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Adult Social Care - Question (11 Jul 2018)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, it is good to be back, but very depressing to find that some of the things that were happening when I left are very much the same as I return—in particular, in respect of the Green Paper. The world may be changing radically in other ways, but I find that we have yet another Green Paper to add to the pile of other reports on adult social care. I briefly pay tribute to the health...

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) ( 8 Nov 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, I do not have a prepared speech. I came today to listen to the arguments, because this issue is difficult and finely balanced. I think that the Government have come a long way and listened extraordinarily carefully over the summer. I was able to come in during my holiday, to be seen and listened to by officials and to have my hopes and fears for social work heard. I think that a...

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) ( 8 Nov 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, briefly, I support the noble Baroness. I know that the Government are committed to both safeguarding and equality, and this is a safeguarding and equality issue. It has always amazed me, after my years in Cafcass—I am sure the noble Baroness, Lady Tyler, would agree with this—that women who suffer domestic violence, whose children are often likely to face that violence, must...

NHS: Primary and Community Services - Question ( 7 Nov 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, I have recently become a carer myself and therefore have experience of a number of hospitals. Why is there such a postcode lottery in terms of where one finds oneself? West Suffolk Hospital, where my partner found herself, has given excellent service and—we must not run it all down—we have had fantastic aftercare in that area, whereas the London hospital does not even answer the...

Troubled Families Programme - Question (12 Sep 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, I know that local authorities have welcomed the troubled families programme because it brings extra resources into their very difficult children’s services budgets. I am sure the Minister must know what is in this leaked report. Does he not think that it might be of benefit to incorporate this work into core social work and ensure that local authorities are able to do a proper...

Calais and Dunkirk: Refugee Children - Question ( 6 Sep 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, I have not seen these children but I have worked in childcare for more years, probably, than most Members of this House. It is appalling that our country and our Government leave these children in such conditions. Every day there are media reports clearly showing the terrible conditions. We know that there are children there of 10 and under and that there are children who have the...

NHS and Social Care: Impact of Brexit - Motion to Take Note (21 Jul 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, when one gets to this point in the list—and it seems to happen to me quite regularly—most of the statistics have been quoted and the arguments made, but it is worth repeating quite a number of them. I will concentrate particularly on social care, rather than the health service, because that is the area of my expertise. The Minister knows that, before we get to the Brexit...

School Curriculum: Creative Subjects - Question (14 Jul 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: Would the noble Baroness acknowledge the research that shows that there is a key relationship between academic subjects and creative arts? The link between maths and music is well known, and many schools now use creative ways of teaching financial management that links into maths. All this will help with the academic subjects. Should good schools not be linking all these things together?

Care Leavers: Life Chances - Question (29 Jun 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords—

Care Leavers: Life Chances - Question (29 Jun 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: I apologise; I did not see the noble Baroness. The Minister will know that the children who do worst at school and in life are those on child protection plans, rather than those coming into care. How will the Government ensure that such children have good parenting, either by being maintained in their own homes or being in permanent placements that will give them that life chance?

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Second Reading (14 Jun 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, at this point, there is only one person I feel more sorry for than myself, and that is the noble Lord, Lord O’Shaughnessy, because, like mine, his carefully crafted speech is in shreds as everyone else has made the points. I will say one or two things that are different from those I have on my bit of paper, so if I am not as coherent as I usually am, that is why. I want to make...

NHS England: Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for People at Risk of HIV - Statement ( 7 Jun 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, can I ask a simple social question? If there are to be trials, how will the decision be made as to who gets into a trial and who gets left out, as that could be a matter of life and death for some HIV sufferers?

Dental Health: Children - Question ( 7 Jun 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, this used to be picked up through schools and nurseries, where most children are seen. What happens now in education establishments, particularly academies, where children’s teeth are found to be poor and action needs to be taken?

Domestic Abuse: Rural Communities - Question (24 May 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, will the Minister join me in commending the areas that have set up hubs and are working together, such as has happened in Norfolk, where there is a new hub in Diss and organisations are trying to work together? Will he say how the learning from those projects will be promulgated right through services so that we do not have a postcode lottery? If you are domestically abused, you...

Prisons: Violence - Statement ( 9 May 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, I am interested in what the Minister says and apologise for being a moment late—I was chairing another meeting. Within the last parliamentary working week, including the weekend, two sets of people have come to me to talk about violence that they are experiencing in prison and about which they can do nothing. One case involves a woman whose child was killed by a paedophile in a...

Young Asylum Seekers: Deportation - Question ( 9 May 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, if it is unsafe for youngsters to return to their countries of origin before they are 18, how do those countries suddenly become safe? I ask this question because a number of young people with family here—I have met such young people, some of whom are as young as six—suddenly discover, when they are 18 and starting school, that they do not have the right papers. Why has that not...

Schools: Academies - Question ( 3 May 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, I have a slightly different angle on this Question. Where there is a playgroup that wishes to join a primary school that is an academy, because it wants to get that continuous stream of education through the playgroup, the primary school and into the secondary schools, what kind of help do the Government give to that playgroup?

Young People: Mentoring - Question (25 Apr 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: I welcome all that the Government are doing on mentoring, but what are they doing to ensure that the quality is monitored? The expansion is large and rapid, which can sometimes cause serious problems with quality. How is it to be measured?

Safeguarding Children: British Overseas Territories - Question (13 Apr 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, I am sure that the Minister will join me in congratulating ChildLine, as it reaches its 30th year, on the work that it has done to ensure that helplines are available not only in this country but by developing the international helpline organisation in many countries across the world. What are the Government doing additionally to help adults to have helplines? The Lucy Faithfull...

Children: Drugs - Question (11 Apr 2016)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, the Minister will be well aware of the importance of work with families, and that there has been a substantial increase in respect of Section 47—child protection—and Section 17, which concerns children in need. I quote the sections to underline the statutory nature of the work for local authorities. We understand that, because of this increase, Section 17 work—the preventive...

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