Children: Social Services

Department for Education written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Michael Tomlinson Michael Tomlinson Conservative, Mid Dorset and North Poole

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress has been made on establishing the new National Stability Forum for Children’s Social Care; how the members of that Forum were selected; and what the terms of reference are for that Forum.

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

The National Stability Forum was established in 2018 and had its first meeting in October 2018. It has since met in December 2018 and March 2019. The members are:

  • Director General, Social Care, Mobility and Disadvantage (Chair).
  • Chief Social Worker for Children and Families.
  • The Association of Directors of Children’s Services President (or nominee).
  • Chair of the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board.
  • Chair of the Residential Care Leadership Board.
  • One of the co-authors of the Foster Care in England Report.

The membership has been drawn from sector bodies, and other individuals or organisations may be invited to attend meetings from time to time. The Chair will review the membership annually.

The terms of reference are attached.

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