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'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: 03 June 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Mental Illness: Parents
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to record the number of children of parents with mental health problems.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 06 June 2019

There are no plans to record this information.

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(Stockton South)
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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 May 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Neurofibromatosis: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to add a body map insert page to the Personal Child Health Record to improve recognition of neurofibromatosis.
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Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 05 June 2019

The content of the Personal Child Health Record (PCHR) is overseen by a multi-disciplinary group hosted by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). The inclusion of a body map in the paper-based version of the PCHR to help improve recognition of conditions such as neurofibromatosis has previously been discussed.

Whilst it is recognised that some areas choose to include a body map in the paper-based version of the PCHR they issue to new parents/carers at a child’s birth, the RCPCH hosted committee rejected a request for it to be included universally. The matter has subsequently been referred to the UK National Screening Committee for further consideration.

An electronic version of the PCHR is being piloted and will be further developed. Access to information on neurofibromatosis and other conditions which can be accessed by parents, carers or health professionals will be considered as part of this process.

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(Stockton South)
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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 May 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Mental Health Services: Regulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide an update on progress towards recommendation 54 in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health on introducing the regulation of psychological therapy services.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 05 June 2019

Recommendation 54 in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health states that this Department should consider how to introduce the regulation of psychological therapy services, which are not currently inspected unless they are provided within secondary mental health services.

The Government has accepted all of the recommendations in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, including Recommendation 54. We are currently considering how to implement this recommendation.

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(Stockton South)
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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 May 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Autism: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Care of 8 May 2019, Official Report, column 432, when the data on autism diagnosis waiting times will be published.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 13 May 2019

The Department is determined to drive up performance on autism diagnosis nationally. To support this NHS Digital began formally collecting autism diagnosis waiting time data from mental health provider trusts for the first time through the Mental Health Services Data set in April 2018. Data is submitted on behalf of autism diagnostic services, in line with issued guidance. We expect to publish a report after a year’s data has been collected and analysed, this autumn. As this is the first time this data is being submitted some work to improve its quality may be necessary.

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(Stockton South)
[N]
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'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: 25 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Cervical Cancer: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many CCGs (a) achieved and (b) did not achieve the turnaround target of 98 per cent of patients receiving their cervical screening results within 14 days of having a test in the last month for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 30 April 2019

Data is reported by local authority and published annually by NHS England, with the most recent information available at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/cervical-screening-programme/england---2017-18

However, data by clinical commissioning group (CCG) was published by the National Audit Office (NAO) Investigation into the Management of Health Screening and is available at the following link:

https://www.nao.org.uk/report/investigation-into-adult-health-screening/

The data published by the NAO shows the target for delivering cervical screening results letters within 14 days was not met in 189 out of 207 CCGs in 2017-18.

The 2016 announcement of the planned introduction of human papillomavirus primary screening and planned reconfiguration of laboratories has impacted on cytology workforce retention and recruitment rates. This led to an increase in the turnaround times of cervical screening samples in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

NHS England is taking steps to make sure the delivery, performance and oversight of screening services meet the high standard NHS patients rightly expect. This includes moving samples around the country to reduce the burden on those laboratories most under pressure. Professor Sir Mike Richards has also been commissioned to undertake a major review of cancer screening as part the NHS Long Term Plan’s renewed drive to improve care and save lives.

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(Stockton South)
[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: 24 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Ugandan counterpart on the reported arrest of the Member of the Ugandan Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 29 April 2019

Our High Commission in Kampala are aware of this incident and continue to monitor developments closely and raise concerns regarding Kyagulanyi's treatment with the Ugandan government. The UK supports freedom of expression as a fundamental human right and maintains that it is an essential quality of any functioning democracy. We regularly raise any concerns around civic and political issues directly with the Ugandan government

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(Stockton South)
[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: 18 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Medical Examiners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to bring forward secondary legislation to implement proposed Medical Examiner reforms set out in the Coroners Act 2009 before 2020-21.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 25 April 2019

The Government is committed to introducing the reforms to death certification and to the introduction of a medical examiner system, as detailed in the Government’s response to consultation published in June 2018. Draft regulations were published alongside that consultation and it remains the intention to bring these forward when Parliamentary time allows for amendment to the primary legislation, to enable the reforms fully to be delivered.

With the introduction of a statutory scheme of medical examiners, the Government is committed to reform of the cremation regulations, removing the requirement for separate cremation medical certification and the fees associated with that function.

Grouped Questions: 245987 | 245988
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(Stockton South)
[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: 18 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Medical Examiners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to amend regulations in relation to cremation fees to enable the implementation of the Medical Examiner reforms set out in the Coroners Act 2009.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 25 April 2019

The Government is committed to introducing the reforms to death certification and to the introduction of a medical examiner system, as detailed in the Government’s response to consultation published in June 2018. Draft regulations were published alongside that consultation and it remains the intention to bring these forward when Parliamentary time allows for amendment to the primary legislation, to enable the reforms fully to be delivered.

