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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Housing: Insulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether there was a requirement that any insulation installed under the now closed Green Deal Programme was of limited combustibility.
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Answered by: Kwasi Kwarteng
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Green Deal has not been closed. The Government ended public investment in the scheme in July 2015, but it remains open for applications and any private finance providers wishing to enter the market.

As with any building refurbishment, regardless of whether it is completed under the Green Deal, it is the responsibility of anyone carrying out building work to ensure compliance with the 2010 Building Regulations. Approved Document B (2006 edition incorporating 2010 and 2013 amendments) on fire safety covers, among other matters, fire spread. Local Authorities are responsible for enforcement.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon 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: 03 September 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Buildings: Insulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 217589 on Buildings: Insulation, whether the bespoke testing programme on non-aluminium composite materials commissioned by his Department has included tests of zinc composite material cladding with a non-fire retardant core.
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Answered by: Esther McVey
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The zinc and copper composite material panels, of various thicknesses, tested in the bespoke medium scale testing programme all achieve European Class B-s1,d0 according to the manufacturer’s information.

Our contractor was not able to source materials achieving higher or lower classification from the open market. It was decided to test panels available on the open market, rather than commissioning the production of specific panels as these are representative of the current market, and to avoid additional delays. BRE is currently analysing the results from the tests carried out. The results from the zinc and copper panels will be compared to those from ACM panels, and we will consider the need for the production of other panels depending on the findings.

We expect to be able to publish research findings in the autumn.

Grouped Questions: 286248
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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon 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: 03 September 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Buildings: Insulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 217589 on Buildings: Insulation, whether the bespoke testing programme on non-aluminium composite materials commissioned by his Department has included tests on copper composite material cladding with a non-fire retardant core.
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Answered by: Esther McVey
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The zinc and copper composite material panels, of various thicknesses, tested in the bespoke medium scale testing programme all achieve European Class B-s1,d0 according to the manufacturer’s information.

Our contractor was not able to source materials achieving higher or lower classification from the open market. It was decided to test panels available on the open market, rather than commissioning the production of specific panels as these are representative of the current market, and to avoid additional delays. BRE is currently analysing the results from the tests carried out. The results from the zinc and copper panels will be compared to those from ACM panels, and we will consider the need for the production of other panels depending on the findings.

We expect to be able to publish research findings in the autumn.

Grouped Questions: 286247
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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon 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: 03 September 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Buildings: Insulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 217589 on Buildings: Insulation, whether the bespoke testing programme on non-aluminium composite materials commissioned by his Department has included tests on standard grade D-class High Pressure Laminate cladding.
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Answered by: Esther McVey
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Department has commissioned the Building Research Establishment to undertake bespoke medium scale tests on Class C or D High Pressure Laminate panels as part of the ongoing Non-Aluminium Composite Material research. We expect to be able to publish research findings in the autumn.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon 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: 03 September 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
High Rise Flats: Insulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reasons his Department has not issued a call for samples of building materials used in (a) external wall materials and (b) insulation of high rise buildings as part of the data collection exercise on external wall systems in high-rise residential buildings that his Department has asked local authorities to undertake.
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Answered by: Esther McVey
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon 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: 03 September 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Fire Prevention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on fire safety.
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Answered by: Esther McVey
Answered on: 09 September 2019

This Government is committed to making sure that high-rise buildings are safe, and that residents feel safe in them, now and in the future. On 5 September, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government announced a series of measures to drive progress, including: £10 million per year to fund tailored building checks and inspections on all high risk residential buildings in England by 2021; a consultation on changes to the Building Regulations guidance on fire safety, primarily lowering the height threshold for sprinklers; and confirmation that the private sector remediation fund will open on 12 September, to fund the removal of Aluminium Composite Material cladding from eligible buildings in the private residential sector.

