Results 1–20 of 253 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lucy Allan

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (12 Nov 2018)

Lucy Allan: Statutory child protection interventions are continuing to rise at record levels. What can the Minister do to ensure that such interventions are used only for high-risk cases, and not as an alternative to family support?

Health and Social Care: A&E: West Midlands (23 Oct 2018)

Lucy Allan: The chief executive of Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust says that the closure at Telford is the result of bad planning and could have been prevented. Does the Minister agree it is wholly unacceptable that my constituents’ safety should be put at risk by a preventable closure that is the result of bad planning by management, and will he do all he can to ensure that the hospital management have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (11 Oct 2018)

Lucy Allan: Since July, the Arriva Trains Wales service from Telford to Birmingham has been running with only two carriages, causing delays and overcrowding. Telford is a rapidly growing new town, but with only one direct train service per hour, we are being left behind. Will the Minister meet me, and the Telford train forum, to discuss how we can work together to ensure that Telford has the train...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: T-levels (10 Sep 2018)

Lucy Allan: T-levels are a fantastic opportunity for preparation for the world of work. What further steps is the Secretary of State taking to ensure that businesses are onside and supportive, because there are some indications that some businesses are not behind this initiative?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (10 Sep 2018)

Lucy Allan: Following his meeting last week with the Family Rights Group to discuss the care crisis review, will the Children’s Minister now consider developing a long-term strategy for reducing the number of children being taken into care?

Care Crisis Review (5 Sep 2018)

Lucy Allan: I thank all Members who have contributed to this extremely important debate. I value in particular the reminder from the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) that these children are not statistics; these children are our children. I know that everyone present shares that view. I am grateful and glad that the Minister will meet the Family Rights Group tomorrow. That is excellent news. The...

Care Crisis Review (5 Sep 2018)

Lucy Allan: Before the Divisions, I was talking about a situation where a family was in court proceedings and the judge told them to get counselling, but it was too late, because the timeline for the mother is not fitted to the timeline for the child and therefore the child is going into care. My point is that acting sooner is for the good of all, and particularly for the good of children, who need to be...

Care Crisis Review (5 Sep 2018)

Lucy Allan: I beg to move, That this House has considered the findings of the Care Crisis Review. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I take the opportunity to put on record my thanks to the Minister for his recent announcement about the new exploitation unit. I know that he will continue to work closely with the Home Office on the exploitation of vulnerable children, and I am...

Care Crisis Review (5 Sep 2018)

Lucy Allan: The hon. Lady has done wonderful work in Parliament promoting the role of kinship carers. She is absolutely right: the opportunity to explore other avenues before taking children into care is often overlooked. Too often, social workers say, “This person won’t be suitable,” but they have not actually done the due diligence to determine whether extended family can be supported to help...

Care Crisis Review (5 Sep 2018)

Lucy Allan: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. One of the issues raised by the care crisis review was the intense pressure on social workers and the need to work in a problem-solving way rather than in the process-driven way that is so often their focus. They often find themselves in a blame culture where they are quite defensive, and therefore focus on getting the process right rather than finding...

Care Crisis Review (5 Sep 2018)

Lucy Allan: The hon. Gentleman makes an excellent point that perfectly illustrates my argument about the duties of local authorities to spend on the statutory crisis intervention measures they are required to take by law. They have nothing left in the pot for the preventive measures that would reduce in the long term the need to spend on crisis funding. It is difficult for a local authority to have the...

Care Crisis Review (5 Sep 2018)

Lucy Allan: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that contribution. He has a long track record of expertise in this area, not least as an excellent Children’s Minister. His point about different treatment in different local authorities is vital, because it demonstrates that with the right support for families there is less need to take children into care. With the right support, children are more likely...

Care Crisis Review (5 Sep 2018)

Lucy Allan: I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his comments and for echoing what I said about Edward Timpson’s contribution. He is correct about funding. I am not one who thinks the solution to a problem is just to throw money at it—never, never, never—but in this case, where local authorities do not have funding for early intervention, prevention and support for families, they will only...

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

Lucy Allan: Does the Minister agree with the basic premise of the care crisis review that, if more money were spent on early intervention and family support, fewer children would go into care, and does he agree that that would be a good thing?

Attorney General: Child Sexual Exploitation (21 Jun 2018)

Lucy Allan: What steps the CPS is taking to improve the rate of prosecution of people responsible for child sexual exploitation.

Attorney General: Child Sexual Exploitation (21 Jun 2018)

Lucy Allan: The Solicitor General will be aware of a horrific case I have been raising in this place of a 13-year-old victim of a grooming gang. Multiple perpetrators were arrested but were not charged. Will he confirm it is his Department that is reviewing the case? When does he expect to be able to comment on it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jun 2018)

Lucy Allan: Last year, the number of children in the care system in England rose to a record of 73,000, with huge social and economic consequences. The care crisis review, published last week, found that the drivers of that increase included a risk-averse blame culture and a failure to direct spending to family support. Will the Prime Minister ensure that her children’s Minister considers the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Automotive Industry (12 Jun 2018)

Lucy Allan: Hundreds of jobs in my constituency rely on the Jaguar Land Rover supply chain. Will the Secretary of State tell the House what he is doing to help car manufacturers to deal with the uncertainty of Brexit and the fall in demand for diesel vehicles?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Sexual Exploitation of Vulnerable Children (4 Jun 2018)

Lucy Allan: What steps he is taking to tackle the sexual exploitation of vulnerable children.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Sexual Exploitation of Vulnerable Children (4 Jun 2018)

Lucy Allan: I thank the Minister for her response. Child sexual exploitation victims often struggle to get justice. What steps will she take to ensure that the police identify grooming and child sexual exploitation, and that they do not mistake those serious crimes for consensual sex?

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