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Open Consultations

Transition from Children’s to Adults’ Services

NICE National institute for Health and Care Excellence are consulting on a draft quality standard to cover all young people (aged up to 25) using children’s health and social care services who are due to make the transition to adults’ services. It will include young people:

  • in local authority care
  • with mental health problems
  • with disabilities
  • with long-term, life-limiting or complex needs.

The standard will cover the period before, during and after a young person moves from children’s to adults’ services.

The deadline for comments is 22 August 2016.

More information is available on the NICE website.


Future of Social Care Inspection

Ofsted is seeking views on proposed changes across Ofsted’s inspections of children’s social care. The consultation has four parts:

  • principles for children’s social care inspections
  • a new approach to inspections of local authority children’s services from 2018
  • a new common inspection framework for social care establishments, agencies, boarding schools and residential special schools from April 2017
  • changes to inspections of independent fostering agencies.

The consultation closes on 9 September 2016.

More information is available on the Gov.uk website.


Knowledge and Skills Statement for achieving permanence

The Department for Education is seeking views on the content of the knowledge and skills statement for child and family workers involved in permanence planning. This consultation runs from 4th July to 9 September 2016

Why We Are Consulting

This consultation is seeking views on our draft knowledge and skills statement for achieving permanence. We are consulting on this statement as:

  • A statement of what social workers need to know and be able to do in order to successfully undertake the assessment, analysis and permanence decision making we require of them, and progress permanence plans with urgency and skill; and
  • A statement to inform the content of the continuous professional development programme.

This consultation is for young people, foster carers, adoptive parents, social workers – Give Us Your Views

Online Survey

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Closed Consultations

30-hour free childcare entitlement

The Department for Education is inviting views on how they should provide an extended entitlement of up to 30 hours free childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year-olds. More information is available on the Department for Education Consultation Hub.

Closing date: 6 June 2016



Children and Young People’s Mental Health: Peer Support – England

The Department for Education has launched a consultation seeking views on the most effective support methods to help improve the mental health of children and young people.   The call for evidence aims to find out more about:

  • what works in peer support for children and young  people’s mental wellbeing;
  • the approaches that are currently available; and
  • how things might be improved.

More information including a link to a young people’s call for evidence is available on the Department for Education Consultation Hub.

Closing date: 24th March 2016


Keeping Children Safe in Education: Proposed Changes to Statutory Guidance – England

The Department for Education is seeking views on proposed revisions to statutory guidance for schools on keeping children safe. The revised guidance document, which replaces ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015′, provides information on what schools and colleges should know and do, and sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply in order to keep children safe.
The consultation documents and response form can be found on the Gov.uk website

Closing date: 16 February 2016


Views Sought on Inspecting Special Educational Needs Provision – England

Inspectors from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission will assess how effectively local areas are fulfilling their obligations towards children and young people with special educational needs from May 2016, under new proposals announced. The organisations want these inspections to act as catalysts for improvement. They have launched a consultation to seek responses to the proposals from all those with an interest in disability and special educational needs, including young people.

Further details are on the Ofsted press release

The consultation documents are available on the Gov.uk website
Closing date: 4 January 2016

The Family Rights Group is running a survey for kinship carers in England and Wales. Its aim is to fill research and policy gaps about kinship care to inform campaign work to secure a better deal for kinship carers.

To take part in the survey please click here