News – August 2015

Stack of newspapers

Our monthly round up of news and legislation of interest to our members.

Children’s Health Services
From October 2015 in England, public health services for children aged 0-5 years are planned to transfer from the NHS to local authorities, including health visitor checks etc. Information relating to the transfer can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transfer-of-0-5-childrens-public-health-commissioning-to-local-authorities (Dept of Health and Public Health England).

Moving from an SEN Statement to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan
For children in England who are due to be transferring from an existing Statement of SEN to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan from 1 September 2015 onwards, local authorities have been granted more time to put them in place (from 16 weeks to 20 weeks). A network of central government funded Independent Support (IS) agencies can already assist families with the new plans, giving up to 8 hours of free support. This includes families who are moving to England from other parts of the UK. The agencies are listed at: http://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/what-we-do/our-networks/independent-support/find-my-independent-support-provider (Council for Disabled Children).

Friends and Family Test
New guidance on access to the Friends and Family Test, a questionnaire given to people receiving health services in England about their experience of the services. It recommends ways to ensure that vulnerable people, including children and those with learning disabilities, can be helped to understand the questions and give their feedback, http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/fft-guidance-160615.pdf.

Contents of the summer budget 2015
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/summer-budget-2015-key-announcements (H.M. Treasury).

Legislation

Legislation can be found in full at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/.

2015 No. 1512, The Child Benefit (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015
From 31 August 2015, to add the “United Youth Pilot” (Northern Ireland) to the list of approved training for Child Benefit purposes, and to remove types of training that are no longer offered.

2015 No. 1510 (L. 19), The Tribunal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2015
From 21 August 2015, to update a variety of rules for first and second tier tribunals, some of which are relevant to children with special needs in different parts of the UK.

2015 No. 286, The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 Amendment Order 2015
From 16 July 2015, places ILF Scotland (the Scottish Independent Living Fund) among the organisations that can be investigated by the Public Services Ombudsman.

2015 No. 1563, The First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal (Chambers) (Amendment) Order 2015
From 1 October 2015, widens the range of matters that the Tribunals can deal with, including childcare payments appeals.

2015 No. 1562, The Childcare (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2015
Mostly in force from 1 January 2016, and the remaining part from 1 September 2015. The amendments affect the premises where childcare is provided; the certificates of registration for providers; and fees in connection with registration [applies to England].