We respond to government consultations to develop policies affecting children and young people.

We also respond to local consultations on a range of issues. Here are some of our recent submissions to government consultations, strategies and reviews:

Two girls speakingChild poverty

Consultation on Nuisance Calls - December 2014
Read our submission to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's nuisance calls conustlation on unsolicited marketing of payday loans.

Local Welfare Assistance - November 2014
Read our submission to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on the future of funding for Local Welfare Assistance Schemes.

Inquiry into hunger and food poverty - September 2014
Read our submission to the APPG on Hunger and Food Poverty’s Inquiry.

Consultation on the draft Child Poverty Strategy 2014-17 - May 2014

 

Read our response to the Child Poverty Strategy outlined by the government for 2014-2017.

Tax Free Childcare: Consultation on design and operation - October 2013
Read our submission to HM Treasury's consultation on the introduction of tax free childcare and changes to childcare support under Universal Credit.

Measuring child poverty: A new approach - February 2013
Read our submission to the Department for Education's consultation on child poverty measurement.

Tackling Child Poverty and Improving Life Chances – February 2011
Read our response to the consultation on the government’s draft poverty strategy.

Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances – September 2010
Read our submission to the Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances led by Frank Field.

Early Years

Early years and childcare staff deployment - March 2013
Read our submission to this Department for Education consultation on proposals to relax staff:child ratios in childcare settings.

Ofsted inspection of Sure Start Children's Centres - Jan 2013
Read our submission to Ofsted's consultation on the revised framework for  inspection of Sure Start Children's Centres

Extending free early education to more two year olds - Oct 2012
Read our submission to the Department for Education's consultation on extending free early education to more two year olds.

Increasing Parental and Community Involvement in Sure Start - July 2012
Read our submission to the Department for Education's consultation on increasing parental and community involvement in Sure Start children's centres

Revised Sure Start Children's Centres Statutory Guidance - June 2012
Read our submission to the Department for Education's consultation on the revision of the Sure Start Children's Centres Statutory Guidance. 

Entitlement to Free Early Education and Childcare Sufficiency- February 2012
Read our submission to the Department for Education's consultation on the proposed changes to the entitlement to free early education and childcare sufficiency

Disabled children

Fulfilling Potential: The Disability Strategy
Read our submission to the Office of Disability's consultation on the new disability strategy

Special Educational Needs and Disability – July 2011
Read our response to the Department for Education’s Green Paper ‘Support and Aspiration - A new approach to Special Educational Needs and Disability.’

Inspection of Boarding and Residential Special Schools – May 2011

Read our response to the OFSTED consultation on the inspection of boarding and residential special schools.

Disability Living Allowance Reform – February 2011
Read our submission to the Department for Work and Pension’s consultation on the reform of Disability Living Allowance benefit.

Liberating the NHS: Greater choice and control – January 2011
Read our response to the Department of Health’s White Paper on reforming the NHS ‘Equity and Excellence: liberating the NHS’.

Refugees, migrants and travellers

National Referral Mechanism review - Written evidence from The Children’s Society - July 2014

Read our submission to the Home Office’s National Referral Mechanism Review

Cost of Guardianship - March 2014
Read our joint report with UNICEF UK on the indicative costs and efficiencies of guardianship

Department for Education's guidance on the care of unaccompanied and trafficked children - March 2014
Read our response to the government's consultation on statutory guidance for local authorities about the care of unaccompanied and trafficked children

Evaluation of the Home Office Reporting Centre Pilot - October 2013
Read our response to the government's recent method used to increase up-take of voluntary return

Sustaining services, ensuring fairness - September 2013
Read our response to the Department of Health on migrant access and their financial contribution to NHS provision in England

Tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation - August 2013
Read our response to the Home Office consultation on landlords checking immigration status

UKBA new inspection programme– December 2011
Read our submission to the UK Border Agency’s consultation on their new inspection programme for 2012-2013.

Immigration and Asylum Chambers Appeal Fees – January 2011
Read our response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on introducing fee charges for appeals in the Immigration and Asylum Chambers of the First-
Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal.

Pilots to Remove Families with Limited Notice and Open accommodation – December 2010
Read our joint response with Bail for Immigration Detainees to the UK Border Agency’s plans to set up a Family Returns Panel, pilot the removal of families with limited notice, and start an open accommodation centre for families in Croydon.

Ending the Detention of Children – July 2010
Read our joint response with Bail for Immigration Detainees as part of the OutCry! campaign into the UK Border Agency’s review into ending child detention for immigration purposes.

Youth justice

More Effective Responses to Anti-Social Behaviour – May 2011
Read our response to the Home Office consultation to streamline and modify the anti-social behaviour toolkit.

Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour – December 2009
Read our submission to the findings of the Independent’s Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour which reviewed the current youth justice system.


Children at risk

Consultation on PSHE and SRE in Schools - June 2014
Reas our submission to the Education Select Committee's inquiry into PSHE and SRE 

Consultation on powers to delegate children's social care functions - May 2014
Read our submission to the Department for Education's consultation on delegation of social care 

Consultation on 16 plus care options - March 2014
Read our submission to the Education Select Committee's inquiry into 16 plus care options 

Consultation on improving permanence for looked after children - November 2013
Read our submission to the Department for Education’s consultation on improving permanence for looked after children

Consultion on child neglect - October 2013
Read our response the the Ministry of Justice's consultation into the law on child neglect 

Consultation on children's relationship with the police - September 2013
Read our response to the APPG on Children's inquiry into Children and the Police 

Consultation on the guidance to children who run away or go missing from home or care - September 2013
Read our response to the DfE's consultation on the revised statutory guidance on children who run away or go missing from home or care.

