§ Jacqui Smith
[pursuant to her reply, 7 May 2002, c. 103W]I regret that my previous reply was incorrect. It should read:
Information on the whole-time equivalent number of staff employed by councils with social services responsibilities in England in relation to child and family support services at 30 September 2001 is shown in the following table. These figures exclude central and strategic staff and certain other categories of staff who provide more generic services across the range of council responsibilities. No information is available centrally on the numbers of people in the private and voluntary sectors who are providing services to children and families on behalf of councils with social services responsibilities.
Staff employed by councils with social services responsibilities in England on child and, family support services (whole-time equivalent) Type of staff Whole-time equivalent at 30 September 2001 Area Office staff (including social work staff, excluding occupational therapists) 21,275 Day Care staff: Family centres 3,715 Nurseries and play groups 2,260 Residential Care staff: Children with learning disabilities 2,045 Community homes for children looked after 8,685 Specialist needs establishments 1,110 Occupational therapists 105
Form SSDS001, annual return of staff employed in social services departments made by local authorities to the Department of Health.