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Children and Social Work Bill
Committee stage is where detailed examination of the Bill takes place. Most Committees are able to take evidence from experts and interest groups outside Parliament.
The Children and Social Work Bill Public Bill Committee is currently gathering written evidence for the Committee stage of the Bill. The Committee stage is expected to end on 17 January 2017 but may finish earlier.
Summary of the Bill
The Bill relates to:
- support for, and education of, looked after and previously looked after children;
- child safeguarding and proper performance;
- pre-employment protection of whistleblowers;
- the regulation of Social Workers.
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Investigations into deaths of children in secure accommodation
The Welsh Government is consulting on amendments to the Children’s Homes (Wales) Regulations 2002.
This will aid investigations by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) into the death of a child in a secure children’s home in Wales by:
- ensuring the PPO is notified of any such deaths
- giving the PPO access to the home and its records
- giving the PPO powers to interview affected parties.
Consultation end date: 16 Dec 2016
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Supporting learners with healthcare needs
The Welsh Government is seeking views on the revised draft version of the Supporting learners with healthcare needs guidance document.
The Access to education and support for children and young people with medical needs guidance document was originally published in 2010. The revised draft version, now titled Supporting learners with healthcare needs, is shorter and takes account of changes to equalities legislation and new guidance on keeping Salbutamol Inhalers on school premises.
Consultation starts: 24.2.16
Consultation ends 29.4.16
School Pupil Eye Care Service for Wales
Start of consultation: 08/02/2016
End of consultation: 02/05/2016
The Welsh Government is proposing that eye tests will be offered to pupils who are learning in a special school setting.
It will form a new part of the existing primary care Wales Eye Care Services.
Special School Ophthalmic teams, consisting of optometrists, orthoptists and dispensing opticians will provide the service to pupils within the school setting during the school day.
Visual impairment and blindness is relatively rare in children. However, children with learning disabilities are at a much higher risk of sight problems, eye health disorders and refractive errors. There is also evidence of barriers to accessing eye care and hence high unmet need.
How to respond
Please submit your comments by 02 May 2016.
Ophthalmic Policy Branch, 4 Floor (East), CP2
Large print, Braille and alternative language versions of this document are available on request.
Telephone: 02920 370371
Draft Local Government (Wales) Bill and Explanatory Memorandum
This Welsh Government consultation seeks views on its proposals to reduce the number of councils in Wales from 22 to 8 or 9.
Fewer councils could save £650m
Reforms to local government in Wales will deliver net savings of up to £650m over 10 years, the Welsh Government has announced. The Draft Local Government (Wales) Bill, published on 24th November, sets out how significant savings can be made in order to protect frontline services at a time of unprecedented demand. Under the bill, the current 22 councils will be merged into 8 or 9, cutting overheads, and acting as a catalyst for reforming the way services are delivered to citizens. Consultation closes 15th February
How to respond:
By email to: RLGProgramme@wales.gsi.gov.uk
By Post to:
Reforming Local Government
Producing a New Travel Behaviour Code
This consultation seeks your views on our proposals for producing a new All-Wales Travel Behaviour Code (‘Travel Code’) for children and young people to and from school.
The statutory Travel Code sets out the rights and responsibilities of learners when travelling; provides advice on how to ensure a safe journey, as far as is practicable, and sets out a legal framework for the removal of transport from learners who are in breach of the Code. It applies to all learners aged 5-19 regardless of the mode of travel from home to school (or between schools).
Concerns have been raised regarding certain areas of the Travel Code which are not working effectively. Our aim is to work out how these can be realistically addressed and to produce a new, more effective Travel Code.
Further information can be found here: http://gov.wales/consultations/education/producing-a-new-travel-behaviour-code/?lang=en
How to respond:
Please submit your comments by 10 February 2016, in any of the following ways:
Learner Travel Team
Public Transport Division
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.
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