details of evidence presented by NSPCC to support their claims re home education

Elaine Walton made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Children, Schools and Families

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Dear Sir or Madam,
Could you please furnish me with all the evidence the NSPCC gave you to support their request that a review be held on elective home education

Yours faithfully,
Elaine Walton

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Dear Elaine

Thank you for your recent email. A reply will be sent to you as soon as
possible. For information, the departmental standard for correspondence
received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you
are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number
2009/0030848.

Thank you.

Central Allocation Team

Public Communications Team

Tel: 0870 0002288
www.dcsf.gov.uk

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Department for Children, Schools and Families

Dear Ms Walton,
I refer to your request received on 2 April 2009 under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 asking for evidence from the NSPCC to support their
request for a review of home education.

I am writing to advise you that following a search of our paper and
electronic records, I have established that no information that you
requested is held by this Department, other than that available publicly.

The only information we received from the NSPCC which referred to the DCSF
reviewing legislation was in their response to the consultation on `Revised
Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities in England to identify children not
receiving a suitable education'. Question 6 of the consultation concerned
home educated children. The NSPCC's response to the consultation, including
question 6, is available on their website at
[1]http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/policyand...
GuidanceForNotReceivingSuitableEducation_wdf61238.pdf .

The Department's decision to hold an independent review of home education is
part of its continuing commitment to ensuring that systems for keeping
children safe, and ensuring that they receive a suitable education, are as
robust as possible, rather than in response to requests from any individual
organisations. We have been progressively strengthening the systems and it
is good practice to ensure that they are operating as intended. An
independent review of home education is part of this continuing commitment
to strengthening the system and to ensure all children achieve the five
Every Child Matters outcomes.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote our reference number in any future communications.

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request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should write to me within two calendar months of the date of this
letter.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO
cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted our complaints/review
procedure.
Yours sincerely,

Josephine Bell (Mrs)

Independent Schools Partnerships and Strategy Team
[email address]
[2]www.dcsf.gov.uk

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2009/0030848.

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Tania Berlow left an annotation ()

RIGHT SO WHAT THIS GOVERNEMENT DEPARTMENT IS SAYING IS THAT NO ORGANISATION RAISED ALARM AT THE CURRENT LAWS AND GUIDELINES.

HOW ABOUT THE LEA'S

DID THEY ONLY RAISE ALARM AFTER S436A WAS SLIPPED INTO LEGISLATION.

S436A CHANGED THE DUTY OF LEA'S SO THAT NOW THEY HAD A DUTY IN LAW TO LOCATE ALL EHE CHILDREN

WHEREAS PREVIOUSLY IN THE 'CHILDREN MISSING EDUCATION REVIEW' HOME EDECUATION WAS SPECIFICALLY MISSED OUT.
POSIBLY LAWS SHOULD BE CHANGED AFTER REVIEWS AND CONSULTATIONS ARE COMPLETEDE NOT BEFORE IN ORDER TO GIVE THEM MORE VALIDITY.