18 December 2007
New Inquiry into Looked-after Children
The Children, Schools and Families Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry into Looked-after Children. Written submissions are invited for the inquiry.
The inquiry will
firstly examine the provisions of the Children and Young Persons Bill, to consider the extent to which the Bill reflects the outcome of the consultation process, and to make recommendations for amendment where appropriate; and
secondly examine provision for looked-after children more widely in the context of the Care Matters: Time for Change white paper, and to consider the Government's proposals for change on-
family and parenting support;
health and wellbeing;
transition to adulthood; and
the role of the practitioner (including training and workforce development).
Submissions specifically on the Children and Young Persons Bill should arrive no later than
noon on Monday 4 February 2008. Submissions on the wider inquiry should arrive no later than
noon on Monday 18 February 2008.
Each submission should begin with a short summary in bullet point form. The paragraphs in the text of the submission should be numbered. A guide for written submissions to the Committee may be found on the parliamentary website at:
A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to
and an additional paper copy should be sent to:
Children, Schools and Families Select Committee
House of Commons
London SW1P 3JA
Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet, by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Record Office. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence. Please bear in mind that select committees are not able to investigate individual cases.
It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The Children, Schools and Families Committee is one of the House's Select Committees related to government departments: its terms of reference are to examine "the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Children, Schools and Families and its associated public bodies". The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry, within the overall terms of reference. It invites written evidence from interested parties and holds public evidence sessions, usually in committee rooms at the House of Commons, although it does have the power to meet away from Westminster. At the end of each inquiry, the Committee will normally agree a Report based on the evidence received. Such Reports are published and made available on the Internet. Copies are sent free to those who give oral evidence. Reports usually contain recommendations to the Government and other bodies. The Government by convention responds to reports within about two months of publication. These responses are also published.