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Open Consultation

Online schools: consultation
The Department for Education (DfE) has opened a consultation on a proposal to establish a voluntary accreditation scheme for online schools. The DfE proposes that accreditation will provide oversight which will ensure that children are being cared for properly, appropriate safeguarding arrangements are in place, and schools are providing a good education.

Further details are available here.

Closing date:  8 November 2019.

Statutory guidance review for local youth services: consultation

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is consulting on how the statutory guidance for local authorities in England on providing youth services can be more useful for local youth service provision and young people.

Further details are available here.

Closing date: 01 December 2019

Independent review of Prevent: consultation

The Home Office has launched a call for evidence for the independent review of Prevent to be carried out by Lord Carlile. Evidence is sought from a broad range of opinions, expertise and experience including health care professionals and schools and higher education institutions.

Further details are available here.

Closing date: 09 December 2019


Closed Consultations

Children’s social care workforce inquiry

The House of Commons Education Select Committee has launched an inquiry to look at the children’s social care workforce. The Committee is inviting written submissions addressing questions including: what is needed from social work – and by social workers in 2019; the capacity and ability of social workers to intervene early to help, support and protect children and their families; and how initiatives and reforms to social work training have impacted on the social work workforce.

Further details are available here.

Closing date: 30 August 2019

Offensive Weapons Act 2019

The Home Office has opened a consultation on draft statutory guidance for the Offensive Weapons Act 2019, which applies in England, Scotland and Wales. The guidance sets out how the legislation should be implemented and applied, including what considerations need to be taken when responding to incidents involving children and young people. This consultation closes on the 9 October 2019. The Home Office has also opened a consultation on guidance for the new Knife Crime Prevention Orders which are a preventative tool to help steer young people aware from knife crime.

Further details are available here.

Closing date: 25 September 2019


Young people wanted to re-design the welfare state

Children England is looking for young people aged 13-21 to lead the next phase of the ChildFair State Inquiry: research and development of a new vision for the welfare state. The project will deal with questions such as: how schools, housing and health can become child- and young people-centred, and how neighbourhoods can help young people thrive. This team of Young Leaders will be supported by Leaders Unlocked, a specialist social enterprise that helps organisations to engage effectively with young people and underrepresented groups, to design and deliver the research project, engaging a total of around 2,500 children and young people.

Further details are available here.

Closing date: 27 September 2019


Social Work England Consultations: CPD, Fitness to Practice, Registration

Social Work England launched three consultations on 20 August 2019.

  • Continuing professional development: A proposal with more detail on the process for how professionals should carry out and record their CPD.
  • Fitness to practise: Three draft guidance documents that provide more detail on how Social Work England propose to progress cases, make decisions at the triage and case examiner stages, and at final hearings.
  • Registration: Three draft guidance documents that sit behind the registration rules and provide further detail on the application process and requirements for registration.

Further details are available here.

Closing date: 30 September 2019


Children and young people in custody inquiry

The House of Commons Justice Committee is holding an inquiry into children and young people in custody in England and Wales. The inquiry will look at: how the young offender population has changed and the challenges in managing this group; whether the secure estate is a fit and proper place to hold children and young people; and arrangements for resettlement and rehabilitation.

Further details are available here.

Closing date: 01 October 2019