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BAME Students: Pupil Referral Units - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:48 pm on 23rd March 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Uddin Baroness Uddin Non-affiliated 2:48 pm, 23rd March 2020

My Lords, in the other half of the statistic mentioned by my noble friend Lord Woolley and the noble Baroness, Lady Lawrence, lie numbers of Muslim young boys, in particular, as well as those who are autistic. That statistic makes them vulnerable students and pupils. Some of them may be vulnerable to county lines, about which we heard last week, and sexual exploitation, about which we have heard many times. Given the crisis that we face, what will the Minister do to ensure that local authorities take seriously the gaps that may begin to emerge, with these young people falling through the system because they are not classified as vulnerable children?