Our consultation, Building a Safer Future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system closed on Wednesday 31 July 2019. We are now analysing the responses and will respond by the end of this year. We will then introduce legislation at the earliest opportunity, when parliamentary time allows.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Home Office
Children: Exploitation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her Department's policies of the findings of the Children’s Society report entitled Counting lives, published in July 2019.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 06 September 2019

Criminal exploitation in the form of county lines has a devastating impact on those affected and we must work together to identify and safeguard the victims and potential victims of this form of exploitation as early as possible.

Our Serious Violence Strategy sets out our approach to tackling county lines and its related exploitation and through this we have delivered a range of action to enhance our approach to tackling this issue.

This includes providing £3.6m for a new National County Lines Co-ordination Centre. Launched in September 2018 the NCLCC has already led three separate weeks of law enforcement ‘intensification’ leading to 1600 arrests and safeguarding of over 2100 individuals. Through the Early Intervention Youth Fund we are also funding 10 projects with a specific county lines focus to support victims and potential victims of this exploitation. We have also worked to increase awareness of county lines exploitation amongst those best placed to spot it and have published guidance for frontline professionals on how to identify potential victims of county lines and appropriate referral routes.

We welcome the report published by the Children’s Society and will consider its findings carefully as we continue to develop and strengthen our response to county lines.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon 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: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Windrush Lessons Learned Review
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has received the final report of the Windrush lessons learned review.
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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
Asked on: 24 July 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Youth Services: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the review his Department has launched into statutory guidance for local authorities on providing youth services, whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment on funding for youth services.
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Answered by: Nicky Morgan
Answered on: 05 September 2019

Local authorities are responsible for allocating public funding to youth services in their area. We believe they are best placed to know what is required in their communities. To increase opportunities for young people to benefit from open access youth services and youth social action, Government is investing £80 million, in partnership the National Lottery Community Fund, through the Youth Investment and #iwill Funds.

A public call for evidence as part of the review of the guidance which sets out the statutory duty placed on local authorities to provide appropriate local youth services will be announced in due course. We expect that the review will provide greater clarity of Government’s expectations, including the value added by good youth work.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
Asked on: 24 July 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Youth Services: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the review his Department has launched into statutory guidance for local authorities on providing youth services, whether he plans to (a) allocate funding and (b) issue guidance as a result of that review.
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Answered by: Nicky Morgan
Answered on: 05 September 2019

Local authorities are responsible for allocating public funding to youth services in their area. We believe they are best placed to know what is required in their communities.

On 10th July this year, my department launched the review of the guidance which sets out the statutory duty placed on local authorities to provide appropriate local youth services. Preliminary roundtables were held with youth sector organisations and young people through the Government’s Youth Steering Group, focussing on the strengths and weaknesses of the current guidance. A public call for evidence as the next step of this process will be announced in due course.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon 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: 02 September 2019
Treasury
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding from the public purse his Department spent on the production of the graphic tweeted by his Department on 31 July 2019 entitled We’re announcing £2.1bn funding new funding to prepare for no deal.
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Answered by: Mr Simon Clarke
Answered on: 05 September 2019

The graphic tweeted by HM Treasury on no deal funding was produced in-house by the digital communications team.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Department for Education
Children: Exploitation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 273801 on Children: Exploitation, what steps his Department has taken to communicate to local authorities the updates made in September 2018 to the Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance; and what funding has been provided from the public purse to train those delivering associated services to implement that guidance.
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Answered by: Mrs Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 04 September 2019

Further to the answer provided by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability on 15 July 2019, ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ was published in July 2018. The working together to safeguard children guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-together-to-safeguard-children--2.

In September 2018, the Home Office published updated guidance 'Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines guidance'. This guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-exploitation-of-children-and-vulnerable-adults-county-lines.

Both pieces of guidance were published on the GOV.UK website and to support this, were promoted to local authorities through a variety of channels including:

  • English local authority communications team;
  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) e-bulletin to local authority CEOs;
  • The Society of Local Authorities’ Chief Executives bulletin;
  • The Association of Directors of Children’s Services bulletin;
  • The Association of Directors of Adults Social Services;
  • The National Association of Head Teachers website;
  • The Association of School and College Leaders website; and
  • NHS England.

