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Children: Protection

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families staff in which posts of Ofsted are permitted to read full serious case reviews. (321638)

[holding answer 11 March 2010]: This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the House Libraries.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 10 March 2010:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for response.

The Ofsted personnel who read the full serious case reviews are senior social care inspectors, usually Her Majesty's Inspectors (HMI) of social care. For quality assurance purposes, some parts of the full serious case reviews will also be read by their senior managers, who are also qualified social care professionals. As Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, I also have access to full serious case reviews.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Rt. Hon. Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families staff in which posts in (a) his Department and (b) local education authorities are permitted to read full serious case reviews. (321639)

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) is sent an anonymised copy of each final Serious Case Review (SCR) by the LSCB concerned. These are forwarded by the relevant official in the DCSF Safeguarding Group to the researchers responsible for preparing biennial overview reports on Serious Case Reviews. Other post holders in the group may see a copy of a final SCR report if it is necessary for them to do so in the exercise of their responsibilities.

The statutory guidance “Working Together To Safeguard Children” states that Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) are responsible for undertaking SCRs and for determining who should have access to any part of the SCR. The membership of the LSCB must include representatives from the local authority.