FCYP February 2016 Update

Update for the February meeting of the ADCS Council of Reference

The Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee (FCYP) met with the Health, Care & Additional Needs PolicyCommittee (HCAN) on Friday 29 January at Kensington Town Hall. The substantive theme of this meeting was adolescence, vulnerabilities and risk with a specific focus on young offenders, CSE, homelessness, missing and mental health. Other items on the agenda included the DfE’s recently published review of SGOs and SEND reforms.

FCYP has been developing two particular strands of work outside of regular meetings.

Firstly, discussions have been progressing at pace with the LGA about hosting a conference focusing on the early years, early help and social mobility. A small working group is now pulling together a programme for the event which is due to take place at Local Government House in mid-May.

Secondly, a small group of committee members met with Charlie Taylor to discuss his review of the YJB at the end of January. FCYP will also consider any developments arising from the review of LSCBs, including arrangements for SCRs.

In December 2015, ADCS held a private meeting with Martin Narey to discuss his independent national review of children’s residential care. Following this meeting, the HCAN committee submitted a formal response to the review team. The response considered a range of issues including: the need for a continuum of care; registration and regulation of all residential settings; the sustainability of the secure estate; the role and capability of the workforce; staying put; preparing for independence; and risk and impact of inspection. The committee welcomed the opportunity to continue a dialogue with Martin as the review progresses.

The Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee is next scheduled to meet on Friday 1 April in London. The Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee meets on Tuesday 5 April in London.


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