Weekly political news round up – Friday 10th January 2014

January 10, 2014 in News by Whitehouse

Around the sector

The Department for Education has announced that it will invest £30 million to recruit and train a pool of 1,800 “independent supporters” – champions drawn from independent voluntary, community and private organisations, to provide one-to-one support and advice for families of children with special education needs to ensure they understand the new needs assessment process. The Council for Disabled Children will oversee the recruitment and training of the independent supporters in time for the implementation of the SEN reforms.

Public Health England has published the first Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Framework, which brings together and builds upon health outcome data from the Public Health Outcomes Framework and the NHS Outcomes Framework. The data provided, however, are not new and do not presently include anything continence related.

Children and Young People Now has reported that Alison O’Sullivan has been announced as the vice president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services for 2014/15. O’Sullivan is the Director of both children’s and adult services at Kirklees Council.

Update on the Children and Families Bill

The third day of the Report Stage of the Children and Families Bill took place this week, where the debates on the SEN Clauses were concluded. The fourth and final day of the Report Stage of the Bill in the Lords has yet to have been scheduled, and is likely to be followed shortly by the Third Reading. The final day of Report and the Third Reading are not likely to take place until the week commencing 20th January at the earliest, with the Bill’s road to receiving Royal Assent seemingly secure now Parts 1-3 have been through report without any changes forced on the Government.

However, during the Report Stage several concessions were made by the Government, including on the “have regard to age” concern and provision for young offenders, with a series of amendments introduced allowing young people in custody to be eligible for Education, Health and Care Plans.