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Schools: Care Leavers and Children in Care

Department for Education written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the level of resources required for teachers, school leaders and other school staff to implement effectively the national protocol on reducing the unnecessary criminalisation of looked-after children and care leavers.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The national protocol on reducing criminalisation of looked-after children and care leavers sets out best practice; it does not place any new statutory burdens on local authorities, the police, schools or other agencies. Implementing the protocol is voluntary.

Positive practice improvements will ultimately see benefits for young people and the services on which they rely. The protocol has been developed with leaders from across the children’s social care, health and criminal justice sectors and endorsed as a positive step forward for children and young people and the relevant professionals working with them.

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