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Wed, 03 Jul 19 13:00


The Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee (HCAN) has lead responsibility for the following policy areas:

  • Children and young people in care
  • Child health, including complex health needs
  • Child and parental mental health
  • Children with learning disabilities
  • Children with special educational needs.

The Committee liaises closely with the Association’s Educational Achievement Policy Committee with regards to the educational outcomes of learners living in care or those with SEND as well as with a range of partners and stakeholders in the voluntary and health sector. The Committee also provides the formal link between the Association and the National Adoption Leadership Board.

2019 Meeting Dates

  • 22 January 2019 (Joint meeting with the Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee)
  • 10 May 2019 (Joint meeting with the Workforce Development Policy Committee)
  • 20 September 2019 (Joint meeting with the Educational Achievement Policy Committee)
  • 3 December 2019 (Joint meeting with the Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee)


Chair: Charlotte Ramsden.

ADCS Policy Officer: Nicola Harrison supports the work of the committee. To contact Nicola, email nicola.harrison@adcs.org.uk


  • October 2018: Joint meeting with the Education Acheivement Policy Committee

The Educational Achievement and the Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committees met jointly in Manchester on 3 October to discuss shared areas of interest. The group was joined by the National Children and Young Person’s Lead for Transforming Care at NHS England to provide an update on Transforming Care and development of the NHS long term plan. Transforming care aims to improve health and care services so people with learning disabilities, autism and complex behaviour challenges can live, with support, in the community. Find out more

  • November 2018: HCAN meeting

The Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee met in London on 28 November. The group was joined by a rep from Children and Young People’s Mental Health at NHS England, who provided an update on the recent developments arising out of the ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’ Green Paper. A number of ‘trailblazer areas’ for Mental Health Support Teams are being set up, with four week waiting periods due for imminent announcement. Find out more

Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee Articles