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Local and National Consultations

Details of current consultations are available on this page.

If there is nothing listed it means that we are not currently holding any consultations at the moment.

 

 

 

Consultation on SoT Local Authority Home to School Transport Policy - Sept 2020/21

We are proposing changes to our transport policy. We have attached a copy of the policy and would be grateful for your comments. In addition we would be grateful if you could send to your Chair of Governors for comment.

The main changes are with regard to the charges for non-statutory school age.

Both documents are available to view in the Related Documents section of this page.

The Online Survey is available here.

Government Consultations on Restraint and School Transport - September 2019

We set out below a range of information about current Department for Education consultations on restraint and school transport and about a range of issues over support for pupils with medical conditions. Please share this information widely, including with schools.

1. Government consultations on restraint and school transport

There are two current DfE consultations that may be of particular interest to SEND stakeholders, one on restraint and one on school transport (for pupils aged up to 16). We are keen to have as healthy a response rate as possible to these consultations. Please do help us to draw these consultations to the attention of anyone with a potential interest and encourage people to respond. This will help to ensure that the decisions to be taken by Ministers following these consultations are informed by consideration of the full implications for pupils with special educational needs, disabilities and/or medical conditions.

1.1 Consultation on restraint

New guidance

In June the Department for Education (DfE) published, jointly with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), non-statutory guidance on reducing restraint and restrictive intervention in health and social care services and special education settings. The guidance aims to help settings adopt a preventative approach to supporting children and young people whose behaviour challenges as a result of learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions or mental health difficulties.

The publication sets out relevant law and guidance and provides a framework of core values and key principles to support a proactive approach to supporting children and young people who have behaviour that challenges; and a reduction in the need to use restraint and restrictive intervention.

Consultation

At the same time, the DfE published a consultation to gather views on whether there is a need for guidance on reducing restraint and restrictive interventions for mainstream schools, mainstream post-16 settings and Alternative Provision; and whether guidance should apply to a wider cohort of children and young people with SEND.  

The consultation closes on 17 October 2019.

 

1.2 Consultation on school transport for pupils aged under 16

The Department for Education also has a live consultation about updating the statutory guidance for local authorities on home to school travel and transport (for pupils aged under 16). (There is separate guidance about transport for post-16 students.)

Please help raise awareness of the exercise and encourage responses from those with an interest in the implications for pupils with SEND or medical conditions.

School transport generally is clearly of major importance to pupils with SEND. In addition, specific issues touched on in the guidance and the consultation document include: 

  • travel training;
  • behaviour during travel; and
  • support during travel for pupils with medical conditions.

The consultation closes on 31 October 2019.

Open consultation - Serious violence: new legal duty to support multi-agency action - 1st April 2019

Summary

We are seeking views on options to support a multi-agency approach to preventing and tackling serious violence.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 28 May 2019 and is available here. Please also see the Related Documents section of this page to read the Consultation Paper.

Tackling serious violence requires a multi-agency approach involving a range of partners and agencies such as education, health, social services, housing, youth and victim services, offender management and others. It is also vital that public agencies work in partnership with the voluntary and charitable sector to develop targeted interventions in local communities. Action should be guided by evidence of the problems and what works in tackling their root causes. To do this, we must bring organisations together to share information, data and intelligence and encourage them to work in concert rather than in isolation.

The consultation paper sets out options for supporting a multi-agency or ‘public health’ approach including options for the introduction of a new legal duty and a non-legislative option for partners to work together voluntarily to prevent and tackle serious violence.

We would like to hear from:

  • those with expertise in working with young people at risk of criminal involvement and/or re-offending or victimisation
  • those involved in law enforcement
  • the communities affected by serious violence.

This includes relevant professionals, such as those working in:

  • social care
  • education
  • law enforcement
  • local government
  • community safety
  • youth services
  • offender management
  • public health and healthcare.

We would also value responses from the voluntary sector and, in recognition of multi-agency approaches outside England and Wales, we would also welcome responses from across the UK.

Open consultation - The launch of the call for evidence for the review of the Autism Strategy - 14th March 2019

Today, 14 March, the Department of Health and Social Care, with the Department for Education, has launched a national call for evidence to inform our review of the Autism Strategy. The call for evidence is inviting views from autistic people, their families and carers as well as those of professionals. It is aimed at finding out what is working, where progress has been made and, importantly, where we need to push harder to transform the lives of autistic people, their families and carers.

The call for evidence can be accessed online at the following link https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/autism/2e4ae18d and is open for responses until 16 May 2019.

As well as the opportunity to give views online, we are working with organisations and networks, to organise face to face sessions with groups of autistic people, including children and young people.

We are keen to gather as many views as possible and would be very grateful if you could share the link via your websites, networks and social media.

Thanks to everyone who has helped to inform this work.

Consultation on mandatory Learning Disability and Autism training for Health and Care staff - 13th February 2019

The Department of Health and Social Care are consulting on its intention to introduce mandatory training for health and care staff.

The Department aims to raise the awareness of staff to improve the support that people with learning disabilities and autism receive in health and care services, in particular to reduce the mortality rates.

The consultation is open until 29 March and is available here

PfA Survey of 'Housebound' Young People - 3rd January 2019

When was the last time you left the house? An hour ago? Yesterday? OR struggling to remember?

We are currently gathering data to better understand how young people are affected by being housebound and so we can better support them in the future. We would really appreciate a moment of your time to fill in the survey below. Looking for responses from a variety of people including; young people themselves, parent carers and professionals who know young people.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3L5VYX5



Closing date 28th February 2019.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Inquiry Launched - 18th April 2018

The Education Committee launches inquiry into support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The Inquiry

In 2014, the Government introduced wide-reaching changes to the SEND system, with the intention of offering simpler, improved and consistent help for children and young people with SEND. The Government claimed these changes would give families greater choice in decisions. The Committee’s new inquiry is intended to review the success of these reforms, how they have been implemented, and what impact they are having in meeting the challenges faced by children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

To read further please click here

To complete a written submission to the Education Committees Inquiry please click here 

 

House of Commons

National Elective Home Education Consultation - 10th April 2018

Call for evidence on greater oversight of children whose parents elect to educate them at home, and consultation on revised DfE guidance documents..

Why We Are Consulting

This consultation has two parts. First, it is a call for evidence on issues connected with elective home education, in particular:

  1. registration of children educated at home;
  2. monitoring of home education provision; and
  3. support for home-educating families

Secondly, it seeks comment on draft versions of two DfE guidance documents about elective home education, one designed for local authorities and one for parents.

Both documents are available to view in the Related Documents section of this page.

To read further please click here

The Online Survey is available here

DofE Consultation Hub

National NHS Survey on Personal Health Budgets

Do you work with people who have a personal health budget, or have had one in the past?

Almost 23,000 people are now receiving personal health budgets and integrated personal budgets in England. It is important for people to be able to share their experiences, from first conversations through to ongoing support they receive. NHS England has introduced the first national personal health budget experience survey, with plans to recommission it on a yearly basis, in order to improve how budgets are offered in England. The survey will run until 30 April.

To complete the survey please click here

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