Enquire Now About Membership
The impact of social media and screen use on young people’s health inquiry
The Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health. The Committee would particularly welcome the perspectives and experiences, and details of any initiatives taken, by children, schools and youth organisations.
MPs welcome thoughts on:
- the wellbeing benefits from social media usage, including any apps that provide mental-health benefits to users
- the physical or mental harms from social media use and screen-use, including safety risks and the extent of any addictive behaviour
- any measures being used, or needed, to mitigate any potential harmful effects of excessive screen-use
- what monitoring, controls or regulation are needed and where responsibility and accountability should lie for such measures
- areas that should be the focus of any further research
Submit your written view in no more than 3,000 words through the committee’s inquiry page here.
Closes: 6 April 2018
Children and the GDPR Guidance: ICO Consultation – UK
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is consulting on draft guidance on the GDPR provisions intended to enhance the protection of children’s personal data. The draft guidance sets out the ICO’s recommended approach to ensuring a child’s right to privacy is met when their personal data is processed.
Closes: 28 February 2018
Further details and consultation documents can be found on the ICO website.
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
Closes: Noon, 2 March 2018
The consultation papers and a link to the online consultation form are provided on the Gov.uk website.
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.
Care Crisis Review: Surveys for Practitioners and Families
Family Rights Group (FRG) have launched two online surveys to gather views from practitioners and families as part of the call for evidence that will inform the sector-led Care Crisis Review of the rise in applications for care orders and the numbers of children in care. One survey has been devised for practitioners, senior managers, elected members and the judiciary, and another for family members whose children are or have been involved with children’s social care services or subject to care proceedings. A separate survey for children and young people is also planned.
Closes: 11 February 2018 (at midnight)
Further details and links to the surveys are provided on the FRG website.
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.
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.