Results 41–60 of 549 for speaker:Claire Coutinho

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children's Social Care National Implementation Board (24 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: The National Implementation Board has provided advice and challenge on delivering reform to the children’s social care system. The Board is comprised of individuals with skills in delivering transformational change, sector expertise, and direct experience of the children’s social care system. Members of the Board engage with a wide range of stakeholders and delivery partners through their...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children's Social Care National Implementation Board (24 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: The terms of reference for the National Implementation Board have been agreed with all Board members and will be published on the GOV.UK website in February 2023.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Social Services (24 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: Information on children and family social workers, including vacancies, is published by the department in the annual children's social work workforce statistics. This can be found here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-sta tistics/children-s-social-work-workforce. The latest data on the number of full-time equivalent vacancies by local authority is included in the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Mental Health Services and Neurodiversity (24 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: The department is committed to improving support for all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), those who face mental health challenges and those who are neurodivergent. Under the Children and Families Act 2014, mainstream schools must use their best endeavours to make sure a child or young person who has SEND gets the special educational provision...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Bullying (23 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: The government has sent a clear message that bullying should never be tolerated, and we are committed to supporting all schools to tackle it. The department provides advice for schools, which outlines their responsibilities. The advice makes clear that schools should make appropriate provision for a bullied child's social, emotional and mental health needs. It is available here:...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Childcare: Labour Turnover (20 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: The department is providing a package of training, qualifications, expert guidance, and targeted support for the early years sector to focus on the development of the youngest and most disadvantaged children, and to help address retention challenges. We are funding a range of programmes, including additional funding for graduate level specialist training, leading to early years teacher status...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Childcare (20 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: The department is committed to improving the cost, choice, and availability of childcare. We continue to work across government to look at ways to make childcare more affordable and accessible, and to encourage families to use government-funded support they are entitled to. In July 2022, the department announced measures to increase take-up of childcare support and reduce the costs and...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Social Workers: Registration (19 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: Social Work England, the regulator for social workers in England, is confident there were no technical issues with their systems during this registration period. Social workers in England have a period of 91 days to renew their registration and must ensure they fulfil all the registration criteria by the deadline given to complete it. Those social workers who intended to renew but did not...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Travellers (19 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: All children and young people must be treated fairly. There is no place for hate or prejudice in our education system. Schools play an important role in preparing pupils for later life. This involves supporting pupils to understand the society in which they grow up and teaching about respect for other people and for difference. Under the Equality Act 2010, schools must not discriminate...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Travellers (19 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: The department recognises the issues faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and young people and how education can make a positive difference. The report contained seven recommendations for the department and the following sets out how we are responding to those recommendations. The report recommended that the clear disaggregation of Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller identities as adopted by...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Childcare (19 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: Improving the cost, choice, and availability of childcare is a priority for this government. The department is already exploring options to help parents access the childcare they need. Further information on the childcare offers available to parents can be found at: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. The department has built up a significant early education and childcare offer to parents....

Written Answers — Department for Education: Childcare (19 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: The report “Delivering a Childcare Guarantee” makes several recommendations that cover sustainable funding for childcare and early education, the sufficiency of the number of childcare places on offer to parents, and our investment in the early years workforce. Getting this right is fundamentally important for parents and children, and we are looking at all options to improve the cost,...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Recreation Spaces (17 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: The department does not collect information on the adequacy of access to school playgrounds, school playing fields, or school play areas for children with disabilities. The department has published area guidelines for schools in Building Bulletin 103, and specific guidance for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) schools and alternative provision (AP) sites in Building Bulletin...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs: Staff (17 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: Education is a devolved matter, and the response outlines the information for England only. The department’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) Green Paper, published in March 2023, recognised that too many families faced difficulties and delay in accessing specialist support for their child and referenced examples where this was particularly...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (17 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: The statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018)’ clarifies local authorities’ responsibilities for leading the statutory assessment of children in need and making child protection enquiries. The guidance sets out that local authorities, with their partners, should develop and publish local protocols for assessment. A local protocol should set out clear arrangements...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (17 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: The department is committed supporting pupils with medical conditions so that they have full access to education. In 2014, the department introduced a new duty on schools to support pupils with all medical conditions, including myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome. Statutory guidance for schools on how to support pupils with medical conditions has been published and...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Social Services (16 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: The department will shortly publish a detailed implementation strategy in response to the Independent Review for Children’s Social Care, the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel’s reviews into the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson, and the Competition Markets Authority report into children’s social care placements. To support delivery, we have set up a National...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children in Care (16 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care made a series of recommendations that aim to reduce the number of children in care, including creating more options for children to remain safely within their family networks. The department is rapidly working up an ambitious and detailed implementation strategy that will be published early this year. Early help services continue to play an...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Childcare (16 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: This is a matter for His Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman. I have asked her to write to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Foster Care: Asylum (16 Jan 2023)

Claire Coutinho: The department takes the welfare of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) seriously. It is the responsibility of local authorises to ensure children receive the right level of care, including foster care. The department is working closely with the Home Office and local government to ensure that this happens and to increase the number of placements available. It is important that foster...


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