HCAN February 2016 Update
The Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee (FCYP) met with the Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee (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.
The HACN committee has focused on a number of pieces of work outside of regular meeting dates. Discussions with NHS England on the implementation of care and treatment reviews for young people in Assessment and Treatment Units and those in 52 week residential school placements continue to take place. The task and finish group is due to meet again in April to review the progress made to date in implementation of this policy.
In December 2015, ADCS held a private meeting with Sir 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.
Charlotte Ramsden, DCS / DASS Salford has been confirmed as the new committee chair. Current chair, Andrew Christie will be retiring in May.
The Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee meets again on Tuesday 5 April in London.
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