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Ann Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the incidence of bullying of children (a) via the internet and (b) by mobile phone text messaging. 
Kevin Brennan [holding answer 27 November 2007]: We are unable to provide definitive figures for numbers of bullying incidents at school as we do not collect these data centrally. However our recent guidance on cyberbullying, incorporated as part of our comprehensive anti-bullying guidance Safe to Learn: embedding anti-bullying work in schools, included a range of survey evidence on the extent of cyberbullying. This is summarised as follows:
Research carried out for the Anti-Bullying Alliance by Goldsmiths College found that 22 per cent. of 11 to 16-year-olds had been a victim of cyberbullying;
The MSN cyberbullying report (2006) found that 11 per cent. of UK teens had experienced cyberbullying;
Noret and Rivers four year study on bullying (2007) found that 15 per cent. of the 11,227 children surveyed had received nasty or aggressive texts and e-mails, and demonstrated a year on year increase in the number of children who are bullied using new technology;
Research conducted as part of the DCSF cyberbullying information campaign found that 34 per cent. of 12 to 15-year-olds reported having been cyberbullied.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the implementation by local authorities of the policy of offering boarding school education where appropriate to looked-after children. 
Kevin Brennan [holding answer 29 November 2007]: The Thomas Coram Research Unit of the Institute of Education is evaluating the work of the 12 local authorities that are part of pathfinder arrangements for placing vulnerable children in boarding schools. Regular reports are made to the projects steering group and the full evaluation report will be published in October 2008.
Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children in the care of each local authority were excluded from school in each of the last three years; 
The first year for which an in-care indicator was directly collected for permanently excluded pupils was 2005/06, collected in January 2007 via the School Census. The Department holds this information at individual level but this is not readily available at either local authority or national level.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children who were referred for an initial assessment from social services were suspected to be in danger of (a) abuse and (b) neglect in the latest period for which figures are available; 
(2) how many children (a) received a core assessment from social services and (b) had further contact with social services as a result of their core
assessment in the latest period for which figures are available; 
(4) what proportion of core assessments for children referred to children's social care were completed within the target timescale of 35 working days from the day of the initial assessment in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Kevin Brennan: The available information can be found in SFR28/2007, Referrals, Assessments and Children and Young People who are the subject of a Child Protection Plan or are on Child Protection Registers, at http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000742/index.shtml on the Departments website. The answer to question 170799 can be found in table E, the other available answers are in table A. The department does not hold information on the number of children who had further contact with social services as a result of their core assessment (PQ170800 part b).
|Table A: Referrals of children and young people to childrens social care services, and assessments completed Years ending 31 March 2003 to 2007 Coverage: England|
|(1) Figures for referrals, initial assessments and core assessments include unborn children.|
(2) Re-referrals relate to a previous referral to the same authority only.
(3) Or within 35 working days of the trigger event where this was not an initial assessment. Indicator C 64 of the Performance Assessment Framework: The proportion of core assessments that were completed within 35 working days of their commencement.
|Table E: Children who became the subject of a Child Protection Plan (CPP)1 , by category of abuse Years ending 31 March 2003 to 2007 Coverage: England|
|Category of abuse||2003||2004||2005||2006||2007||2003||2004||2005||2006||2007|
|(1) Where a child was made the subject of a child protection plan (registered) more than once in the year within the same authority, each registration has been counted. These include unborn children.|
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