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Open Consultation

Funding and Provision of Local Authorities’ Children’s Services Inquiry: Call for Written Submissions

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has launched an inquiry into the funding and provision of local authorities’ children’s services and is inviting written submissions on the following questions:

  • Is the funding for local authorities’ children’s services sufficient to enable local authorities to fulfil their statutory duties?
  • What are the financial challenges for local authorities’ in providing non-statutory services?
  • How can funding for children’s services be made more sustainable in the short and long term?
  • How can innovative approaches to the design and delivery of children’s services support financial sustainability?

Closing date: 18 December 2018

Further details and a link to the Inquiry page are provided in the news item on the Parliament website here.


Closed Consultations

Ofsted launches point-in-time surveys

The surveys are for children, parents, foster carers, adopters, staff and other professionals. Ofsted inspectors want to hear what they have to say about the establishment or agency. Their responses will help inform future inspections. Ofsted is asking for responses by 17 August 2018.

Establishments and agencies should provide a link to the surveys to everyone on Ofsted’s behalf. Alternatively, anyone wishing to offer their views can contact Ofsted on 0300 123 1231 (select option 5 and then option 2) or email enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk.

If you’re a provider, have a look at our guidance about social care surveys, including a promotional poster.


Family and friends care: revising guidance

Published 10 May 2018 by the Department for Education

The Department for Education are seeking views on revisions made to include asylum seeking children being brought to the UK under the Dublin III Regulation to join family or relatives.

Further details and a link to the consultation website are on the Gov.uk website.

This consultation closes at
5pm on 4 July 2018


Survey for foster carers

Nottingham Trent University is asking foster carers and those working in residential care homes for children and young people to complete a short survey on how they are affected by the work they do to support children and young people. It will be used to understand whether foster carers experience vicarious trauma (similar to burnout or secondary traumatic stress) and what factors might be protective or increase risk.

Closing date: 31 May 2018

The survey is available here.


School exclusions review: call for evidence

The Department for Education (DfE) is seeking views and evidence on school exclusion practice in England as part of a review of school exclusions. The review will explore the drivers of exclusion rates and, in particular, the factors that drive the disproportionate exclusion of some groups of pupils including pupils from certain ethnic groups; pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible for free school meals in the last six years; those with special educational needs; looked after children; and children in need.

Further information:

Further details and a link to the consultation website are on the Gov.uk website.

Exclusions review: call for evidence (PDF)

The call for evidence closes on 6 May 2018.


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.