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Consultations – February 2016

Our monthly round-up of some current open consultations that parents and professionals who help children with brain conditions may want to give their opinions on.

“What about YOUth?”
Consultation about the results of a survey of local authority data about health behaviours among 15-year-olds. The data is about general health, diet, use of free time, physical activity, smoking, drinking, emotional wellbeing, drugs and bullying, (Dept of Health).
Closing date: 28 February 2016

Children’s social work reform
A Education Select Committee enquiry on the reform of social work for children (England).
Closing date: 4 March 2016

Consultations – January 2016

We’ve rounded up some open consultations that may be of interest to parents and carers of children with brain conditions.

Keeping children safe in education: proposed changes
The Department for Education in England is consulting on proposed revisions to guidance for schools on keeping children safe.
Closing date: 16 February 2016.

Wraparound and holiday childcare – parents and childcare provider ‘rights to request’
The Department for Education is also seeking views on draft advice about how schools should respond to requests regarding childcare outside of normal school hours and over holidays.
Closing date: 29 February 2016.

Personal Independence Payment: aids and appliances descriptors
Consultation about the Personal Independence Payment Aids and Appliances Descriptors.
Closing date: 29 January 2016.

SENDirect are asking families for suggestions about adjustments to services for disabled children on social media using the hashtag #SENDreams2016.
Until the end of January.

Eye-care services
The charity SeeAbility is seeking views  about eye-care services, from parents and carers and people with learning disabilities.

Consultations – December 2015

Consultations are your chance to give big organisations like the NHS and other government bodies your opinions on things that matter to you to. This is our monthly round-up of open consultations that might be of interest to our members.

Researchers at Royal Holloway College, University of London
are looking for first-time fathers of infants aged 3-36 months, for a study about fathers’ experience during labour and birth.

Draft guidance for police in handling people in mental health crisis
Comments are invited by 1 January 2016.  Details:  (College of Policing).

News – November 2015

A stack of newspapersOur monthly roundup of news and legislation relevant to families who have children with neurological conditions.

Ambitious Colleges
Ambitious About Autism plan to open two more college facilities for young people with autism, from Summer 2016 in Tottenham and from September 2017 in Isleworth, London. (Ambitious College).

Epilepsy Passport
A downloadable template Epilepsy Passport has been developed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. This is a record that families can use for emergency healthcare visits and other situations.

Autism Diagnosis Crisis
The National Autistic Society invites people to join their campaign for earlier diagnosis of autism.

Victims of Crime
A new Code of Practice for Victims of Crime has been published.  It includes various provisions for victims with disabilities, (Ministry of Justice.  Applies to England and Wales).

New NICE guidance: 
Quality standards on Challenging behaviour in learning disabilities; and Bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia in children and young people, (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence).

A quick guide to immunisations for the parents of premature babies, (NHS). Updated to reflect this year’s changes to the schedule.

“Supporting the Attainment of Disadvantaged Pupils”
A new report by the Dept for Education describing what has worked in selected schools around the country.


2015 asp 11, British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015
Prepares for the preparation and publication of plans in relation to British Sign Language by certain national organisations.

2015 No. 1754, The Universal Credit and Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2015
From dates between November 2015 and April 2016, a number of adjustments to the rules for receiving Universal Credit.

2015 No. 1778 (C. 108), The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2015
From 26 October, means that 17-year-olds who are interviewed or detained by police must now be treated as under-17s in some ways (such as forms of assistance, and care from the local authority).

2015 No. 1776, The National Health Service (Exemptions from Charges, Payments and Remission of Charges) (Amendment and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2015
Changes the rules for entitlement to reimbursement of NHS-related costs (optical, travel etc.). Families can still claim under the old rules for charges incurred up to 31 October 2015.


Local area SEND consultation
About inspections of local areas’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who are disabled and have special educational needs. There are separate versions for adults and children to respond to.
Closing date: 4 January 2016 (applies to England. Ofsted, with the Care Quality Commission).

Consultations – October 2015

Consultations are your chance to give big organisations like the NHS and other government bodies your opinions on things that matter to you to. This is our monthly round-up of open consultations that might be of interest to our members.

Managing Antimicrobial Resistance
NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is consulting on new draft guidelines for managing Antimicrobial resistance – changing risk-related behaviours in the general population, including schools and childcare settings.
Closing date:  20 October 2015.

Transition to Adults’ Services
NICE is also consulting on a draft guideline for Transition from children’s to adults’ services.
Closing date: 22 October 2015.

NHS Maternity Review
The NHS in England is conducting a a review of maternity services, open to both users and providers of services.
Closing date: 31 October 2015.

Consultations – August 2015

Equality and Disability
A House of Lords Select Committee on the Equality Act 2010 is looking for evidence about how well equality is working for disabled people.
Closing date: 4 September 2015.

Special Guardianship Review
Government consultation for a review of Special Guardianship Orders for children, (Dept for Education).
Closing date: 18 September 2015.

Future Social Care Topics
NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is seeking social care related topic suggestions for new guidelines, (NICE are responsible for social care quality standards and guidelines for England).
Closing date: 9 October 2015.

Healthcare in Wales
Consultation about proposals to alter systems related to the quality of healthcare in Wales, (Welsh Government).
Closing date: 20 November 2015.