New issue of My Future Choices
magazine 14 June 2013
We are really excited to announce that the new issue of My Future
Choices magazine is here! You can read it online or get it sent to
your door for free.
Evaluation of SEND Pathfinder programme
published today 13 June 2013
New research report containing an evaluation of the first 18 months
of the SEND pathfinder programme.
Guidance on Supported Internships -
Consultation 11 June 2013
The Preparing for Adulthood programme (PfA) has been asked by the
Department for Education to publish guidance on Supported
Internships to support the roll-out of this study programme from
CDC appointed as SEN and disability
reform partner 29 May 2013
The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is delighted today to
be announced as the SEN and disability reform partner to the
Department for Education.
‘When I grow up’ - new programme of work
with young people 29 May 2013
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (FPLD) has
been successful in securing funding from the Big Lottery to develop
employment opportunities for young people over the next four
EFDS behaviour change project aims to
shape sport and physical activity for disabled people 28 May
The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) is embarking on a
new project to understand what motivates disabled people in their
everyday lives and how this relates to sport.
The Care Bill – transition for children to
adult care and support services 17 May 2013
New factsheet by the Department of Health describing how the Care
Bill will support people moving from children’s to adult care and
Learning disabilities and behaviour that
challenges: NICE clinical guideline 9 May 2013
Become a carer or parent member of the group developing a guideline
about the prevention and interventions for children, young people
and adults with learning disabilities and behaviour that
'Autism is...' photography competition
7 May 2013
Ambitious about Autism are running a photography competition for
all young people with autism aged from 16 – 24 years old.
NICE publishes draft
guidelines for children and young people with autism 25 April
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
(NICE) published draft guideline for the management and
support of children and young people with autism on 28 March.
Research Priorities for
Disabled Children's Research 24 April 2013
A ground breaking new project has been launched to find out what
research is important to children and young people with
neurodisability, their families, and the healthcare professionals
who work with them.
researchers reveal shocking findings to expert 23 April
Young disabled people will today (Tuesday 23rd April) expose the
findings of their research project to an audience of experts.
The Health and Care
System Explained 11 April 2013
The new health and care system becomes fully operational from 1
April to deliver the ambitions set out in the Health and Social
Engaging young people in
social action 27 March 2013
On Wednesday 17 April 2013 Mencap will be hosting an event to
launch a guide to engaging young people in social action. The event
will be co-hosted by some of the Changemakers; young people with a
learning disability who are influencing positive change in their
Research opportunity for
young people 26 March 2013
The National Children's Bureau Research Centre and the Council for
Disabled Children are carrying out a new project to research what
factors impact on outcomes for disabled children and young
Participation of young
people - Statutory guidance published 26 March 2013
Statutory guidance for local authorities on their duties relating
to the participation of young people in education, employment or
Strategy Consultation 6 March 2013
The Government is about to announce a consultation on developing a
new national disability employment strategy.
Department of Health launches children and
young people's health pledge 19 February 2013
The Secretary of State for Health has launched the Government's
response to the report of the Children and Young People's Health
Disabled children illegally excluded from
school every week 19 February 2013
Disabled children are routinely illegally excluded from school with
a devastating impact on their education and mental health,
according to new research from Contact a Family.
EPIC Group launch new website 15
EPIC have launched their new website today to provide information
about their work, and opportunities for disabled children and young
people to have a say in national policy development.
SEND Consortium survey 8 February
The SEND Consortium are exploring the possibility of setting up a
new online service to help families of children and young people
with SEND to find the right services, wherever they live.
Children and Families Bill introduced into
parliament 5 February 2013
The Children and Families Bill, published today, includes an
overhaul of Special Educational Needs system.
Research suggests that disabled young
people are still being denied right to participate 5 February
New evidence shows disabled young people are being denied the right
to have a say in how local services, such as education, health and
leisure are being developed and delivered.
Funding 'crisis' stalls
post-16 ambitions for SEN students 25 January 2013
More young people will end up in institutions, experts warn.
The Other Care
Crisis 17 January 2013
New report The Other Care Crisis, published by Scope, Mencap, The
National Autistic Society, Sense and Leonard Cheshire Disability,
highlights concern that the debate about social care reform has
focused on the needs of an ageing population and sidelined the
thousands of disabled people under the age of 65 who rely on care
in everyday life.
guidelines: education for children and young people with Down
syndrome 17 January 2013
On 20th December 2012, the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Down
Syndrome (APPG-DS) published a report presenting good practice
guidelines for the education of children and young people with Down
Access to Work
update 14 January 2013
From 14th January 2013 disabled people who want to set up their own
business will be able to get help from Access to Work if they
enroll on the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA).
