News – December 2015

A stack of newspapersOur monthly roundup of news and legislation relevant to families who have children with neurological conditions.

New guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on Children’s attachment: attachment in children and young people who are adopted from care, in care or at high risk of going into care, [NG26] (Applies up to age 18).

Legislation

2015 No. 1823 (W. 265), The Visits to Children in Detention (Wales) Regulations 2015
From 6 April 2016, the regulations relate to visits by local authorities.

2015 No. 370, The Victim Charter (Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2015) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015
Sets out requirements for the support of victims of crime, from 13 November 2015.

2015 No. 406 (C. 51), The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 10 and Saving Provision) Order 2015
The Act is a major piece of legislation.  From 5 January 2016, brings into force sections of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”).  It includes, where a child is in secure accommodation, the previous 1995 Act will continue to apply if a decision about detaining them is taken before 1 February 2016.  Provisions about named persons for children and children’s plans start to come into effect from 5 January 2016.  Section 96, relating to assessment of wellbeing, is planned to be completely in force by 5 January 2014, and other sections on kinship care and adoption by 1 April 2016.