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Voluntary Organisations: Finance

Keith Vaz: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of funding from his Department for third sector organisations is allocated to organisations which operate only in the United Kingdom. [271487]

Kevin Brennan: The Office of the Third Sector does not fund programmes outside the United Kingdom. Records of which organisations it funds which also operate in other countries are not held centrally.

Children, Schools and Families

Children In Care: Young Offenders

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care have a criminal record. [272868]

Beverley Hughes: The information asked for is not collected centrally by the Department.

Children: Care Homes

Ann Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on making information on the location of children’s homes available to police forces; and if he will make a statement. [274180]

Beverley Hughes: The Secretary of State has not received any representations on making information on the location of children’s homes available to the police.

Children’s homes are required to notify the police where a child from the home has been involved in a serious incident. The home is also required to have effective protocols in place that involve the police for instances where children go missing from care.


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Children: Databases

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what matters remain to be resolved regarding unshielded duplicate records of shielded children on ContactPoint; who is responsible for resolving them; and what steps he is taking to achieve a resolution; [271498]

(2) how many and which local authorities did not meet the 13 March shielding policies deadline for ContactPoint. [271499]

Beverley Hughes [holding answer 27 April 2009]: The information needed for ContactPoint comes from existing systems, national and local. These data will be refreshed and updated automatically from these systems on a regular basis. We have received core information from four national data sources and this is the data set that all LAs have been working on to shield records. Work has also begun on the first updated data load from these sources, to ensure records held on ContactPoint are as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

We received a few reports of cases where updates from these sources may not be matching as expected. We took immediate action to investigate and initial indications are that matching is working correctly.

However, as a transitional precautionary measure, we have paused the ongoing data update feed while we investigate the instances reported to us.

This will minimise any risk to records that have been shielded.

Data feed from national systems will re-commence once all local authority ContactPoint management teams have been given access to ContactPoint.

DCSF continue to investigate the reports of duplicate records and will make changes as necessary.

We are taking a prudent and incremental approach to ContactPoint delivery. Local authorities provided a progress update on their shielding activity 13 March, which included whether they had robust arrangements in place to deal with shielding requests on an ongoing basis. Two thirds of local authorities confirmed that they had completed the required shielding actions. These responses were sent in confidence and as part of the normal, ongoing discussion between the Departments and local authorities and as part of the implementation process.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of registered IP addresses from which ContactPoint will be accessible. [274724]

Beverley Hughes: There has been no estimate of the likely maximum number of registered IP addresses from which ContactPoint will be accessible. We expect that the majority of users will access ContactPoint via secure Government networks. The remainder will only be able to access ContactPoint from known, accredited computer systems.

Organisations that access ContactPoint via accredited computer systems will be asked to register IP address(es) for any computer that will be used to gain access. The number of IP addresses each organisation supplies will depend on many factors, including their network architecture. Some organisations will supply one IP address, others will supply a range.


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Children: Human Trafficking

Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of children recovered from trafficking activities who have subsequently gone missing from local authority care in the last 12 months. [273058]

Beverley Hughes: Although information is collected centrally about the number of children who go missing from their care placement, it is not possible to derive data from these statistics about the number who may have been trafficked before coming into care.

The information collected for 2007-08 can be found in Table LAB5 on the weblink as follows:

Local authorities have a range of duties to support looked after children to ensure that their needs are met including that they are effectively safeguarded. The care plan of looked after children known to have been previously trafficked should include how to minimise the risk of traffickers being able to re-involve a child in exploitative activities and contingency procedures to be followed if the young person goes missing from care.

Children: Protection

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2009, Official Report, column 548W, on children: protection, what legal qualifications the senior officials who supplied the professional advice on the publication of the serious case review have. [264255]

Beverley Hughes [holding answer 17 March 2009]: Ministers receive advice from officials with a range of relevant professional qualifications, including legal qualifications.

Coln House Special School

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he has received a proposal from Gloucestershire County Council to change the status of Coln House Special School. [274946]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I can confirm that the Secretary of State has not, to date, received a copy of a statutory proposal notice relating to Coln House Special School.

The responsibility for considering formal proposals about school organisation is a local decision making process and is the responsibility of the LA. The independent schools adjudicator considers any appeals against proposals being made by a LA.

The Department has introduced guidance for LAs and other proposers on “Planning and Developing Special Educational Needs Provision”. The guidance requires that when considering any reorganisation of special educational needs (SEN) provision proposers will need to demonstrate to parents, the local community and decision makers how the proposed alternative arrangements are likely to lead to improvements in the standard, quality and/or range of educational provision for children with SEN.