Oska Bright Film
Festival 2013: Enter now! 12 December 2012
Oska Bright is an international film and digital media festival
that features work made by people with a learning disability.
Deadline for entries is 30 April 2013.
A new landscape for SEN
and disability 11 December 2012
The Council for Disabled Children and the Special Educational
Consortium are hosting a conference offering an expert view on the
SEN and disability reforms and their implications.
Summary of the responses
to the draft Care and Support Bill released 11 December
The Department of Health has published a summary of the views
received as part of the consultation process on the draft Care and
Paraorchester - True Colours 7 December 2012
After inspiring millions of viewers around the world with a
thrilling performance at the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic
Games, the British Paraorchestra, the world’s first ensemble of
professional disabled musicians, is aiming to top the charts this
Christmas with its heart-warming version of ‘True Colors’.
Free software to help protect your family
online 26 November 2012
The Anti Bullying Alliance is excited to announce a new partnership
with Argos that will help to educate families about staying safe on
Letter from Minister Edward Timpson
regarding SEN and disability reforms 22 November 2012
Edward Timpson, the Minister responsible for SEN and Disability
within the Department for Education, has written to parents to
address concerns that the reforms would erode their current rights
in relation to education support.
Adult Learners' Week 2013: Nominations now
open! 22 November 2012
Adult Learners' Week is a national celebration of the benefits of
lifelong learning and is the perfect opportunity to highlight the
many types of learning available to adults from all walks of
NCB to undertake major
new research into outcomes of disabled children and young
people 9 November 2012
The National Children’s Bureau is to undertake a major new
research project examining the influence of environmental factors
on outcomes for disabled children and young people.
Foundation free training 9 November 2012
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation are running training to
enable an effective partnership between everyone educating and
caring for a child or young person, including their family, to
reduce the severity and frequency of challenging behaviour.
Calling all budding
writers! 1 November 2012
TIN is looking for disabled young people who want to write an
article for My Future Choices magazine.
The Department for
Education launches voluntary sector grants programme for
2013-2015 29 October 2012
The Department for Education (DfE) has published a National
Prospectus launching their new Grants Programme for 2013-15.
Individual Grants UK 24 October
In April 2012, The True Colours Trust launched a small grants
programme for young people between the ages of 18 to 26 who have a
disability and/or complex health care need.
Survey on the impact of
an end to government funding 24 October 2012
The Council for Disabled Children are continuing to make the case
for ongoing funding to the voluntary sector from government as they
believe it is an important part of the balance of support available
to disabled young people and their families.
Children with Special
Educational Needs: An analysis - 2012 18 October 2012
The Special Educational Needs (SEN) Information Act (2008) required
the Secretary of State to publish information about children in
England with SEN to help improve the well-being of these
Services launch new website! 11 October 2012
The National Parent Partnership Network have launched a new
website - www.parentpartnership.org.uk.
launched 3 October 2012
A new national statutory consumer champion for health and social
care in England has been launched.
Fulfilling potential: Working together to empower
disabled people 28 September 2012
The Government has published two documents which set out its
approach to the commitment to enable disabled people to fulfill
their potential and play a full role in society.
Urgent action needed to ensure EVERY disabled child
matters in the Children and Families Bill 24 September
The Every Disabled Child Matters campaign are asking people to
write to their MP to ensure that all disabled children
can benefit from the Children and Families Bill.
Council for Disabled Children launches e-bulletin and
new blog 22 September 2012
The Council for Disabled Children has published a free special
edition of their e-bulletin the CDC Digest.
The Big Book of
Change 21 September 2012
New book specifically aimed at supporting young people through
times of change and transition.
New Inquiry: Pre-legislative scrutiny:
Special Educational Needs 12 September 2012
The Education Committee is conducting pre-legislative scrutiny of
the Government's proposed reform of provision for children and
young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN).
Exciting opportunity for disabled young
people to have their say 11 September 2012
The Department is inviting disabled children and young people and
those with special educational needs to join a Young People's
Advisory Group (YPAG).
Government publishes draft SEN and
disability provisions as part of the Children and Families Bill
3 September 2012
The Department for Education has today (3rd September) published
draft legislation on reform of provision for children and young
people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities.
TIN Policy Briefing - Summer
2012 16 August 2012
We have published a new policy briefing which summarises current
developments in key policy areas relating to disabled young
people’s transition to adulthood.
Children and Young
People’s Health Outcomes Forum report published 27 July
The Forum's report includes several key recommendations
specifically relating to disabled children and young people.
Epilepsy services 19 July 2012
Young Epilepsy is a charity that works on behalf of people
aged 25 or younger with epilepsy.
