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Current Consultation – Your Experiences Needed Please

The following National Consultations are available. We would like to respond to these as PODS Parent Carer Forum and your input and experiences can help us to do this.  Please share your experiences by replying to this email or getting in touch with me via the PODS Facebook page/Twitter Account please (Jayne Stevens – Participation Co-ordinator).

Mediation Processes – if you have ever been involved in the mediation process as part of your SEND or EHCP Journey please let us know:

This is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in SEND mediation to influence the introduction of voluntary standards and an accreditation/approval process for SEND Mediation.  The NNPCF welcomes the introduction of a common set of standards and systems of accreditation for SEND Mediators. In particular we would like to suggest that any SEND Mediation training should include disability awareness, the impact of the caring role on parent carers and the cultural change that the Children and Families Act seeks to embed. http://www.nnpcf.org.uk/consultation-send-mediation-practice-standards-system-accreditation-and-approval-of-training-courses/

This consultation ends on 2nd February.

Restraint and Restrictive Movement – Department of Health have a consultation on draft guidance on reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention for children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and mental health needs. The consultation is seeking views on how well this draft guidance helps a range of settings and services to support children recognised as being at higher risk of restraint. The guidance applies to health and care settings and special educational settings. http://www.nnpcf.org.uk/consultations-doh-restraint-and-restrictive-interventions-draft-guidance/

This consultation ends on 24th January.

Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: A Green Paper – the Government is asking people for their views on a green paper setting out measures to improve mental health support for children and young people. The green paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention, especially in and linked to schools and colleges.

The proposals include:

creating a new mental health workforce of community-based mental health support teams

every school and college will be encouraged to appoint a designated lead for mental health

a new 4-week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted in some areas


This consultation ends on 6th February. The workshops we are holding on 25th January will feed into this process and further opportunities will be available throughout this consultation.

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Jayne Stevens

Participation Co-ordinator on behalf of PODS Parent Carer Forum.

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