FLSE News Update January 2018

REMINDER

Restraint and restrictive intervention: draft guidance

The Department of Health is consulting on draft guidance on reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention for children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and mental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The consultation is seeking views on how well this draft guidance helps a range of settings and services to support children recognised as being at higher risk of restraint.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.

The consultation closes on 24th January 2018.

FLSE will be responding to the consultation on behalf of its members – please could you let Lorraine – info@flse.education   have your comments by 19th January

New Consultations

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 team

  • 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

The closing date for responses is 2nd March 2018

For more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/transforming-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-provision-a-green-paper

FLSE will be responding to the consultation on behalf of its members – please could you let Lorraine – info@flse.education  have your comments by 23rd February.

Revised Keeping Children Sage in Education Document

The DfE are seeking views on:

  • revisions to ‘Keeping children safe in education’, the statutory guidance that sets out what schools and colleges should do and the legal duties with which they must comply to keep children safe

  • new advice on sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

Following this consultation, the government proposes to update and replace the current statutory guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education 2016’ from September 2018.

The closing date for responses is 22nd February 2018.

For more information: https://consult.education.gov.uk/safeguarding-in-schools-team/keeping-children-safe-in-education/

Annex H (Page 92) in the revised document (accessed from the link above) outlines all of the changes to the new document.

FLSE will be responding to the consultation on behalf of its members – please could you let Lorraine – info@flse.education   have your comments by 15th February.

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

This advice for schools is for:

  • governing bodies of maintained schools and colleges

  • proprietors of independent schools (including academies, free schools and alternative provision academies) and non-maintained special schools

  • management committees of pupil referral units

  • headteachers, principals, senior leadership teams and designated safeguarding leads

It covers:

  • what sexual violence and harassment is

  • schools’ and colleges’ legal responsibilities

  • a whole school or college approach to safeguarding and child protection

  • how to respond to reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment

For more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sexual-violence-and-sexual-harassment-between-children-in-schools-and-colleges

Events

Building a Community: a consultation event for the new Greater London Learning Disability

Community of Practice

The British Institute for Learning Disabilities (BILD) are organising two free consultation events in London and are asking practitioners and carers who support children and adults with learning disabilities to attend to give their views.

More information can be found on the FLSE events page.

Rochford Review Conference – Friday 12th January

Hazel Oak Specialist Teaching School Alliance, Solihull

Forthcoming Conference to discuss the Rochford Review Consultation outcomes and Pilot project

NAHT – Collaborative approaches to the mental health of children: from issues to interventions – Mental health conference

Tuesday 30 January 2018

Royal College of Psychiatrists, London

http://www.naht.org.uk/welcome/naht-events/conferences/mental-health-conference/

NAHT – Celebrating Success; Succeeding against the odds – Special schools, specialist and alternative provision conference 2018

Friday 9 March 2018 (with optional panel and dinner on the evening on Thursday 8 March)

Best Western Moat House Hotel, Stoke on Trent

http://www.naht.org.uk/welcome/naht-events/conferences/special-schools-conference-2018/

Engage in their Future South/South East Conference

Changing Complexities: Developments in Provisions for children and young people, with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties

May 4th 2018

Muntham House, West Sussex

http://www.engageintheirfuture.org/about-us/events/south-south-east-regional-conference/