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Current Consultations

Funding for Children and Young People with SEND - England

The Department for Education has launched a consultation calling for evidence on distributing special educational needs and disability (SEND) funding more fairly in future.

Further details on the website.


Closing date: 27 February 2015, 5pm


Revisions to working together to safeguard children - England

Launch date 6 January 2015
Respond by 3 February 2015

About this consultation

This consultation document seeks views about three proposed changes to the statutory guidance. The government is not consulting on the updates and clarifications set out in Annex A. Following this consultation, the government proposes to update and replace the current statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children revised and published in 2013.

The three proposed changes being consulted on are:

  • the referral of allegations against those who work with children;
  • notifiable incidents involving the care of a child; and
  • the definition of serious harm for the purposes of serious case reviews.

The current guidance can be viewed by clicking on this link:

This is statutory guidance which aims to help professionals understand what they need to do under the law, and what they can expect from one another, to safeguard children. It focuses on the core legal requirements and it makes clear what individuals and organisations should do to keep children safe. It does not include practice guidance, or detailed guidance about what action professionals should take in response to specific situations. These are matters best left to professional judgement, taking account of the unique circumstances and factors involved in each particular case.

The government would like to hear your views on these proposals.

Respond online

Please use the online system wherever possible.

Visit to submit your response

Other ways to respond

If for exceptional reasons, you are unable to use the online system, for example because you use specialist accessibility software that is not compatible with the system, you may download a word document version of the form and email it or post it.

By email

By post

Working Together Consultation
Department for Education
Floor 1, Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3BT

The consultation closes on at 5.00pm on 3 February 2015.

Revised Statutory Guidance on the education of looked after children published – England

The Department for Education has published revised statutory guidance on the education of looked after children.

It can be found here:

The revised guidance details the duty on local authorities and Virtual School Heads (VSH) to promote the educational achievement of the children they look after, including those placed out of authority.

This guidance replaces statutory guidance issued in March 2010 and reflects the now statutory nature of the VSH role. Some of the key duties in the guidance include local authorities ensuring that VSHs are in place and that they have the resources, time, training and support they need to discharge the duty effectively.

Local authorities must also have robust procedures in place to monitor the attendance and educational progress of the children their authority looks after, and Children in Care Councils should regularly share the educational experiences and issues raised by looked after children.

Areas also covered in the guidance are pupil premiums, school admission, school exclusions and supporting transitions from care.

Guide to ‘Staying Put’ arrangements for fostered young people published - England

A new guide has been launched, explaining the implementation of the recently introduced 'Staying Put' arrangements which allow fostered young people in England to remain in their placements until age 21.

Published by the Children's Partnership, the voluntary and community sector strategic partner to the Department for Education, Staying Put – a good practice guide has been written for everyone involved in making and supporting staying put arrangements in England. It will be particularly relevant to practitioners and managers in children's social services, independent reviewing officers, foster carers and looked after young people.

'Staying Put - a good practice guide' is available from:

FosterTalk Limited, Registered Company in England and Wales
10 The Courtyard, Buntsford Gate, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 3DJ
Registered Company Number: 06318354