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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.

Meeting Dates

  • 14January,
  • 25 March,
  • 25 May,
  • 7 October,
  • 23 November.


Chair: Edwina Grant.

ADCS Policy Officer: Esther Kavanagh Dixon supports the work of the committee. To contact Esther, email

Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee Articles