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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many social work posts in young offender institutions are vacant. [HL1129]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): There are currently 22.5 social worker posts in young offender institutions and dedicated units for young women. Ten and a half of these are vacant.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in agreeing a formula for local authorities to fund social work posts in young offender institutions. [HL1130]
Lord Bach: It is the statutory duty of local authorities to provide social work services under the Children Act 1989 to young people in custody. We are continuing to work with the Youth Justice Board and other key stakeholders to develop long-term, sustainable arrangements which will ensure the future of these important social work posts.
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