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The Department published statutory guidance in 2011 that made clear local authorities' role in tracking young people's participation, and identifying those who were not in education, employment or training. To ensure the transparency of information and increase accountability, the Department makes available on its website data about the proportion of young people whose activity is not known by the local authority.
The proportion of young people whose activity is not known to local authorities is too high. The Department wrote to Directors of Children's Services in 35 local areas in early 2012 to draw their attention to their high 'not known' rates, followed by individual, visits to the five areas of most concern. This approach will continue in 2013 as part of our wider improvement support arrangements. The Department is also supporting a number of local authorities to develop their arrangements for tracking young people's participation, and events to promote and disseminate effective practice are planned for spring 2013.