HCAN April 2016 Update

Update for the April meeting of the ADCS Council of Reference

Since HCAN last met at the end of January, Charlotte Ramsden, DCS in Salford, has been named as the new chair of this group ahead of Andrew Christie’s retirement from the Tri-Borough. The Committee was due to meet on 5 April however, due to the number of apologies received, this meeting was unfortunately cancelled.

Outside of the formal committee meetings, the committee continues to be active in a number of areas of interest. The committee is continuing to support NHS England in the work they are doing in relation to Care and Treatment Reviews for young people with learning disabilities and/ or autism in 52 week residential school placements. NHS England has conducted a data collection exercise, the results of which will be circulated to HCAN members electronically to canvass views which will then be fed into a meeting with NHS England in late April.

The committee continues to support the programme of work developed to underpin the implementation of Future in Mind. A number of task and finish groups have been created to focus on specific themes and/ or issues in more detail and members of the committee are now represented on each of the task and finish groups and will report into the committee as and when required.

The government recently published a policy paper, Adoption – A vision for change, which sets out plans for adoption reformby 2020. The paper contains a number of proposals and the committee is particularly interested in the continued development of regional adoption agencies.

The Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee is due to meet on Friday 17 June in London in conjunction with the Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee. This meeting will focus on the policy and funding relating to the SEND reforms, particularly for those young people who are 16 and over.

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