With the introduction of a statutory scheme of medical examiners, the Government is committed to reform of the cremation regulations, removing the requirement for separate cremation medical certification and the fees associated with that function.

Grouped Questions: 245986 | 245988
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(Stockton South)
[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: 18 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Medical Examiners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the changes required to cremation fee regulations to enable the implementation of the Medical Examiner reforms set out in the Coroners Act 2009.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 25 April 2019

The Government is committed to introducing the reforms to death certification and to the introduction of a medical examiner system, as detailed in the Government’s response to consultation published in June 2018. Draft regulations were published alongside that consultation and it remains the intention to bring these forward when Parliamentary time allows for amendment to the primary legislation, to enable the reforms fully to be delivered.

With the introduction of a statutory scheme of medical examiners, the Government is committed to reform of the cremation regulations, removing the requirement for separate cremation medical certification and the fees associated with that function.

Grouped Questions: 245986 | 245987
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(Stockton South)
[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: 18 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Gender Recognition: North East
Commons
To ask the Secretary of state for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of waiting times to access NHS specialised gender services in the North East.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 25 April 2019

NHS England has launched an ambitious programme to tackle waiting times, overseen by a Programme Board for Gender Identity Services. NHS England agreed new service specifications for gender dysphoria services in 2018 following a process of extensive stakeholder engagement and public consultation.

In April 2019 NHS England began a process of national procurement that will determine which organisations are best able to deliver specialist gender services in the future against the new service specifications, and this process is open to new providers. NHS England has also announced plans to establish for evaluation new gender services in primary care settings and other community care settings which if positively evaluated could be rolled out nationally, thereby helping to increase clinical capacity.

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(Stockton South)
[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: 02 April 2019
Ministry of Defence
Uganda: Military Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2019 to Question 237709 on Uganda: Military Aid, what indirect support the UK Government provides to Uganda’s Special Forces Command.
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Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 08 April 2019

It is possible that a small number of Ugandan People's Defence Force personnel, who were given initial officer training in leadership, command and professional standards at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, may have been posted into the Special Forces Command at a later stage in their career.

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(Stockton South)
[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 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Preventive Medicine: Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the prevention Green Paper will include evidence-based parenting support as a key prevention and early intervention solution for supporting young people and their families.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 04 April 2019

The Prevention Vision confirmed there is a strong case for acting early with good pre-conception care, fit and healthy parents and taking a ‘whole family’ approach when responding to problems. Becoming a parent is an important period and opportunity to offer evidence-based advice and support whilst creating opportunities to support a child’s very early development. The Prevention Green Paper will set out our thoughts in more detail.

Through our new workforce of Mental Health Support Teams, staffed by a new role of Education Mental Health Practitioners, we are providing new capacity for addressing the needs of children and young people with mild to moderate mental health issues. The first cohort of trainees started in early 2019 and the first wave of trailblazer areas will become operational during 2019. The Support Teams will provide evidence-based interventions, which may include family-based behaviour change interventions, which can be successfully delivered to help reduce child conduct problems.

Grouped Questions: 239312
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(Stockton South)
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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 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Behaviour Disorders: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to parenting support to prevent and treat conduct disorders and behavioural issues.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 04 April 2019

The Prevention Vision confirmed there is a strong case for acting early with good pre-conception care, fit and healthy parents and taking a ‘whole family’ approach when responding to problems. Becoming a parent is an important period and opportunity to offer evidence-based advice and support whilst creating opportunities to support a child’s very early development. The Prevention Green Paper will set out our thoughts in more detail.

Through our new workforce of Mental Health Support Teams, staffed by a new role of Education Mental Health Practitioners, we are providing new capacity for addressing the needs of children and young people with mild to moderate mental health issues. The first cohort of trainees started in early 2019 and the first wave of trailblazer areas will become operational during 2019. The Support Teams will provide evidence-based interventions, which may include family-based behaviour change interventions, which can be successfully delivered to help reduce child conduct problems.

Grouped Questions: 239311
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(Stockton South)
[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 April 2019
Treasury
Parents: Education
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Government commitment to take a cross-departmental approach to supporting children in the early years, if he will invest in evidence-based parenting support in the forthcoming Spending Review.
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Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 04 April 2019

All further decisions on public spending will be taken at the Spending Review this year, when the Chancellor will set out his approach for the future and will ensure that policy issues are considered across departmental boundaries.

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(Stockton South)
[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: 27 March 2019
Ministry of Defence
Uganda: Military Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support the UK Government provides to Uganda’s Special Forces Command.
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Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 01 April 2019

The Ugandan Special Forces Command is not provided with direct support by HM Government.

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(Stockton South)
[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: 27 March 2019
Ministry of Defence
Uganda: Military Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2018 to Question 176667 on Uganda: Military Aid, which Ugandan units the UK Government provided support to in (a) 2017, (b) 2018 and (c) 2019; and whether any of those units are part of the Ugandan Special Forces Command.
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Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 01 April 2019

Her Majesty's Government has provided military support to the Ugandan People's Defence Force (UPDF) during 2017 - 2019, and to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority and the Uganda Police Force in 2017 and 2018. Support to the Wildlife Authority and Police was in countering the illegal wildlife trade, and the Police also received training in countering improvised explosive devices.

