Children's health and welfare

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

Services

  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. 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. 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

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Guidance and regulation

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

  1. Matt Hancock warns of dangers of social media on children’s mental health
  2. Funding boost to help pupils affected by domestic abuse
  3. Local area SEND inspection outcome letters
  4. Leader of the commons to chair ministerial group on family support from conception to the age of two
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Research and statistics

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

  1. Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper
  2. Children in need of help and protection: call for evidence
  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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