Children's health and welfare

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

General information and guidance

  1. General hospital school census 2016: COLLECT guide

    How to use COLLECT, DfE's data collection and management system, to complete and submit the 2016 general hospital school census.

  2. Memorandum of understanding and information-sharing protocol between the Health and Care Professions Council and Ofsted

    The shared aim is to protect children and young people who use health and social care services in England.

  3. Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked-after children

    Statutory guidance on the planning, commissioning and delivery of health services for looked-after children.

  4. SEND: guide for early years settings

    A guide for early years settings on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability.

  5. SEND: guide for parents and carers

    A guide on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

  6. 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

Child poverty

Advice and training for practitioners on recognising and responding to child poverty.

  1. Child poverty contact planner

    Contact planner created to support those who deal with or are affected by child poverty.

  2. Child poverty training module

    Training for professionals working with children, young people and families to help them understand, recognise and respond to child poverty.

  3. Residential family centre: do you need to register?

    What you need to know about registering with Ofsted if you want to open or manage a residential family centre.

  4. The child poverty checklist

    The checklist has been provided to support the skills and expertise needed by the workforce to identify needs and issues affecting children.

Children's rights

Advocacy services for children, guidance on child employment.

  1. Advocacy services for children and young people

    Statutory guidance on providing effective advocacy services for children and young people making a complaint under the children Act 1989.

  2. Guidance on the employment of children

    Guidance document setting out the provisions of the law on child employment for local authorities, employers, parents and other stakeholders.

Help for children with a long-term illness or disability

Illness and your child's education, your rights and support if you have a disabled child.

  1. Education for children with health needs who cannot attend school

    Statutory guidance for local authorities and departmental advice for others ensuring children with health needs receive education.

  2. Future positive: a resource guide for people working with disabled care leavers

    This guide provides LAs with a tool help them development effective services that support young disabled people as they leave care.

  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. 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

  5. Providing intense support for families with multiple and complex needs: manager guidance

    Document containing information and guidance to support family intervention managers to recruit the best workers.

  6. Residential holiday scheme for disabled children: do you need to register?

    What you need to know about registering with Ofsted if you want to open or manage a residential holiday scheme for disabled children.

  7. SEND support: easy-read guide for children and young people

    Guide for children and young people with learning disabilities on changes to the special needs educational and disability (SEND) system.

  8. SEND support: easy-read guide for parents

    Guide for parents with learning disabilities, explaining changes to the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) system.

  9. Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): residential holiday schemes for disabled children

    Guidance about how residential holiday schemes for disabled children are inspected.

Mental health of children and young people

Identifying and supporting children with mental health issues in school, promoting emotional health and wellbeing.

  1. Framework of outcomes for young people

    This highlights the fundamental importance of social and emotional capabilities for achievement of all other outcomes for young people.

  2. Mental health and behaviour in schools

    How to identify and support pupils whose behaviour suggests they may have unmet mental health needs.

  3. Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing

    Guidance for head teachers and college principals on the 8 principles for promoting emotional health and wellbeing in schools and colleges.

Support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

School transport, SEND inspections, guide for health professionals, reform funding for local authorities.

  1. Apply for school transport for a child with special educational needs and disabilities

    If your child can't walk to school because of their special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) your local council must provide transport

  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. Future positive: a resource guide for people working with disabled care leavers

    This guide provides LAs with a tool help them development effective services that support young disabled people as they leave care.

  4. Local area SEND inspection: framework

    Ofsted and CQC jointly inspect local areas to see how well they fulfil their responsibilities for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

  5. Local area SEND inspection: guidance for inspectors

    Guidance for inspecting how well local areas support children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

  6. Local area SEND inspections: information for families

    Information about inspections of local area services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

  7. Residential holiday schemes for disabled children

    National minimum standards of care for providers of holiday schemes for disabled children (HSDC).

  8. SEND reform funding for local authorities

    Funding for carrying out special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reforms in the 2016 to 2017 and the 2017 to 2018 financial years.

  9. SEND: 19- to 25-year-olds’ entitlement to EHC plans

    A guide for local authorities about EHC plans for 19- to 25-year-olds with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

  10. SEND: guide for early years settings

    A guide for early years settings on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability.

  11. SEND: guide for health professionals

    Guidance for health professionals on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

  12. SEND: guide for parents and carers

    A guide on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

  13. Short break care: how local authorities should provide it

    Information for local authorities on how to provide short break care (otherwise known as respite care) to disabled children.

  14. Short break care: induction for carers

    Information for care managers on how to provide inductions for short break carers who give respite care to disabled children.

  15. Short breaks for disabled children

    Statutory guidance about providing short breaks for disabled children to improve their welfare and quality of life.

  16. Supporting looked-after children with communication needs

    Departmental advice for those working with children with communication needs to ensure a child's input into decisions made about their care.

  17. Young person’s guide to the Children and Families Act 2014

    Summary of the main changes and provisions of the act and how they may affect children and families.