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Welcome to the Department for Education e-consultation website. From here you can access all of our live and archived consultations, or view the results of consultations.


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All live consultations

  • Childminding Quality Improvement Networks - Draft Guidance.

    This consultation seeks views on proposed guidance to help local authorities establish quality improvement networks and support and develop childminders and childminding in their areas.

    Launch Date: Thursday 1 April 2010

    Closing Date: Thursday 24 June 2010

  • Family and Friends Care Guidance

    The draft statutory guidance for family and friends care aims to ensure that children and young people who are living with relatives or friends receive the support that they and their carers need to safeguard and promote their welfare. In particular, it sets out a requirement on local authorities to develop equitable and transparent policies for delivering effective services to those children, young people and their carers across the range of legal arrangements which underpin family and friends care.

    Launch Date: Friday 26 March 2010

    Closing Date: Friday 18 June 2010

  • Consultation on Visits to Former Looked After Children in Detention (England) Regulations 2010; and related Guidance

    Currently children who are voluntarily accommodated (under s 20 of the Children Act 1989) by the local authority are no longer looked after following a custodial sentence.  This change of status may mean that this vulnerable group will not be supported by children's services on release.  The Care Matters white paper made a commitment to extending the requirement of local authorities to ensure visits to looked after children to those who lose this status because they have been sentenced to custody.  These draft Visits to Former Looked After Children in Detention (England) Regulations 2010 and accompanying guidance aim to ensure that this group of children are appropriately assessed and supported during detention and on release.

    Launch Date: Friday 26 March 2010

    Closing Date: Friday 18 June 2010

  • Statutory Guidance for Local Duties on Child Poverty (Child Poverty Act 2010)

    This formal consultation seeks views on draft statutory guidance covering Part 2 of the Child Poverty Act: ‘Duties of local authorities and other bodies in England'. Part 2 of the Child Poverty Act places duties on local authorities and named partner authorities to cooperate with a view to reducing, and mitigating the effects of, child poverty in their local areas. That cooperation must lead to the production of local child poverty needs assessments, which in turn inform local child poverty strategies.

    The draft statutory guidance relating to Part 2 of the Act seeks to enable local authorities, named partner authorities and others to make the most of the opportunities presented by the Child Poverty Act. Authorities and named partner authorities must have regard to this guidance in taking forward the Part 2 duties.

    Launch Date: Friday 26 March 2010

    Closing Date: Friday 18 June 2010

  • Information, Advice and Guidance Services for Young People: Directions and Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities

    Local authorities have had responsibility for securing information, advice and guidance (IAG) services since April 2008.  The directions and statutory guidance provide a framework for a coordinated approach to planning, managing and reviewing IAG services. 

    Launch Date: Wednesday 24 March 2010

    Closing Date: Wednesday 16 June 2010

  • Public Consultation on Continuing Need for a Controlled Activity Category in the Vetting and Barring Scheme

    The Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) includes a category of controlled activity in relation to children or vulnerable adults, comprising posts in the further education, healthcare, and local authority sectors.  This consultation asks for views on whether the Government should propose in the medium term to reduce this category in the VBS or remove it entirely, by moving some posts into regulated activity, and removing others from regulation by the VBS.

    Launch Date: Tuesday 23 March 2010

    Closing Date: Friday 9 July 2010

  • Consultation on statutory requirements and advice, for CRB disclosures for safeguarding purposes, on workers already registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority

    The existing statutory requirements and Government advice for CRB disclosures for safeguarding purposes, in relation to workers who will, in the future, be already registered with the ISA under the new Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS).  This consultation asks for views on whether the Government should propose to amend requirements, or should amend recommendations, in some of these cases.

    Launch Date: Tuesday 23 March 2010

    Closing Date: Friday 9 July 2010

  • Revised Guidance on Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education

    The Government's guidance Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education was published in November 2006 and came into force on 1 January 2007. The guidance is being updated primarily to reflect the changes brought about by the introduction of the Vetting and Barring Scheme.  Additionally, in Sir Roger Singleton's recent report Drawing the Line, he recommended that we review the statutory requirements, and the Government's advice, for CRB disclosures for safeguarding purposes on those who work with vulnerable groups, when they are already registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority, and the consultation will also seek views on this.  The guidance sets out the statutory framework and underlying principles for safeguarding children and young people in educational establishments in England, covering recruitment and vetting of staff and volunteers, the procedures for dealing with allegations against such staff, the new Vetting and Barring Scheme administered by the ISA and the circumstances in which a referral to the ISA might be required.

    Launch Date: Tuesday 23 March 2010

    Closing Date: Tuesday 15 June 2010

  • Learning for Young People in Youth Custody in England: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities

    This document forms statutory guidance for local authorities in England to underpin their responsibilities towards education and training for young people detained in youth custody as set out in the Education Act 1996 (as amended by the Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning (ASCL) Act 2009). This document should be read alongside the relevant legislation, and does not seek to replace it. This consultation is being launched at the same time as a consultation on Modification of Enactments Relating to Persons Detained in Youth Accommodation (England) Regulations 2010.  These are available on the DCSF consultation website.

    Launch Date: Monday 22 March 2010

    Closing Date: Tuesday 15 June 2010

  • Modification of Enactments Relating to Persons Detained in Youth Accommodation (England) Regulations 2010

    The Secretary of State has a regulation making power under Section 562A of the Education Act 1996 (as inserted by the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning (ASCL) Act 2009).  These regulations need to be in place prior to commencement of the new ‘offender education' duties in order to modify certain provisions of the Education Act 1996 in relation to young people detained in youth custody.  This is necessary because it is not appropriate for some of the provisions to apply - e.g. requiring parents to ensure their child attends school whilst they are detained in custody.

    Statutory guidance for Local Authorities on Learning for young people in custody is launched at the same time as this consultation and is available on the DCSF consultation website.

    Launch Date: Monday 22 March 2010

    Closing Date: Tuesday 15 June 2010

  • Consultation on Draft Regulations, and Associated Statutory Guidance regarding accommodated children in long-term residential placements visiting and support arrangements.

    Consultation on draft regulations and statutory guidance which strengthens local authorities' duties under The Children and Young Persons Act (CYPA) 2008 to ensure the welfare of children is safeguarded and promoted when they are placed in health, education and other establishments for consecutive periods of three months or more.  It requires representatives of Local Authorities to visit the children and provide services to help them maintain contact with their families.

    The regulations and guidance will apply to Local Authorities in England and Wales.  The Welsh Assembly Government is carrying out its own consultation alongside this one.

     The regulations pertaining to this guidance aim to be brought into force on 1 December 2010.  They are one of a raft of regulations and guidance arising from the CYPA.

    Launch Date: Friday 19 March 2010

    Closing Date: Friday 18 June 2010

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