Support to the UPDF consisted of activity with several different units; none of these units is part of the Ugandan Special Forces Command.

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(Stockton South)
[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: 22 March 2019
Department for Education
Special Educational Needs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many local authorities are maintaining Education, Health and Care plans por young people up to the age of 25.
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Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 27 March 2019

All local authorities are maintaining education, health and care (EHC) plans for young people up to the age of 25. The number of pupils with a statement or EHC plan, based on where the child attends school by local authority can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statements-of-sen-and-ehc-plans-england-2018.

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(Stockton South)
[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: 22 March 2019
Ministry of Justice
Special Educational Needs: Prisoners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the prison population have (a) a learning disability, (b) autism and (c) other special educational need.
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Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 27 March 2019

Data on offender learning participation, and learner characteristics, is published by the Department for Education.

Data on learning difficulties and/or disabilities amongst those prisoners who engage in prison education is at: OLASS: participation and achievement by equality and diversity & English and maths level: 2010/2011 to 2017/18. Self-declared data on learning difficulties and/or disabilities gathered as part of the assessment of prisoners’ levels of maths and English on reception is at: OLASS English and maths assessments by ethnicity and learners with learning difficulties or disabilities: participation 2014/2015 to 2017/2018. The data consistently show that around one third of prisoners have a learning difficulty and/or disability.

In April 2016, the Department for Education published a breakdown of the type of learning difficulty and type of learning disability amongst prisoner learners for academic years 2011/12 to 2014/15. That data is at: Offender Learning breakdown by disability and learning difficulty 2011/12 to 2014/15.

From 1 April, prison governors will arrange for all new prisoners to be screened for learning difficulties and/or disabilities on reception. Following this, for those who go into learning and where screening indicates an issue, education suppliers will assess them to ensure the right adaptations and support arrangements are put in place.

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(Stockton South)
[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: 22 March 2019
Department for Education
Special Educational Needs: Unemployment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many young people aged 16 to 24 years old not in education, employment and training have a special educational need.
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Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 27 March 2019

The information requested is not held centrally. Information on the number of young people who are not in education, employment and training and who have an education, health and care plan is currently being collected from local authorities for the first time and will be published in May 2019 within the “Statements of SEN and EHC plans: January 2019” publication.

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(Stockton South)
[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: 21 March 2019
Department for Education
Care Leavers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of care and support offered to care leavers.
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Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 26 March 2019

The quality of support provided for care leavers is assessed under Ofsted’s framework for the inspection of local authority children’s services. In its annual report (2017-18) Ofsted reported that care leaver services were improving, saying “We have continued to explore the experience of care leavers in different local authorities and have been pleased to find an increasing number of local authorities providing high-quality services for them”. The latest Ofsted report for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council rated its leaving care service as ‘outstanding’. A copy of the report is available at: https://files.api.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/2761258.

Department for Education has appointed Mark Riddell MBE as the national improvement adviser for care leavers. Mark was previously the manager of Trafford leaving care service, which was the first to be judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Mark has worked with over 40 local authorities to help them implement new duties introduced in 2018, which require local authorities to publish their ‘local offer’ for care leavers; and offer support from a Personal Adviser to all care leavers to age 25 (previously support ended at age 21 for most care leavers). Mark has published an annual report highlighting best practice in leaving care services, a copy of which is available via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-implementation-adviser-for-care-leavers-first-year-report.

However, care leavers’ outcomes remain significantly worse than their peers in the general population and the government is determined to further improve the support care leavers receive as they make the challenging transition from care to independence. In addition to the new duties on local authorities mentioned above, government has introduced a range of measures to improve care leavers’ outcomes, including:

  • Launching 3 care leaver social impact bonds, which will use ‘payment by results’ contracts to support care leavers to engage in education, employment or training;

  • Establishing 8 ‘Staying Close’ pilots, which are testing an enhanced support offer for young people leaving residential care;

  • Providing additional funding for 47 local authorities, to enable them to work intensively with small caseloads of care leavers at highest risk of homelessness – as part of the cross-government rough sleeping strategy;

  • Introducing a £1,000 bursary for care leavers starting an apprenticeship (local authorities are already required to provide a £2,000 bursary for care leavers who go to university; and care leavers are a priority group for receipt of a 16-19 bursary if they are in further education).

  • Launching the care leaver covenant, which provides a way for organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors to show their commitment to care leavers, through providing concrete offers of support;

  • Launching the next recruitment round for the Civil Service care leaver internship scheme, which provides 12-month paid internships for care leavers across government. For this intake we are hoping to place 100 care leavers in government departments across the country;

  • Publishing guidance to universities on how they can improve the support they offer to care leavers.
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