Department of Health, the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. This Ministerial sub-group meets quarterly with the Chief Adviser on the Safety of Children, Sir Roger Singleton, to monitor progress and tackle any barriers to joint working that might exist across safeguarding services.

The chief adviser on the Safety of Children is due to submit his first annual report by April 2010.

This will include commentary on the progress being made by the unit and the impact of work taken forward.

The unit has established a partnership network of around 100 key stakeholders and frontline professionals. This network provides collective experience and expertise at the frontline and enables the NSDU to secure direct input and feedback which will inform its future priorities. A further NSDU work programme will be published in spring 2010.