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Child Protection

Volume 706: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take regarding the Office for Standards in Education following its role in Haringey child protection inspections. [HL366]

Ofsted is a separate non-ministerial government department, and HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has committed to reviewing the inspection of child protection services in light of the findings of the recent Haringey inspection. The Government had already planned to change the arrangements for assessing and inspecting local authority services, to a new comprehensive area assessment from April 2009. This will include a programme of inspections specifically looking at services for safeguarding children, reporting on each local authority during a three-year period, and an annual unannounced visit to each local authority to assess frontline social care practice.