§ Mr. Bernie Grant
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the amounts allocated to local education authorities to enable them to carry out the training initiatives on child protection and child abuse under the new Children Act 1989, as described in consultative paper No. 22 "Working Together".
§ Mr. Fallon
The consultation paper is concerned with inter-agency co-operation, and emphasises the importance of joint training under the auspices of area child protection committees. Local education authorities and schools may choose to make specific provision for training teachers and certain other education staff in matters relating to child protection, drawing as appropriate on the support available under our programme of grants for education support and training. However, their allocations for this purpose cannot be readily quantified.