Department for Education written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2015 to Question 219582, how her Department monitors the progress of local authorities in meeting the requirement to develop easily accessible policies to describe how they will support children in the care of family and friends.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

In July 2013, I wrote to all local authorities to remind them of the requirement set out in statutory guidance to publish policies setting out their approach to the provision of support for family and friends carers; To date, 144 of 152 (94%) of local authorities have sent us links to their polices.

The Department for Education has negotiated with the ‘Family Rights Group’ (FRG), one of the leading voluntary organisations supporting family and friends carers, to publish these links on its website.

FRG are now reviewing the content and quality of these policies and the Department plans to provide feedback to local authorities on the findings from work.

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