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Draft SEN Code of Practice: processes and children in specific circumstances

The Draft Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice: for 0 to 25 years published for consultation on 4 October 2013 sets out statutory guidance for organisations who work with and support children and young people with special educational needs. Consultation closes on 9 December 2013. The new arrangements are expected to take effect on…

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Support and Aspiration: Introducing Personal Budgets

Support and Aspiration: Introducing Personal Budgets sets out a framework upon which local plans to implement personal budgets for children, young people, and families can be built. Devised by In Control and SQW on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE), it draws on the draft Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs (DfE October…

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Our children deserve better: prevention pays

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) has devoted her 2012 annual report to improving health and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people. The report includes important messages and recommendations which have implications for local authorities with responsibilities for public health and children's services. These include: - growing evidence for the benefits of early intervention by…

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The Benefits Cap in Haringey

This briefing summarises a report produced jointly by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CiH) and the London Borough of Haringey on the impacts of the benefits cap. The report’s publication on 23 October was the cause of some considerable controversy. The benefit cap limits the total amount of welfare benefits any working age household with…

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Update on the Care Bill and Independent Age report on top-up fees

• This briefing provides an update on significant amendments made to the Care Bill during its House of Lords stages before it returned to the Commons on 30 October. • There were a number of government amendments which responded to concerns raised during the Committee Stage of the Bill, including concerns raised by voluntary organisations.…

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Care leaver strategy – HM Government

The Government has published (29 October 2013) Care leaver strategy: A cross-departmental strategy for young people leaving care. It pulls together into one document recent actions and future plans for each of the major service areas which can be ‘areas of concern’ for care leavers. This briefing provides many hyperlinks to documents and initiatives referenced…

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On Your Radar October 2013

On Your Radar provides regular updates on information from central government and other key organisations; looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. This edition focuses on updating members about…

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Health, public health and social care round up: October 2013

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration. The briefings are organised in the…

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CQC proposals for new approach to inspecting social care services

• The Care Quality Commission has announced proposals for a new system for monitoring, inspect and regulating social care services and for monitoring performance ratings. • A new approach to monitoring the finances of some adult social care providers will be introduced - those that would be difficult to replace if they were to go…

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Transforming rehabilitation and reducing reoffending : next steps

* This briefing provides an update on Government plans to revolutionise the way in which offenders are managed in the community. * It summarises the new Target Operating Model which details the way the new system will work and surveys a Summary of evidence on reducing reoffending. * A competitive process to identify and secure…

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