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Current Consultation

Promoting Education for Children in Care – Northern Ireland

VOYPIC (Voice of Young People in Care) has launched an online survey focusing on children and young people in care and education in Northern Ireland.
The views and experiences gathered will help the Department of Education to develop a policy to support young people to succeed in education.
A link to the survey for children and young people can be found on the VOYPIC website

Foster Carer Study on New Mental Health Screening Tool – UK

A research team based at the University of Surrey is seeking to gather the views of foster carers on a new mental health screening tool from Michael Tarren-Sweeney; the Brief Assessment Checklist. They are asking foster carers of children and young people between 4 and 16 years to complete a brief online survey to share their views. The survey is anonymous and takes just 15 minutes to complete.

The survey can be found on the University of Surrey website  For more information or to ask any questions please email the research team at

Treasury Seeking Views on Budget – UK

The Treasury is seeking views on what should go into the Budget, which will take place on 8 July 2015. The survey asks for one or two issues important to you, with an explanation of why your proposal should be considered and clear, concise evidence to support it.

Closing date: 5 June 2015.

Guidance and a link to the survey are on the Government Online website

Deferring School Starting Age Consultation – Northern Ireland

The Department of Education in Northern Ireland has published consultation proposals on the policy of a one year deferral of the compulsory school starting age for children in exceptional circumstances. This could affect, among others, adopted and looked after children who are experiencing difficulties with developmental milestones. Education Minister John O’Dowd has urged everyone with an interest to have their say.

Further details of the proposals and how to respond are on the website.

Closing date: 6 March 2015, 6pm