The updated county lines guidance was also shared with police forces and Police and Crime Commissioners to share with their local stakeholders. ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children' was also shared with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, and other key organisations including:

  • The Local Government Association;
  • The Association of Independent Local Safeguarding Children Board Chairs;
  • The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health,
  • The Royal College of Nursing;
  • Barnardo’s;
  • The National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children; and
  • Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary of Fire and Rescue Services.

Funding for children’s services sits with local authorities as part of their main un-ringfenced budgets, so they have the flexibility to decide how to spend it to best meet local needs, including on any training arrangements for professionals working to safeguard children and young people. This funding is allocated through MHCLG's annual Local Government Funding Settlement.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon 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 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Negligence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the next Serious Incident Framework.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 03 September 2019

NHS England and NHS Improvement published the NHS Patient Safety Strategy on 2 July. The Strategy committed to introducing the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) to replace the 2015 Serious Incident Framework and to improve the response to, and investigation of, incidents.

Initial guidance will be introduced from autumn 2019 to support early adopters across several local systems and to explore the introduction of the new PSIRF and give insight into how the new expectations are best implemented.

This information will then be used to support the subsequent national implementation of the PSIRF from autumn 2020.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon 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: 24 July 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
High Rise Flats: Insulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the of Answer 23 July 2019 to Question 279062 on Buildings: Insulation, if he will publish the full test report for the test which was planned to take place in June 2019 but which was aborted due to procedural issues.
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Answered by: Esther McVey
Answered on: 03 September 2019

The Department published the results of the test meeting the requirements of BS 8414 at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-test-report-mhclg-bs-8414-hpl.

Following the test the Independent Expert Panel issued some advice which is available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/818184/Advice_note_on_use_of_HPL_panels_in_external_wall_systems.pdf.

The attempted test did not comply with these procedural requirements and no advice could have been issued on the basis of the attempt. The Department has currently no plan to publish the report of that incomplete attempt.

In addition, acting on advice from the Independent Expert Advisory Panel, the Government has commissioned research to support further understanding of the fire performance of non-Aluminium Composite Materials (ACM) external wall systems. The tests began on 30 April 2019 and we expect to be able to publish the research findings in the autumn.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon 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: 24 July 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
High Rise Flats: Insulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the of Answer 23 July 2019 to Question 279062 on Buildings: Insulation, whether changes were made to the BS 8414 test on high pressure laminate cladding and stonewool insulation as a result of the test planned to take place in June 2019.
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Answered by: Esther McVey
Answered on: 03 September 2019

The attempted test did not comply with the procedural requirements of BS 8414 and no advice could have been issued on the basis of the attempt. A complete test was carried out on 11 July 2019 using the same design details as the previous attempt.

The Department published the test report and classification report of the test meeting the requirements of BS 8414 at the following https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-test-report-mhclg-bs-8414-hpl .

Following the test the Independent Expert Panel issued some advice which is available at the following:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/818184/Advice_note_on_use_of_HPL_panels_in_external_wall_systems.pdf

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon 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: 24 July 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
OnSide Youth Zones
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 May 2019 to Question 255690 on OnSide Youth Zones, how much Government funding is being provided to the new Onside Youth Zone in Croydon.
A
Answered by: Nicky Morgan
Answered on: 03 September 2019

DCMS does not currently provide funding to the new Onside Youth Zone in Croydon.

Some local programmes funded by DCMS run by local delivery partners are delivered in OnSide Youth Zones. For example a money management programme through the Savers Support Fund, programmes through the Sport for Development fund and National Citizen Service local delivery.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon 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: 24 July 2019
Department for Education
Children: Disadvantaged
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the findings of the Children’s Commissioner’s 2019 childhood vulnerability report published in July 2019.
A
Answered by: Mrs Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 03 September 2019

We welcome this report and the level of analysis which contributes to our understanding of the barriers that some children face.

