RS policy committee update Feb 2017

The committee met four times in 2016, this included joint meetings with EA, FCYP and HCAN. Guests included the Cabinet Office, the Early Intervention Foundation, Link Maker, DfE and Social Finance. School funding reforms have been a consistent focus throughout 2016, the committee also published a think piece on the future of children’s services entitled ‘Pillars and Foundations.’ R&S led on the development of three consultation responses, each concerned with the government’s wide ranging school funding reforms. Three members of the committee sit on external groups on behalf of the Association.


R&S will be joining up with the EA, FCYP and HCAN committees in 2017. School funding will continue to be a focus and the group will lead on the development of the Association’s response to the second phase of the school funding consultation and will also pick up the place planning and sufficiency aspects of the government’s response to the green paper, ‘Schools that work for everyone.’ The committee will also pick up the recommendations from the Narey report linked to commissioning, such as the testing of new arrangements via the DfE Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme.

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