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Forced Adoption in the Uk (12 Jul 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: I commend the hon. Members for Wirral South (Alison McGovern) and for Liverpool, West Derby (Stephen Twigg) on securing this important debate. No one can fail to be moved by the plight of the young mothers and their children whose lives have been blighted by the unacceptable practices of the past, and it is only right that this House acknowledges their unnecessary pain and suffering. Many of...

Forced Adoption in the Uk (12 Jul 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: I thank the hon. Lady for that point, and I will certainly endeavour to do so. Let me move on to why lessons have been learned from the past. We are confident that what happened to these mothers and their children could not be repeated today. Society now takes a very different attitude to single mothers. The legislative framework has been transformed beyond recognition. Today, the key...

Forced Adoption in the Uk (12 Jul 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: Yes—I did say that when I referred to it. Children can only be removed permanently by a court without the consent of the parents if the court is satisfied that the child is suffering significant harm or is likely to suffer significant harm if they remain with their birth family. Courts must consider all the evidence put before them, including evidence from the parents themselves, who...

Forced Adoption in the Uk (12 Jul 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point, and I do take it on board. I am very happy to meet one or both hon. Members—the hon. Gentleman or the hon. Member for Wirral South—and if they bring the mothers with them, I can hear directly from them as well. I hope that all those affected can take some comfort in the knowledge that what happened to them is so public and is on public...

Speech, Language and Communication Support for Children — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (4 Jul 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. The hon. Member for South Shields (Mrs Lewell-Buck) started well by asking us to imagine what it would feel like to be unable to communicate or explain one’s own feelings, and the hon. Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston (Preet Kaur Gill) said the same thing. I do not need to imagine that, because I was that child. I came to...

Speech, Language and Communication Support for Children — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (4 Jul 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: I am short of time and I have a lot to say about this subject, so the hon. Lady will forgive me if I do not. Supporting schools to respond to the needs of all their pupils is crucial to achieving our ultimate goal of culture change. We know that spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing, and that the quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak is vital...

Speech, Language and Communication Support for Children — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (4 Jul 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: I hear the hon. Lady’s point; I know she is a great champion of the project, and I pledge to her that I will look at this evidence and see what more we can do to ensure that there are consistent outcomes. The hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central talked about early years education. It is fundamental that we identify SLCN as early as possible, as we know that can have a profound impact...

Speech, Language and Communication Support for Children — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (4 Jul 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: I will make some progress and then, as I think we might be all right on time, I will give way. We have announced a range of measures worth more than £100 million to address word gap, including £20 million for school-led professional development for early years practitioners to support early language development, and a £5 million “what works” fund in partnership with...

Speech, Language and Communication Support for Children — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (4 Jul 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: Of course, Ms Dorries. The Department of Health and Social Care recognises the need to support children and young people with SLCN who are in the justice system. Liaison and diversion services at police stations and courts identify and assess people with vulnerabilities and refer them to the appropriate services—where appropriate, away from the justice system altogether. A comprehensive...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Special Educational Needs: Support Services (25 Jun 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: Children and young people should receive the right support to meet their special educational needs. In most cases, that can be provided close to home through the schools and services in their local area. Services must be jointly commissioned, with a published local offer kept under regular review.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Special Educational Needs: Support Services (25 Jun 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: I thank my hon. Friend for her question. If a local authority identifies a shortage of special school places, resulting in a significant number of children with special educational needs and disabilities having to travel a long way, they need to consider creating or expanding specialist provision. We announced £50 million of funding in May this year, and Devon will receive £2.8...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Special Educational Needs: Support Services (25 Jun 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: It is important to ensure that children with SEND who want to and can be in mainstream education are able to. For example, 72% of children with autism are in mainstream education. We recently announced 14 new free special schools. As I said, it is important that, where councils need further provision to help to maintain children in mainstream education, they are able to create that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Special Educational Needs: Support Services (25 Jun 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: I thank my right hon. Friend the Chairman of the Education Committee for that question. I do recognise that, which is why the Government have announced an exclusions review, led by Ed Timpson.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Special Educational Needs: Support Services (25 Jun 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: We are looking at different groups and the proportion of those being excluded, which I hope will come out through the Timpson exclusions review. We are also talking to Ofsted about the issue of off-rolling.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Special Educational Needs: Support Services (25 Jun 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: I spoke at the launch of the—

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Special Educational Needs: Support Services (25 Jun 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: Ten years on from the Bercow review; I am grateful to you, Mr Speaker. We are looking very carefully at the recommendations of that report. One thing we are already doing is working with Public Health England to ensure that the health workers who go to see parents at that crucial young stage are trained in speech and language therapy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Care Crisis Review (25 Jun 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: The sector-led review is an important contribution to the family justice system. Across government we will consider its findings and recommendations carefully. My counterpart in the Ministry of Justice and I are due to meet the Family Rights Group to discuss the report in more detail.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Care Crisis Review (25 Jun 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: There is some great work taking place in children’s social care across the country. Money, of course, is a consideration, but good leadership, and strong and confident teams are making a huge difference. Across government, as has been mentioned, we are spending £1.4 billion on the troubled families programme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Care Crisis Review (25 Jun 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: I am grateful for that question. We have two programmes: first, the What Works programme in children’s social care and, secondly, a £200 million innovation programme to look at what really works and then scale it up.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Care Crisis Review (25 Jun 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: I thank my hon. Friend, who has been a great advocate of early intervention. She is absolutely right. On top of the £1.4 billion programme for troubled families, the Government are looking at reducing parental conflict. We know that many children in need have suffered from domestic abuse. The landmark Bill that we are bringing forward bears witness to our hard work across government to...


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