Across the government, we are acting on mental health, taking forward the Timpson Review recommendations to make sure that excluded pupils still get the best opportunities in life. We are tackling the root causes of violent crime and making sure that children with special educational needs and disabilities get the support they need by investing £6.3 billion into the high needs budget this year alone.

We also understand that local authority budgets are under pressure. This is why more money is going into the system: £410 million is being invested to help local authorities deliver social care. Core funding for schools and high needs is rising from almost £41 billion in 2017-18 to £43.5 billion this year. We are providing local authorities with access to £46.4 billion this year, including extra funding to support some of our most vulnerable groups.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
Asked on: 18 July 2019
Home Office
Premier Inn: Fires
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department plans to make an assessment of whether combustible materials in the roof contributed to the spread of the fire at the Premier Inn near Cribbs Causeway on 18 July 2019.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 05 August 2019

Avon FRS has confirmed that it will be conducting an investigation into the fire.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Department for Education
Children: Exploitation
Commons
To Ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 273801 on Child Exploitation, how many children-in-need assessments were undertaken in which criminal exploitation through county lines was identified as a potential risk to the child’s life in each year since 2015.
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Answered by: Mrs Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 02 August 2019
Holding answer received on 25 July 2019

Regarding the number of children in need assessments undertaken in which criminal exploitation through county lines was identified as a potential risk to the child’s life, the information requested is not held centrally.

As part of the Children in Need census, we collect factors identified at the end of the assessment. These factors include trafficking, gangs and child sexual exploitation. However, this information gives no specific indication of county lines involvement or a risk to the child’s life. The information in fact indicates that the child has been referred and assessed by the local authority and that these issues were a factor at the end of assessment.

Information on the number of factors identified at the end of assessment, including trafficking, gangs and child sexual exploitation, is published in table C3 of the ‘Characteristics of children in need’ statistical release, which can be viewed at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-children-in-need.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Department for Education
Children: Exploitation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 273801 on Child Exploitation, what plans his Department has to ensure that local authorities monitor the risk of criminal exploitation to children within their area.
A
Answered by: Mrs Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 02 August 2019
Holding answer received on 31 July 2019

Further to the answer provided by the former Home Secretary (Sajid Javid), my right hon. Friend, the Member for Bromsgrove, on 15 July, the statutory guidance ‘Working together to safeguard children (2018)’ sets out how the 3 safeguarding partners – the police, Clinical Commissioning Groups and the local authority - should have a clear understanding of the collective needs of children locally when commissioning effective services. These collective needs include the risks of criminal exploitation that are faced by children. In addition, the local authority is under a duty to monitor and report on serious child safeguarding incidents to the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel.

The safeguarding partners must publish an annual report setting out what they have done as a result of the arrangements, including how effective these arrangements have been in practice. They must also include how they will use data and intelligence to assess the effectiveness of the help being provided to children and families as well as the procedures and processes for cases relating to the abuse, neglect and exploitation of children, including in relation to child criminal exploitation.

As part of the department’s annual ‘Children in Need’ census, local authorities are also required to report to the department on the factors identified at the end of the assessment of children, including trafficking, missing children, gangs and child sexual exploitation, all of which may be related to the risk of child criminal exploitation.

The Home Office have provided £3.6 million for the establishment of the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre (NCLCC) to enhance the intelligence picture and support cross-border efforts to tackle county lines. The NCLCC supports operational policing as well as providing a central point at which intelligence and information is shared and the links with criminal exploitation and illegal drugs markets are identified.

In November 2018, the Director General of the National Crime Agency formally tasked all Chief Constables to direct all forces to implement a more consistent and prioritised intelligence and operational response, in respect of county lines drugs supply, to include the submission of intelligence to the NCLCC and a prioritised response to high-risk lines and gangs.

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