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Departmental Complaints

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what procedure his Department follows for dealing with complaints received (a) by e-mail, (b) by post, (c) by telephone and (d) via his Department’s website. [274530]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Upon receipt of a complaint, no matter how it is received, the Department will respond within 15 working days. If it is not possible to give a full reply within this time, for example, if a complaint requires more detailed investigation, we will provide an interim response outlining what is being done to deal with the complaint, when a full reply can be expected and from whom.

Departmental Official Hospitality

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessor spent on event management services in each of the last three years; and whether such services were supplied by external providers. [274961]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Department's spend on event management services in each of the last three years cannot be collated without incurring disproportionate cost.

Departmental Pay

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff employed in London on work contracted out by his Department earn less than £7.45 per hour. [274950]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Department currently pays all directly and indirectly employed staff working on its London site at least £7.45 per hour.

Departmental Stationery

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on branded stationery and gifts for (a) internal and (b) external promotional use in each of the last five years. [273776]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To provide a comprehensive answer would incur disproportionate costs.

Pre-school Education: Tamworth

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Tamworth constituency took up free nursery places in each of the last 10 years. [274374]

Beverley Hughes: The Department publishes information on the part-time equivalent number of free early education places filled by three and four year-olds. This is derived by counting children taking up 12 and a half hours per
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week as one place, 10 hours per week as 0.8 places, seven and a half hours per week as 0.6 places, five hours per week as 0.4 places and two and a half hours per week as 0.2 places.


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Table 1 provides this information for Tamworth parliamentary constituency area from 2004 to 2008. Data at parliamentary constituency level are not available prior to 2004.

Table 1: Part-time equivalent number of free early education places( 1,)( )( 2,)( )( 3 ) filled by 3 and 4- year - olds: Parliamentary constituency, Tamworth—Position in January each year
3 -year- olds 4-year- olds

Maintained nursery and primary schools( 4) Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers( 5) Total 3 year olds Maintained nursery and primary schools( 6) Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers( 7) Total 4 year olds

2004

260

610

870

900

120

1,000

2005

310

590

910

900

140

1,000

2006

260

560

830

850

190

1,000

2007

310

650

950

760

190

950

2008

310

690

1,000

820

230

1,100

(1) A place is equal to 12.5 hours (five sessions) and can be filled by more than one child.
(2) Figures are rounded to the nearest 100 if they exceed 1000 and to the nearest 10 otherwise.
(3) Prior to 2004, information on early education places was derived from returns made by local authorities as part of the nursery education grant (NEG) data collection exercise. These data were collected at local authority level, therefore, data for this parliamentary constituency prior to 2004 is not available.
(4) Headcount of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year. Data taken from the School Census.
(5) Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31st December in the previous calendar year. Data taken from the Early Years Census and the School Census.
(6) Headcount of children aged four at 31st December in the previous calendar year. Data taken from the School Census.
(7) Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year. Data taken from the Early Years Census and the School Census.

The latest figures on early education places for three and four year olds in England were published in Statistical First Release (SFR) 12/2008 “Provision for children under five years of age in England: January 2008”, available on the Department's website

Runaway Children

Ann Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities will be assessed under national indicator 71 on young people who run away from home or care. [274179]

Beverley Hughes: As part of the monitoring of performance under national indicator 71, all local authorities must provide quarterly self-assessments on the extent to which their Children's Trust, local Safeguarding Children's Board, or other delegated body has a picture of patterns of running away in their area; of how this information informs local service provision; and of what procedures are in place to respond to the needs of young runaways.

One local authority—Warwickshire—has selected national indicator 71 as one of indicators for which a specified target for improvement is attached, as part of their local area agreement.

Supporting People Programme

Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which local authority areas children's services work directly with the Supporting People programme to commission accommodation support services for (a) young people at risk and (b) care leavers. [271342]

Beverley Hughes: In May 2008, DCLG and DCSF jointly issued guidance “Joint working between Housing and Children’s Services—Preventing homelessness and tackling its effects on children and young people”. This asks LA children’s services and housing services, including services funded by Supporting People, to establish a joint approach to prevent young people with housing needs being passed between services unnecessarily and to maximise positive accommodation outcomes for them. Specific guidance was given on supporting care leavers.

Information about the how such partnerships operate locally is not collected centrally.


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