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Restraint and Restrictive Intervention: Consultation on Draft Guidance – England

The Departments of Health and Education have issued draft guidance that aims to help special education, health and care settings reduce the need for restraint and restrictive intervention for children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and mental health needs. The guidance is non-statutory and advisory and applies to wide range of settings including children’s homes (which includes secure children’s homes) and local authority approved foster care placements (which includes independent foster agency placements).

Closing date: 24 January 2018

The consultation documents and online survey can be found on the DH Consultation Hub.


Changes to teaching of sex and relationship education and PSHE

Opens: 19 December 2017

Closes: 12 February 2018 11.45pm

The Department for Education (DfE) invites your views to help improve the teaching of sex and relationship education (SRE) and personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) by taking part in their survey.

Pupils in England’s schools are currently taught about relationships, health and the wider world through sex and relationship education (SRE) and personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) lessons.

The DfE is looking into how they can improve these subjects and will be asking specific questions depending on whether you are a young person or an adult.

This survey asks for your views on a number of topics related to these subjects. It should take around 30 minutes to complete. The DfE will use your comments to help further refine their thinking and proposals.

This consultation is being held on another website.


Keeping Children Safe in Education: Consultation on Proposed Revisions

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued a consultation on proposed revisions to ‘Keeping children safe in education’, the statutory guidance that sets out what schools and colleges should do and the legal duties with which they must comply to keep children safe.

Closing date: 22 February 2018

Further details and links to the consultation documents and survey are provided on the DfE Consultation Hub.


Green Paper on Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: Consultation

The Departments for Health and Education have issued a green paper describing measures the government intends to take to improve mental health support for children and young people, with a focus on earlier intervention and prevention particularly in or linked to schools and colleges. The Green Paper ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’ sets out the evidence on the prevalence and impact of mental health problems for children and young people, the current service provision and actions already underway, and a series of specific and wider proposals for improving support to children and young people. The three core proposals are set out in the green paper are as follows:

  • Incentivise and support all schools to identify and train a Designated Senior Lead for Mental Health
  • Fund new Mental Health Support Teams to provide specific extra capacity for early intervention and ongoing help
  • Reduce waiting times for NHS services for those children and young people who need specialist help

Closing date: Noon, 2 March 2018

The consultation papers and a link to the online consultation form are provided on the Gov.uk website.




Closed Consultations

Working Together to Safeguard Children: revisions to statutory guidance

Opens: 25 October 2017

Closes: 31 December 2017

The Department for Education invites your views on changes to the statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ and new regulations

Why We Are Consulting

This consultation seeks views on significant revisions to ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ – the statutory guidance which sets out what is expected of organisations, individually and jointly, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. These revisions are being made largely to reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

For further information and a link to the Consultation Form click here.

Corporate parenting: leaving care

The Department for Education (DFE) is consulting on guidance accompanying sections 1 to 3 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 relating to corporate parenting. Views are sought on:

  • draft statutory guidance for local authorities on applying the corporate parenting principles to care and pathway planning;
  • draft statutory guidance on extending the personal adviser duty to care leavers age 25;
  • an illustrative local offer for care leavers and accompanying guidance on the local offer for local authorities.

Opens:  16 October 2017

Closes 27th November 2017

For further information and a link to the Consultation Form click here.


The UK Government has launched a survey to understand the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people living in the UK.  In order to respond you should be a member of the LGBT community, over 16 and living in the UK

The consultation closes at 11.45 pm on 15th October 2017.

For more information please see here.


Call for evidence – Fostering Stocktake

Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers have been appointed by the Secretary of State for Education to conduct a National Fostering Stocktake. As a first step, they are seeking views on the current state of foster care in England and how the prospects of children in care might be improved through changes to fostering.

They would like to hear from the following about how to make fostering more effective in meeting the needs of children:

  • practitioners
  • academics
  • foster carers
  • children in care
  • children and adults who have left care

They are looking at:

  • the types of fostering currently offered by providers
  • the status, role and function of foster carers in relation to other professionals
  • how we commission, regulate and inspect fostering settings
  • what works best in fostering settings to improve outcomes for children and young people
  • How we can improve the experiences of young people entering foster care, transitioning between placements, and leaving foster care

The closing date is 16 June 2017 and responses should be emailed to Stocktake.FOSTERING@education.gov.uk

Further Information about the Fostering Stocktake and how to respond can be found here.

You can download the further information about the Fostering Stocktake here.