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Asked by Joan Ryan
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 February 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Carillion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent steps he has taken to support local authorities affected by the collapse of Carillion; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 23 February 2018

The Department continues to work in partnership with the Local Government Association to closely monitor the situation. We remain in close contact with the relevant councils, and have confidence that authorities will continue to manage the situation and ensure that public services continue to be delivered with minimal disruption.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 February 2018
Department for Education
Carillion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the performance of PwC, in its capacity as the liquidator of Carillion, in providing support for local authorities in their statutory obligations to schools to (a) transfer in-house and (b) re-procure with alternative providers, services affected by the liquidation of Carillion.
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Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 23 February 2018

The Department has been working closely with the Cabinet Office and the Official Receiver who manages the relationship with PwC in their role as Special Managers.

Our priority has been to ensure schools can continue to operate as usual. The Government is supporting the Official Receiver, so that services to schools and other public services can continue to be delivered.

Local authorities (LA) and academy trusts are responsible for their own contracts. The Department has been working with LAs and academy trusts to make sure contingency plans are being implemented. Contingency plans vary according to circumstances, including bringing services in-house, sourcing alternative providers or the Official Receiver managing the transfer of Carillion contracts to new owners.

The Department is continuing to monitor developments and will provide support where it is needed to help minimise any disruption.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria on the inclusion of (a) the Democratic Union Party and (b) the People's Protection Units in the Geneva process; and if he will make a statement.
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS Trusts: Non-domestic Rates
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing NHS Trusts with additional funding to offset business rates costs.
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Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 20 February 2018

National Health Service properties, like almost all other buildings occupied by public bodies, have been subject to non-domestic rates since they were introduced.

Operational costs related to property, which include business rates, are taken into account at spending reviews in determining the overall level of funding for the NHS. The Government committed to backing the NHS’s Five Year Forward View plan with a £10 billion a year real terms increase in funding by 2020/21.

There has been no such assessment.

Grouped Questions: 127434
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS Trusts: Non-domestic Rates
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing NHS Trusts to claim relief on business rates.
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Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 20 February 2018

National Health Service properties, like almost all other buildings occupied by public bodies, have been subject to non-domestic rates since they were introduced.

Operational costs related to property, which include business rates, are taken into account at spending reviews in determining the overall level of funding for the NHS. The Government committed to backing the NHS’s Five Year Forward View plan with a £10 billion a year real terms increase in funding by 2020/21.

There has been no such assessment.

Grouped Questions: 127433
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 08 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Non-domestic Rates
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government on relieving financial pressures on the NHS as a result of business rates.
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Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 20 February 2018

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care regularly meets with colleagues across Government to discuss a range of subjects.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 08 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sri Lanka: Military Attaches
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will withdraw the diplomatic papers of Sri Lanka's Defence Attache to the UK and expel him following reports of that attache making death threats to protesters.
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Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 20 February 2018

​We remain deeply concerned by this high profile incident. We welcome the Government of Sri Lanka's assurances that they are carrying out a full investigation. It would not be appropriate to provide any further comment until such investigations have concluded.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 February 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinian Authority
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 12 October 2016, to Question 46979 on Palestinian Authority, if she will place in the Library a copies of her Department's formal assessments of the Palestinian Authority's commitment to the Partnership Principles.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 06 February 2018

DFID does not routinely publish Partnership Principles assessments. The most recent assessment concluded that the Palestinian Authority (PA) continues to deliver on the Partnership Principles. HMG officials will complete their next assessment of the PA’s compliance with the Partnership Principles before the next annual Memorandum of Understanding dialogue with the PA. The date of the next dialogue has not yet been confirmed, but is likely to be completed by the first half of 2018.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 February 2018
Home Office
Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons Review
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January to Question 124249, if she will make it her policy to publish an assessment of the potential merits of the recommendations contained Stephen Shaw's review of the implementation of the recommendations on the welfare in detention of vulnerable persons, before publication of updated guidance on the Adults at Risk policy; and if she will make a statement.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 06 February 2018

As was stated in the answer referred to by the hon. Member, the Government is currently considering the judgment made by the High Court on 10 October 2017 in respect of the statutory guidance relating to the policy on adults at risk in immigration detention. Home Office officials will shortly be meeting a range of bodies with an interest in immigration detention as part of the process of revising the guidance. The Home Office will also carefully consider any further recommendations or findings made by Stephen Shaw.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 31 January 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Radio
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the broadcast on official PA radio on 1 January 2018 of a song encouraging martyrdom.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 05 February 2018

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence; the Secretary of State and I raised the issue of incitement during our respective bilateral meetings with senior Palestinian counterparts in January 2018. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 31 January 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Television
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the broadcast on official PA TV on 15 December 2017 of a poem stating that Jews defile Jerusalem.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 05 February 2018

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence; the Secretary of State and I raised the issue of incitement during our respective bilateral meetings with senior Palestinian counterparts in January 2018. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 31 January 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Television
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the broadcast on official PA TV on 11 December 2017 of an interview where Jews were described as the world’s stench.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 05 February 2018

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence; the Secretary of State and I raised the issue of incitement during our respective bilateral meetings with senior Palestinian counterparts in January 2018. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 31 January 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Television
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the broadcast on official PA TV on both 11 and 17 December 2017 of a music video featuring two suicide bombers.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 05 February 2018

