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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.

NICE child abuse and neglect consultation

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has launched a consultation on draft guidance aimed at helping people who work with children to spot and stop abuse and neglect. The guidelines include physical, mental and sexual abuse as well as newly recognised forms of abuse such as Female Genital Mutilation, sexual exploitation, child trafficking and forced marriage, and outlines both ‘soft’ and ‘harder’ signs. The expected publication date for the guidance is September 2017.

Closing date: 19 April 2017

Further information is on the NICE website.

Views, experiences and perceptions of children in care and care leavers – call for evidence

The National Children’s Bureau and Research in Practice have launched a call for evidence to identify methods used to seek the views, experiences and perceptions of children in care and care leavers and outputs from any activities. The results will be considered by the Children’s Commissioner for England to help inform a future “State of the Nation” report on children in care and care leavers. The deadline for responses is 20 March 2017.

Source: National Children’s Bureau Date: 27 February 2017

Further information: Call for evidence: A rapid review of sources of evidence on the views, experiences and perceptions of children in care and care leavers

Source: Children England  Date: 08 November 2016

Child and adolescent mental health services consultation

NHS England is consulting on five service specifications for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) tier 4. These have been developed with the support of lead clinicians as well as patient and public representatives. In addition to the formal consultation, a series of webinars and face to face events will take place, and two events for young people and their parents/carers. Closing date is 28 February 2017.

Source: NHS England  Date: 09 January 2017

For further information please see: Consultation guide: proposed changes to the service specifications for tier 4 child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) (PDF) and Child and adolescent mental health services consultation