Children's health and welfare

Children's rights, child poverty, mental health, young carers, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).


  1. The law on leaving your child on their own

    The law doesn't say an age when you can leave a child on their own, but it's an offence to leave a child alone if it puts them at risk

  2. Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

    Children with special educational needs (SEN) can get the help they need to get an education - SEN support, education, health and care plans, SEN before September 2014

  3. Help if you have a disabled child

    Your rights and the support you can get if you have a disabled child, including childcare, car costs, house adaptations and education

  4. VCSE health and wellbeing fund 2019 to 2020: how to apply

    Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations can apply for funding to run projects focused on improving children and young people’s mental health.

  5. Illness and your child's education

    What happens if your child can't go to school for health reasons - responsibilities of the local council and school and how medical needs are handled at school

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Mental health and behaviour in schools
  2. Local area SEND inspections: information for families
  3. SEND: guide for parents and carers
  4. Adoption support fund (ASF)
  5. Inspecting local authority children's services from 2018
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News and communications

  1. PHE investigating rise in reports of rare illness
  2. Letter from the Secretary of State to local authorities
  3. 12 rules to help you shop safely for children this Christmas
  4. New guidance to help parents avoid unsafe out-of-school settings
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Research and statistics

  1. Residential special schools and colleges: support for children
  2. Children’s services omnibus
  3. LA and school expenditure: 2016 to 2017 financial year
  4. Children Adopted from Care in Northern Ireland 2017/18
  5. Joint inspections of the response to children living with domestic abuse
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Children in need of help and protection: call for evidence
  2. Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper
  3. Residential special schools and colleges: a call for evidence
  4. Childhood obesity plan for action chapter 2: equality assessment
  5. Response to the select committee report on the children and young people's mental health green paper
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Child poverty basket of local indicators
  2. Disabled children and young people taking short breaks services during 2009/10, and 2008/9
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