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Children: Social Services

Question for Department for Education

UIN 131357, tabled on 17 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Health and Social Care on incorporating children’s social care services into Integrated Care Systems.

Answered on

12 January 2021

As the ‘NHS Integrating Care – The next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems across England’ guidance sets out, “as Integrated Care Systems are established and evolve, this will create opportunities to further strengthen partnership working between local government, the NHS, public health and social care”.

The department is wholly supportive of closer partnership working that improves safeguarding and protection of children. We are clear in the arrangements set out in the Working Together to Safeguard Children’ guidance that there is a shared responsibility between organisations and agencies to safeguard, and promote, the welfare of all children in a local area. That is why we have placed an equal duty on health, police, and local authorities to ensure these agencies make arrangements to promote the welfare of children. We will continue to work closely with colleagues in the Department of Health and Social Care, and the wider safeguarding sector, on this vital agenda.