We respond to government consultations to develop policies affecting children.

We also respond to local consultations on a range of issues. 

Find our recent submissions to government consultations, strategies and reviews, organised by topic. All previous consultation responses can be found in our publications library.

Two girls speakingChild poverty

Local Government Finance Settlement - Local Welfare Assistance - January 2015
Read our submission to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on funding for local councils

Ofsted - Better inspections for all - December 2014
Read our submission to the Ofsted consultation on improving inspections

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

Consultation on Warm Home Discount - November 2014
Read our submission to the Department of Energy and Climate Change consultation on the future of the warm home discount

Consultation on Fuel Poverty - October 2014
Read our submission to the Department of Energy and Climate Change consultation on the Fuel Poverty Strategy

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

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

Refugees, asylum and migrants

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

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

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

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

Children at risk

Revisions to the Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance - January 2015
Read our submissions to the Department of Education's consulation on revising the Working Together guidance

Knowledge and Skills for Child and Family Social Work - November 2014
Read our submission to the Department for Education's consultation on social work

Consultation on unreported child victims of crime - November 2014
Read our submission to the APPG on Victims and witnesses of Crime inquiry on unreported child victims of crime

Consultation by Inspectorates on integrated inspections - September 2014
Read our submission to the Integrated inspections of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers and joint inspections of the Local Safeguarding Children Board consultation

Consultation on Child Abuse and Neglect Guidelines - August 2014
Read our submission to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence consultation on child abuse and neglect guidelines

Consultation on PSHE and SRE in Schools - June 2014
Read 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

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  

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. 

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

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

Children in care

Inspections of children's homes - January 2015
Read our submission to Ofsted on their new inspections framework for children's homes

Promoting the health and welfare of looked after children - January 2015
Read our submission to the Department of Education's consultation on promoting the health and welfare of children in care

Consultation on Children Homes Regulations - November 2014
Read our submission to the Department for Education's consultation on Children Homes Regulations: high expectations and aspirations

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

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

Child mental health

Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce Survey - December 2014
Read our submission to the Department of Health's survey on CYP Mental Health

Consultation on Code of Practice: Mental Health Act 1983 - September 2014
Read our submission to the Department of Health's consultation on the Code of Practice: Mental Health Act 1983

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