News – April 2015

A stack of newspapersEducation

Revised SEND Code of Practice
The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice (England) has been revised with updated sections on support for children and young people in youth custody, (from 1 April 2015).

Implementing the 0 to 25 special needs system: further education
The 0-25 SEND guidance for Further Education has also been updated.

SEND: guide for parents and carers
Updated guide on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND). (Dept for Education).


Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT), Centre for Wales
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust has opened a new centre in Llanelli, Wales. It is for those who have lost skills following an accident, stroke, assault or illness, which does not have to have been recent.  People admitted will normally be aged 18 or above.

Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) Programme
IPC is a new approach to providing health and social care services for complex needs, putting the choices and administration of the care more into the hands of user families and individuals.  It is currently being tested in a selection of pilot areas.  (NHS England).

The daily jobseeker
Tips for those looking for work, (Dept for Work and Pensions).

Specialist Employability Support
A new Specialist Employability Support (SES) programme, for people with disabilities who need extra support to be able to work, is to be run through nine existing residential training colleges:  the Shaw Trust; Remploy; Kennedy Scott; Steps to Employment (St Loyes, Enham and Portland Colleges); the Royal National College for the Blind; and the Doncaster Deaf Trust. (Dept for Work and Pensions).

Health and care

Depression in children and young people
Updated NICE guidance, CG28.

Mental Health Act
Updated reference guide to help understand the Mental Health Act 1983, (Dept of Health).

Mental health and behaviour in schools
Guidance for identifying and supporting school pupils who may have unmet mental health needs (England), (Dept for Education).


Factsheets for households claiming Universal Credit, and tips on budgeting:

Shared Parental Leave
Guidance for employers on implementing shared parental leave and pay, (Dept for Business, Innovation and Skills).

Updated guidance documents about Personal Independence Payments, March 2015, (Dept for Work and Pensions).


2015 No. 838, The Legal Aid, Community Legal Service and Criminal Defence Service Amendment) Regulations 2015.  Coming into force between 24 March and 24 April 2015, various Direct Payments made (for example to parents in connection with a child’s EHC Plan) will not be included in calculations to determine whether they are eligible for Legal Aid and various other legal payments (applies to England and Wales).

Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015, to make provision about safety of services; integration and sharing of information relating to users of health and social care services in England; professional regulation; and other matters.  Parts of the Act will be brought into force using further legislation in different parts of the UK.

Consumer Rights Act 2015.  Includes:  consumer contracts for goods, digital content and services; unfair terms; letting; a student complaints scheme; and various other matters.

2015 No. 876, The Child Trust Funds (Amendment No. 2) Regulations2015.  From 6 April 2015, these regulations enable money in Child Trust Funds to be moved to Junior Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) with the same or other providers.  The “lifestyling” period for a stakeholder account must now begin with the child’s 15th birthday (instead of the 13th birthday).

2015 No. 993 (C. 68), The Care Act 2014 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2015 (England and Wales), means that some of the provisions of the Act are in force from 1 April 2015.

2015 No. 914, The Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2015.  Made mainly to allow existing social care legislation to continue in place in Wales while it changes in England.

2015 No. 779 (W. 62), The Use of Invalid Carriages on Highways (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2015.  From 9 April 2015, these regulations describe equipment (e.g. medical equipment) that may be carried, in relation to the total weight, which the user needs.

2015 No. 995, The Care Act 2014 (Transitional Provision) Order 2015 (England).  As Section 1 of the Care Act 2014 comes into force, it will alter the conditions for some people who are already in receipt of social care services.  This Order puts transitional provisions in place to cater for that group.

2015 Nos. 86-105, 146, 150.  In connection with The Work and Families Act (Northern Ireland) 2015, provisions allowing parents or adoptive parents of children born or adopted after 5 April 2015 to share their parental leave, and other measures.

2015 No. 127 (C. 8), The Education (1998 Order) (Commencement No. 7) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015.

From 6 March 2015, brings into operation part of the 1998 Education Order which means that the Department of Education must approve school courses leading to external qualifications for pupils who have reached the upper limit of compulsory school age.

2015 No. 185, The Employment and Support Allowance (Repeat Assessments and Pending Appeal Awards) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015.  In operation from 30 March 2015, also covers some outstanding claims made before 30 March.

2015 No. 154, The Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015.  From 1 April 2015, these regulations introduce charges for care, above certain thresholds, as health and social care are more closely combined.  Related legislation 2015 No. 157, The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 (Consequential Modifications and Saving) Order 2015 arranges for Integrated Joint Boards for health and social care, and interim arrangements up to a deadline of 1 April 2016.

2015 No. 158, The Continuing Care (Scotland) Order 2015, from 1 April 2015, also 2015 No. 156, The Aftercare (Eligible Needs) (Scotland) Order 2015, make provision for continuing care for children and young people who cease to be looked after by a local authority.