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Council Tax exemptions for care leavers in Wales
The Welsh Government wants your views on proposals to exempt care leavers from paying Council Tax until their 25th birthday.
Consultation launched: 7 November 2018
Consultation ends: 19 December 2018
For further information about the consultation, please click here.
A new regulatory framework for adoption services
The Welsh Assembly Government wants your views on a new regulatory framework for adoption services in Wales. This forms part of phase 3 of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016, due to come into effect in April 2019.
Consultation launched: 4 September 2018
Consultation ends: 27 November 2018
For details of the consultation and how to respond, click here.
Fostering services regulations
The Welsh government is seeking your views on changes to the regulation of fostering services in Wales.
This consultation seeks your views on a new set of fostering regulations to replace The Fostering Services (Wales) Regulations 2003.
The proposed regulations include:
- requirements upon local authority fostering services
- requirements upon independent fostering agencies
- a revised process for approving foster parents.
We are also seeking your views on draft statutory guidance and a code of practice to accompany the regulations.
We are holding information events:
- Wrexham 16 July 2018
- Cardiff 19 July 2018
To attend contact RISCAct2016@gov.wales by Friday 6 July.
Spaces are limited and subject to availability.
Legislative proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment
The Welsh Assembly Government wants your views on the proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment.
It is against the law for a parent or carer to smack their child, except where this amounts to ‘reasonable punishment’ (section 58 Children Act 2004).
We are consulting on the development of a legislative proposal to remove this defence. This would not create a new criminal offence, but would remove a defence to the existing offence of common assault or battery.
Consultation Opens: 9th January 2018
Consultation Closes: 2nd April 2018
Responses can be submitted in the following ways: Online, by email or by post.
Click here for further information.
Draft Autism (Wales) Bill: Consultation – Wales
The National Assembly for Wales is seeking views on the draft Autism (Wales) Bill, which would make provision for meeting the needs of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder in Wales and require the Welsh Government to publish an autism strategy and guidance on how it should be used. The Autism (Wales) Bill has been introduced as a Members’ Bill by Paul Davies AM (Preseli Pembrokeshire) and developed following a previous consultation on the concept of and Autism Bill.
Closing date: 17 April 2018
Further details and links to the draft Bill and consultation letter are provided on the National Assembly for Wales website.
Physical punishment of children: Wales
Welsh Children’s Minister Huw Irranca-Davies, speaking at a joint conference, organised by ISPCAN, BASPCAN, NSPCC Cymru/ Wales and Children in Wales, on 14 March reiterated the Welsh Government’s view that the physical punishment of a child is no longer acceptable in Wales. The Welsh Government is consulting on the proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment of children in Wales, which would mean that any adult looking after a child would no longer be able to use physical or corporal punishment against them. The consultation closes on 02 April 2018.
Source: Welsh Government Date: 14 March 2018
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.
Children and the GDPR Guidance: ICO Consultation
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.
Special Guardianship Orders
The Welsh Government is seeking your views on amendments to the Special Guardianship (Wales) regulations 2005 and a new code of practice for local authorities.
The amendments cover:
- The assessment of potential special guardians
- Provision of support to former looked after children
- Entitlement to assessment for special guardianship support services.
The code of practice covers local authority functions in relation to special guardianship orders.
Closing Date: 27 November 2017
Emotional and mental health of children and young people consultation
The National Assembly for Wales, Children Young People and Education Committee is consulting on the terms of reference for the inquiry on the emotional and mental health of children and young people. The inquiry will consider whether the Welsh government’s review of the ‘Together for children and young people programme’ is on track to deliver the ‘step-change’ in the child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) services that is needed.
The deadline for responses is 29 September 2017. For more information, please click here.