Caring for Our Future – White Paper
and Draft Care and Support Bill published 11 July 2012
On the 11th July the Government published the ‘Caring for our
future: reforming care and support’ White Paper, which sets out
their vision for a reformed care and support system.
Government expands vital
in-work support to disabled young people 4 July 2012
On 4th July the Government announced that Young disabled jobseekers
on work experience will be able to access extra support to help
them into mainstream placements for the first time.
Equal rights for disabled young people and children
to go abroad! 25 June
The Every Disabled Child Matters campaign is asking people to take
action to ensure equal rights for disabled young people and
children to go abroad.
New publication: Moving
on Well Resource Pack 21 June
The Pack is available to anyone interested in improving transition
and raising the aspirations and achievements of disabled young
Sarah Teather tells
Select Committee that draft Children and Families Bill will be
published in September 20 June
Sarah Teather was questioned by the Education Select Committee
today (Wednesday 20th June) about the Special Educational Needs and
Disability (SEND) aspects of the forthcoming Children and Families
CDC Young Ambassadors
Get on Board with British Youth Council Award! 18 June
The CDC Young Ambassadors campaign to challenge prejudice and
stereotypes around disability has been recognised by the British
Support and aspiration:
A new approach to special educational needs and disability -
Progress and next steps 15 May
The Transition Information Network welcomes the publication today
of Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational
needs and disability - Progress and next steps.
Speech 9 May
The Queen's speech today, Wednesday 9th May, announced a
Children and Families Bill.
PIP must help
disabled young people to establish independent living 1
Every Disabled Child Matters has today called upon the
Government to make sure that Personal Independence Payments
(PIP) help disabled 16 - 25 year olds to establish independent
Calling all budding
writers! (13 April)
The Transition Information Network is looking for disabled young
people who want to write an article for my future choices
Equality matters for
children (12 April)
CRAE’s new microsite on children’s equality has now launched.
disabilities website (11 April)
The General Medical Council (GMC) has launched a new
website, which aims to help doctors provide better care for
people with learning disabilities.
Statutory Guidance for
Schools – Careers Guidance published (27 March)
On the 27 March 2012 the government published statutory guidance on
the new duty on schools to secure independent and impartial careers
guidance for young people.
Include us in new
disability plan, young people tell Government (26 March)
Young disabled people from Linkage Community Trust have made clear
to the Government that they want a say in their own futures.
Join webchat on
improving health and care for children and young people (19
Join the DH's webchat with the co-chairs of the Children and Young
People's Health Outcomes Forum on Tuesday 20 March at 2.30pm.
support: fulfilling potential – Government response to Sayce
Review (15 March)
The Government have published their response to the Sayce
CHUMS seeking views from
disabled children on health outcomes (12 March)
CDC would like to talk to children and young people with
neurodisabilites about what health outcomes are important to
Children and Young
People’s Health Outcomes Forum – gathering views (9
The Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum is an
independent group of...
MPs report on the
oversight of special education for young people aged 16-25 (28
The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has published a
report on special education for young people aged 16-25.
Evaluation published (27 February)
The Project Search model helps disabled people secure and keep paid
Positive for Youth - A
new approach to cross-government policy for young people aged 13 to
19 (27 February)
The DfE has published a new set of documents describing all of the
Government’s policies for young people aged 13 to 19 in
Assessments guidance for local authorities (20
On 13 February 2012 the Department for Education (DfE) published
new guidance on Learning Difficulty Assessments.
Consultation on the Raising the Participation
Age (RPA) regulations (6 February)
From summer 2013 all young people will be required to participate
in education or training until the end of the academic year in
which they turn 17.
New Children’s and Young
People’s Forum (26 January)
Today the Secretary of State for Health launched a new Children's
and Young People's Forum.
Survey on ODI strategy (20
Mencap is doing a survey to seek the views of people with learning
disabilities regarding the ODI strategy.
Preparing for Adulthood programme launches
website (19 Janary)
Preparing for Adulthood is a new two year programme funded by the
Department for Education as part of the delivery support for the
SEND green paper.
How will cuts to disability benefits affect
students? (17 January)
Article in the Guardian reporting on how cuts to disability
benefits will affect students.
The Welfare Reform Bill
2011 (16 January)
The Welfare Reform Bill is currently going through Parliament. This
Bill dramatically changes the benefits system.
CDC's Innovation and
Sustainability Programme for the voluntary and community sector
The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) have launched
an Innovation and Sustainability Programme as part
New report: Young people with life-limiting
conditions: transition to adulthood (12 January)
Marie Curie Cancer Care has published a new report looking at how
to improve services for...