Canlyniadau 181–200 o 396 ar gyfer speaker:Brendan Clarke-Smith

Written Answers — Department for Education: Offences against Children (21 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The government wants to strengthen the public and parents’ understanding of the ‘signs of abuse’ and knowledge of how to report these suspicions. Since March 2015 the department has been working with the Local Government Association, local councils, police forces, and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) to run a communication campaign called...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Adoption (21 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The government is determined to respond to the challenges set by the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care and will consider the recommendations carefully. As set out in our adoption strategy paper, improving contact for children, birth families, and adoptive parents is a key priority. The adoption strategy commits us to working with regional adoption agencies to develop and trial...

Written Answers — Department for Education: National Implementation Board (21 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The National Implementation Board will support and challenge the department’s delivery of the children’s social care reform programme. It will be attended by those with expertise in leading transformational change, but also individuals with direct experience of the care system, which can include birth parents. The department will be working with charities over the summer on an application...

Children’s Social Care Workforce (20 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: Of course, Mr Sharma, and may I say what an absolute pleasure it is to serve under your chairmanship? I congratulate the hon. Member for St Helens South and Whiston (Ms Rimmer) on securing this important debate on a subject that she is passionate about. I share that passion and I thank her for bringing her extensive knowledge of local government to the table as well. I thank our children’s...

Children’s Social Care Workforce (20 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: I thank the hon. Member for her question. When we come to the implementation board, those are exactly the things we will discuss and I share the view that there is a lot of good stuff in that report, and I would like to see us do as much as possible. That will obviously come when the board meets, and those are things that we will discuss. I can promise that we will look seriously at all the...

Children’s Social Care Workforce (20 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: I thank the hon. Member for his point, and I agree there are considerable pressures on local authorities. The hon. Member for St Helens South and Whiston mentioned agency rates earlier, and the spiralling cost of those. What the Government believe—and I have spoken with the LGA about this—is that the early intervention in some of the things that we are looking at putting in place, and...

Children’s Social Care Workforce (20 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: Coming out of the pandemic, we face significant challenges in the workforce across the country, not just in the social care sector. Regarding funding, as I said, that is why the implementation board will be so important, because these are the things that we really need to focus on. I can assure the hon. Member that this is something that I do take seriously, and we will look at the points...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Holiday Activities and Food Programme (20 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The government is investing over £200 million a year in our Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme over the next three years, distributed through all local authorities in England. The programme is targeted primarily towards children who receive benefits-related free school meals (FSM). Local authorities also have discretion to provide free or subsidised holiday club places for children...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Health Education: Schools (20 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: Relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) is now a compulsory part of the curriculum. The statutory guidance can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-edu cation-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-educat ion. The RSHE curriculum has a strong focus on mental wellbeing. The aim is to give pupils the information they need to make good...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Educational Institutions: Energy (20 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: Ministers and officials have regular discussions with Her Majesty’s Treasury on all matters relating to funding for education and children’s social care. This includes discussions on the cost pressures that the department knows schools, nurseries, playgroups, and children’s homes are facing as a result of increased energy prices.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children's Commissioner for England: Written Questions (19 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: There has not been a change of policy. The hon. Member has asked for information which is not held by the department. Given that the Children’s Commissioner works independently of government, the hon. Member should send relevant questions directly to the Children’s Commissioner.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Care Leavers: Death (19 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The latest figures on the number of deaths of care leavers were published here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/methodol ogy/children-looked-after-in-england-including-adoptions-met hodology#content-section-4-content-11. The table shows rounded data between 2019 and 2021 for care leavers who have died aged between 17 and 21. A young person will be recorded in more than one...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Social Services (18 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The department publishes local authorities’ planned and actual expenditure on education and children’s and young people’s services annually. The data does not show a total amount spent on early help. The data for 2017/18 is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/section-251-materi als. Whilst there are non-statutory services spend captured in the data it is not...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Foster Care: Training (18 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The department recognises how challenging a role fostering is, and the skills and dedication that it requires. Training and preparation is essential for placement stability. As set out in the Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011 and the National Minimum Standards, foster carers must receive the right training to meet the needs of the children in their care. All foster carers should...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Asylum: Children in Care (15 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: We have no plans to bring forward secondary legislation. The Home Office has been temporarily accommodating unaccompanied asylum seeking children in hotels on an emergency basis whilst they await a permanent local authority placement. Since February 2022, all local authorities with children’s services in the UK have been directed to participate in the National Transfer Scheme (NTS) with the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: National Implementation Board (15 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: Work is currently underway to establish the National Implementation Board, which will be composed of people with experience of leading transformational change, as well as people with their own experience of the care system. The department will hold the first meeting and commit to publishing a membership list in due course. We have also committed to publishing a readout from each board, which...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Exercise (15 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The department does not collect data on the average number of weekly hours spent on physical activity by pupils in school. Sport England’s ‘Active Lives Children and Young People Survey’ provides a comprehensive overview of activity levels in children across England aged 5-16 (Years 1 to 11). The latest report focused on the 2020/21 academic year and can be found online at...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Educational Institutions: Mental Health Services (15 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The department does not collect or hold information on the number of full time equivalent mental health staff recruited by education providers. The department thinks it is important to promote joint approaches between education and health to provide coherent support to children and young people. That is why, through ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health: a green...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care (14 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: On 4 July 2022, the government published its consultation on moving to the Scottish ratios for two-year-olds, from a ratio of 1:4 (one adult to four children) to 1:5 (one adult to five children). Alongside this, the department is running a bespoke survey of providers to help us understand how the proposed changes to staff to child ratios in early years settings might affect provision,...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Care Homes (14 Gor 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The department is now carefully assessing all of the recommendations made by the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, including on the provision of residential placements. We are establishing a National Implementation Board, which will respond with an implementation plan by the end of the year.


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