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Results 141–160 of 4000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Hughes of Stretford

Unplanned Teenage Pregnancies (Nottingham) (25 Mar 2009)

Beverley Hughes: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham, North (Mr. Allen) on securing tonight's debate. More fundamentally, I commend the leadership he has shown on the issues—not just teenage pregnancy, but early intervention and prevention, reducing inequality and poverty, and leadership of the local strategic partnership. His work on teenage pregnancy falls under that broader umbrella....

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Myplace (Blackpool) (9 Mar 2009)

Beverley Hughes: Myplace will transform the lives of thousands of young people in Blackpool, as it will those of tens of thousands of other young people across the country. Through £272 million of investment from 2008 to 2011, myplace is delivering world-class facilities for young people, driven by the active participation of young people themselves. Last week, I announced the second tranche of £180 million...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Myplace (Blackpool) (9 Mar 2009)

Beverley Hughes: Yes, I will. It was a superb bid. It was strong in two respects, which is particularly important. The first strength was the partnership behind the bid, which means that a strong and secure revenue funding stream supports future work through the involvement of the primary care trust and the police. The second strength was the central involvement of young people that shaped the bid and decided...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Myplace (Blackpool) (9 Mar 2009)

Beverley Hughes: That is very important. The partnerships putting in the bids—Blackpool's bid was strong in this respect—had to demonstrate how they would seriously involve young people from a range of communities, in particular those from the most disadvantaged communities. We know that the young people who cannot get these opportunities routinely through their family are the ones for whom the...

Cafcass (9 Mar 2009)

Beverley Hughes: Baroness Delyth Morgan, the Under-Secretary responsible for the matter, holds regular quarterly meetings with CAFCASS to review the progress of its work. Her last meeting with the organisation was held on 10 February.

Cafcass (9 Mar 2009)

Beverley Hughes: I greatly welcome the hon. Gentleman's comments about the chief executive, who is rigorously pursuing performance improvement at CAFCASS at every level. People can complain to CAFCASS, which is a non-departmental public body, with a board that monitors how it works and that will receive those complaints. If he has a specific case in mind or a suggestion for strengthening the process, I would...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Child Protection (3 Feb 2009)

Beverley Hughes: I start by saying that I welcome the fact of this debate but regret the tone of it, which was set by the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton). We genuinely wanted a cross-party consensus that would demonstrate to the outside world the importance we all ascribe to keeping our children safe. We hoped that we could agree across the House on what more needs to be done to...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Child Protection (3 Feb 2009)

Beverley Hughes: I am sorry; I am going to finish. I apologise to the hon. Gentleman. I implore Opposition Members to rethink their position on the ContactPoint system. It is not of itself a guarantee, but without it we cannot be sure that we will not see another failure of information sharing leading to the death of a child. Systems have been intended to achieve that for 30-odd years and have still not done...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Child Abuse (26 Jan 2009)

Beverley Hughes: National data show that 29,200 children were the subject of a child protection plan at 31 March 2008. Children are given a plan where there are concerns about their safety and welfare as specified in the Government's guidance "Working Together to Safeguard Children", published in 2006. Some 45 per cent. of the plans arose from neglect, 25 per cent. from emotional abuse, 15 per cent. from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Child Abuse (26 Jan 2009)

Beverley Hughes: I thank the hon. Lady for that question—I know that she takes a great deal of interest in, and is very knowledgeable about, these issues. She will know that following the death of Victoria Climbié and Lord Laming's review, there was a wholesale radical transformation of local arrangements, with a focus on safeguarding. Those arrangements are largely working, but they depend on effective...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Child Abuse (26 Jan 2009)

Beverley Hughes: I thank my hon. Friend for that question. One way in which the 2004 legislation transformed safeguarding arrangements was that it introduced powers for Ministers to act and intervene, and we have recently seen those powers used very publicly. My officials went into Birmingham on 17 December, they have met council officials and they will be reporting to me shortly with recommendations for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Child Abuse (26 Jan 2009)

Beverley Hughes: As far as we are aware, that instruction has been given, but I will write to the hon. Gentleman and clarify the situation for him.

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Child Abuse (26 Jan 2009)

Beverley Hughes: Absolutely. I know that my hon. Friend takes a great interest in these issues in Blackpool, which faces particular challenges from people moving in and out of the area. Any issue that impairs an adult's ability to parent their child, whether it is domestic violence, substance misuse or a mental health problem, should raise questions about child protection or development in the minds of those...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Child Abuse (26 Jan 2009)

Beverley Hughes: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman enjoyed the performance. Unfortunately, I have not seen that production so I do not know how young the children are or how many are involved. However, I am sure that he would want to err on the side of caution, as would many parents. In the case of very young children—say, under seven—a fair few adults are needed to ensure their safety, not just because...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Child Abuse (26 Jan 2009)

Beverley Hughes: Of course, one thing that we are doing is putting in additional resources for outreach workers to knock on doors and develop relationships with some of those disadvantaged families who find it difficult initially even to walk up to a children's centre. The Opposition would cut the funding for those outreach workers, and if that were to happen, the ability of children's centres to reach those...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Child Abuse (26 Jan 2009)

Beverley Hughes: In a sense, when it comes to political commitment the proof of the pudding is in the resources that political parties put into particular issues and the focus that they place on them. That is why I drew attention to the difference between the hon. Gentleman's party and mine—

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Child Abuse (26 Jan 2009)

Beverley Hughes: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. That is the focus of the children's trusts, which we will strengthen to ensure the integration and close working together of all those agencies, which should take responsibility locally and together for whatever measures need to be taken to protect children in their area.

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Child Abuse (26 Jan 2009)

Beverley Hughes: It is not an either/or situation. That is the difference with this Government. We are committed to both those things, not one or the other. It is very important that social workers get the training that they need. Lord Laming is looking at that and the taskforce that we have set up is looking at it in detail. It is vital—this came directly from the Victoria Climbié inquiry—that when...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Youth Services (Derbyshire) (26 Jan 2009)

Beverley Hughes: Local authorities receive funding for youth services from Government through the formula funding. Next year, that funding will increase by 6.4 per cent. In addition, around £1.2 million is also being allocated to Derbyshire next year through the positive activities for young people programme and the youth opportunity and youth capital funds. Over £3 million has also been secured to improve...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Youth Services (Derbyshire) (26 Jan 2009)

Beverley Hughes: I can tell my hon. Friend that, precisely for the reasons that he has identified, this Government have placed significant new duties on local authorities to ensure that all young people can get access to a wide range of positive activities. The Education and Inspections Act 2006 requires local authorities to secure positive activities and facilities for young people in their area, to take...


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