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence; the Secretary of State and I raised the issue of incitement during our respective bilateral meetings with senior Palestinian counterparts in January 2018. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 31 January 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Newspaper Press
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the description in the official PA daily newspaper on 23 January 2018 of the Munich Olympic terrorist attack as a quality operation.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 05 February 2018

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence; the Secretary of State and I raised the issue of incitement during our respective bilateral meetings with senior Palestinian counterparts in January 2018. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 23 January 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Microplastics: Marine Environment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee plans to publish its review into the sources of microplastics and the damage caused by microplastics to the marine environment.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 02 February 2018

We anticipate that the committee will report back to us by spring this year.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 January 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Overseas Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when her Department will make its next assessment of the Palestinian Authority's compliance with the Partnership Principles set out in the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and the Palestinian Authority.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 01 February 2018

HMG officials will complete a review of the Palestinian Authority's (PA) commitment to the Partnership Principles before the next annual Memorandum of Understanding dialogue with the PA. The date of the next dialogue has not yet been confirmed, but is likely to be completed in the first half of 2018.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 January 2018
Department for Education
Apprentices: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he plans to take to increase the number of apprenticeship starts in London; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 01 February 2018

We are supporting employers in London and across England to help them plan their future apprenticeship programmes including account management of over 1,000 of the largest levy-paying employers. We have recently announced initial awards totalling around £485 million to hundreds of providers across the country to provide apprenticeship training to non-levy paying employers.

A new phase of our communications campaign started on 26 January 2018, to encourage employers to offer high quality apprenticeship opportunities and to promote these to potential apprentices.

There have been over 1.2 million apprenticeship starts since May 2015 and we aim to achieve three million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020. Apprenticeships are open to individuals and employers across the country, and we are investing in the whole of England by doubling funding for apprenticeships to £2.45 billion by 2019-20 – twice what was spent in 2010-11 – and giving employers more autonomy to design training that meets their needs.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 January 2018
Department for Education
Apprentices and Vocational Guidance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of devolving (a) careers funding streams and (b) London’s apprenticeship levy funding to the control of the Greater London Authority; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 01 February 2018

The Department for Education has agreed to only devolve the Adult Education Budget to Mayoral Combined Authorirties and Greater London Area.

The careers strategy, published in December 2017, sets out opportunities for local involvement and funding for a range of activities across the country which may include the Greater London Authority:

  • £5 million for an investment fund to help disadvantaged pupils to get the additional support they need to prepare for work, including opportunities for mentoring and guidance;

  • £5 million for “careers hubs” in 20 areas, linking together schools, colleges, universities and other local organisations;

  • £4 million for the development of new training programmes for Careers Leaders and support for at least 500 schools and colleges to train their own Careers Leaders;

  • £2 million to test which careers activities are appropriate and work well in primary schools.

In addition, we are re-procuring the National Careers Service area-based contracts that will provide free and impartial careers advice and guidance to adults. We will be awarding a number of contracts across the country and local advice will be tailored to local needs. The Education and Skills Funding Agency has worked with the Greater London Authority and will continue to do so.

While we have devolved some aspects of skills locally, such as the adult skills budget we have been clear that we need to keep apprenticeships as a nationally driven and funded programme. This is critical if the system is going to produce the skills employers and the economy needs.

Locally, employers will be driving the economy and can provide the local perspective on the skills needed. The levy allows employers to spend their funds on the apprenticeship training that they judge best meets their needs.

From April 2018, we will allow eligible levy-paying employers to transfer up to 10% of the annual value of funds entering their digital accounts to other employers. We plan to issue further details on how this will work before April to give employers time to prepare.

I recently met with the co-chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London on this issue, and would encourage local authorities to work with employers to ensure that apprenticeships funding is being used effectively in their area.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 22 January 2018
Department for Education
Schools: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the apprenticeship levy on schools in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) the London Borough of Enfield and (c) London.
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Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 30 January 2018

The department will be monitoring the uptake of apprenticeships by schools, as we would with other parts of the public sector. Public sector bodies are required to annually publish and report to the department on their progress towards the apprenticeship target. The first reports (covering the period 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018) are due by 30 September 2018.

As we have outlined to the Public Accounts Committee, our assessment of the cost pressures on schools will include the financial impact of the apprenticeship levy.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 23 January 2018
Department for Education
Schools: Internet
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to promote digital safety in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools to tackle (i) cyber-bullying and (ii) online grooming.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 30 January 2018
Holding answer received on 29 January 2018

The Department’s statutory safeguarding guidance, ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (KCSIE) states that all schools should have appropriate filters and monitoring systems in place to safeguard children from harmful material online.

All schools must have a behaviour policy, including measures to prevent all forms of bullying. Government funded The UK Safer Internet Centre to develop cyberbullying guidance for schools and an online safety toolkit. The Department is providing £1.6 million of funding for four anti-bullying organisations to support schools to tackle bullying, all include cyberbullying as an integral element.

The National Curriculum for computing covers e-safety including using technology safely, recognising inappropriate conduct and how to report concerns.

The Department has legislated to make relationships education (primary level) and relationships and sex education (secondary level) mandatory in all schools, in the future. We expect young people to be taught about positive, healthy relationships and keeping themselves safe in a variety of situations, including online.

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