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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.




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


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 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.

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 


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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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