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Child Exploitation

Education written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Gavin Shuker Gavin Shuker Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department requires from local safeguarding children boards in respect of child exploitation.

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

The Department for Education does not require Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) to submit any information about child exploitation.

However, this is an extremely important issue which the Government take very seriously. LSCBs have a key role in ensuring that local multi-agency arrangements are in place to help and protect children and young people from all forms of child abuse, including child sexual exploitation. The national child sexual exploitation action plan, which the Government will publish shortly, will contain a clear message that every LSCB needs to treat child sexual exploitation as a priority and to assure itself that local service provision are informed by a robust assessment of the local situation.

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