Children: Social Services

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on how many occasions each Government Office of the Regions agreed to extend a deadline for the publication of a serious case review in the most recent year for which figures are available.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

holding answer 22 March 2010

Government offices do not have a role in granting extensions for the publication of SCRs. However, paragraph 8.15 of the statutory guidance "Working Together to Safeguard Children" (2006) (as amended), which has now been superseded, said that

"there should be a discussion with the Government Office for the region to agree a timescale for completion of SCRs"

The revised "Working Together to Safeguard Children" (2010) is clear that, where it emerges that a SCR cannot be completed within the six-month time scale, the LSCB is responsible for revising its timetable and immediately consulting with the relevant Government office. Where a LSCB decides an extension is necessary, it should provide the Government office with a revised project plan and an update on progress, which includes action already taken and an explanation for the extension. The role of the Government office includes providing advice, support and challenge to LSCBs.

The following table gives details of SCRs that were in progress at the time where one or more extensions were granted between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009. The SCRs in the table were not necessarily commissioned within the same period.

Number of serious case reviews (SCRs) for which one or more deadline extensions were granted between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009
Region Number
East 19
East Midlands 6
London 14
North East 9
North West 36
South East 23
South West 12
West Midlands 14
Yorkshire and Humber 35

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