Consultation on improving safeguarding for looked after children - September 2013 
Read our response to the DfE's consultation on improving safeguarding for looked after children: changes to the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010. 

Consultation on reforming children's homes - September 2013
Read our response to the DfE's consultation on reforming children's homes care: changes to The Children's Homes Regulations 2001 (as amended) and The Care Standards Act 2000 (Registration) (England) Regulations 2010.

Interim guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse - September 2013
Read our response to the Crown Prosecution Service's interim guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse.

Draft guidance on child abuse and draft guidance on child sexual exploitation - September 2013
Read our response to the College of Policing’s consultation on draft guidance on child abuse and draft guidance on child sexual exploitation.

Ofsted consultation on the inspection of services for children in need of help and protection - July 2013
Read our response to Ofsted's consultation on the inspection of services for children in need of help and protection. 

Inspection of local authority services for supporting improvement in schools and other providers - March 2013
Read our response to Ofsted's consultation on the inspection of local authority services for supporting improvement in schools and other providers.

Consultation on the delegation and inspection of functions for looked after children and care leavers - February 2013
Read our response to the DfE consultation on changes to the delegation and inspection of functions for looked after children and care leavers

Proposed changes to Regulation 7 of the Care Standards Act 2000 - January 2013
Read our response to the DfE's consultation on sharing the names and addresses of children's homes with the police.

Draft advice on school attendance - December 2012
Read our submission to the DfE's consultation on draft guidance on school attendance matters

Consultation on arrangements for the inspection of services for looked after children and care leavers - September 2012
Read our response to Ofsted's consultation on arrangements for the inspection of services for looked after children and care leavers.

Drugs strategy – September 2010
Read our submission to the Home Office’s consultation on their new drug strategy.

Drugs guidance for schools – February 2010
Read our response to the Department for Schools, Children and Families’ consultation on guidance for drug and alcohol education and the management of drugs within the school community.

Guidance Missing Persons – January 2010
Read our response to the revision of the ACPO guidance on the management, investigation and recording of missing persons.

Statutory guidance on children missing from home and care – April 2009
Read our response to the consultation on revised statutory guidance on children who go missing from home and care.


General

Consultation response to Judicial Review - Proposals for further reform - November 2013
Read our response to the Ministry of Justice's consultation on changes to judicial review

Draft Code of Practice for Victims of Crime consultation - May 2013
Read our response to the Ministry of Justice's consultation on the draft Code of Practice for Victims of Crime

Consultation on keeping children safe in education - June 2013
Read our response to the DfE's consultation on keeping children safe in education

Transforming legal aid - June 2013
Read our response to the Ministry of Justice's consultation on transforming legal aid 

Revised statutory guidance on identifying children not receiving a suitable education - February 2013
Read our response to the DfE's consultation on the statutory guidance for authorities to identify children not receiving a suitable education

Proposals for joint inspection of multi-agency arrangements for the protection of children - October 2012
Read our response to proposals for a joint inspection of multi-agency arrangements for the protection of children in England by Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons.

Revised safeguarding statutory guidance - September 2012
Read our response to the DfE's revised safeguarding statutory guidance - Working Together to Safeguard Children

Revised statutory guidance for exclusions from schools in England - February 2012
Read our submission to the Department for Education consultation on the school exclusion guidance

Review of PHSE Education - November 2011
Read our submission to the Department for Education's Review of PHSE Education.

Children’s Commissioner’s School Exclusions Inquiry - October 2011
Read our submission to the Children’s Commissioner’s School Exclusions Inquiry call for evidence.

Consultation on School Funding Reform: Proposals for a Fairer System - October 2011
Read our response to the Consultation on School Funding Reform focusing on the Pupil Premium.

Inspection of local authority children's services - September 2011
Read our response to OFSTED’s consultation on Arrangements for the Inspection of Local Authority Children’s Services.

Youth Policy Statement – September 2011
Read our response to 'Positive for Youth', the Department for Education’s new youth policy discussion papers.

School Admissions and School Admission Appeals Codes – August 2011
Read our response to the new draft School Admissions and School Admission Appeals Codes consultation.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill Committee – August 2011
Read our briefing to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill Committee on changes to legal aid.

Inspection Arrangements for Maintained Schools and Academies – June 11
Read our response to OFSTED’s consultation on inspection arrangements for maintained schools and academies from January 2012.

Ensuring Good Behaviour in Schools - May 2011
Read our response to the Department for Education’s consultation on guidance for governing bodies, head teachers, school staff and employers on ensuring good behaviour in schools.

Review of Statutory Duties – May 2011
Read our response to Department for Communities and Local Government’s review of the statutory duties imposed on local authorities.

Legal Aid Reform Green Paper – February 2011
Read our response to the Ministry of Justice’s Green Paper on the reform of legal aid in England and Wales.

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