HC Deb 12 April 2002 vol 383 c683W
Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children classified as at risk have been killed in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [46440]

Jacqui Smith

The information requested is not currently collected centrally. However, we are developing a comprehensive database of all serious case reviews, carried out in accordance with Chapter 8 ofWorking Together to Safeguard Children——the Government's guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, to improve the national recording of serious incidents, including deaths and serious injuries. This will enable us to identify the numbers and types of a range of serious cases, where the children concerned are known to social services Departments.