Children, Schools and Families Press Notice

30 October 2009 - No.55

Inquiry into young people not in education, employment or training

The Children, Schools and Families Committee is announcing an inquiry into young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). Written submissions are invited; These should address the following points:

• Strategies for the identification of young people at risk of falling into the “NEET” category

• Services and programmes to support those most at risk of becoming “NEET”, and to reduce the numbers and address the needs of those who have become persistently “NEET”

• The effectiveness of the Government’s NEET strategy

• The likely impact of raising the participation age on strategies for addressing the needs of young people not in education, employment or training

• The opportunities and future prospects in education, training and employment for 16-18 year olds

The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines below by noon on Wednesday 16 December 2009.

Please note

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to and marked “ NEETs inquiry”.  The Committee’s strong preference is for submissions in electronic form, although hard copy originals will be accepted and should be sent to Kathryn Smith, Committee Assistant, at:

Children, Schools and Families Select Committee

House of Commons

7 Millbank

London  SW1P 3JA

Each submission should:

• be no more than 3,000 words in length;

• have numbered paragraphs; and

• (if in electronic form) be in Word format or a rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible.

For Data Protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals submitting 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.

Please supply a postal address so that a copy of the Committee’s report can be sent to you upon publication.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at:

Please also note that:

• Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organization submitting it is specifically authorised.

• Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, although not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives.  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. 

• The Committee does not normally investigate individual cases.