HC Deb 29 April 1998 vol 311 c147W
Mr. Dawson

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what measures he will take to ensure that young people in care have their education, employment and training needs met. [40114]

Ms Estelle Morris

The Department is examining urgently ways to secure that the education, employment and training needs of young people who are looked after by the local authority are met more effectively. We have set up a national forum, including representatives of leading statutory and voluntary agencies, to look at a range of possible initiatives. These include issuing statutory guidance to authorities and schools, providing better information on, and setting targets for, educational outcomes, and promoting advocacy schemes.