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Education written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department produces for social workers on the role of grandparents; whether he plans to amend any such guidance; if he will place in the Library a copy of any such guidance; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Department does not produce guidance for social workers on the role of grandparents. In April 2011 new statutory guidance to local authorities came into force which sets out the framework for the provision of support to family and friends carers and includes a requirement for local authorities to publicise the support and services available locally. This statutory guidance has been placed in the House Libraries.

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