Today is the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day. On Takeover Day children and young people get the chance to work with adults for the day and be involved in decision-making.
Call for assistance from all providers of services – research to understand how prepared local authorities/areas are to implement the upcoming Special Educational Needs and Disabilities reforms!
Awards Ceremony: Tuesday 19 November 2013
Ahead of the UN’s Children’s Day (20 November), Netbuddy (an online community for parents, carers and professionals looking after people with special needs), is using the opportunity to raise awareness of the relationship between disabled children and young adults and their carers – but also the challenges they face.
Are you into sport or would you like to try a sport? If so, Scope would like to hear from you.
NHS England is developing a Youth Forum. They are looking to recruit a group of 20 young people who will meeting regularly to help them shape health services. There will also be a wider network of young people connected online to get feedback on key issues, through forums such as a dedicated Youth Forum Facebook page.
This research was seeking to understand more about the lives of young people with Ataxia-Telangiectasia, their priorities and aspirations, and what got in the way of them living the lives they wanted to live.
NHS England has published a participation guide for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and other commissioners of health and care services. Transforming Participation in Health and Care is intended to help commissioners involve patients and carers in decisions relating to care and treatment and involve the public in commissioning decisions.
Can Do is a new volunteering project for disabled young people aged between 16 and 35. Can Do is run by a charity called Leonard Cheshire Disability. Can Do will help young people learn new skills, develop existing skills, support others and have fun at the same time! Can Do has over 3000 opportunities for disabled volunteers, and if you’re not disabled, there is a place for you too!
Youth Report 2013 is a new intelligence hub focused on young people. It will be the place to go for data and statistics on young people and youth services as well as those looking for information on current youth policy initiatives and youth research.
A recent research report by the NSPCC 'No on noticed, no one heard' indicates that many victims of childhood abuse are often ignored, due to disbelief, stigma and inability of competent services to act.
Disability Rights UK are looking for charities and user projects who would benefit from support in kick-starting user-led organisations (ULOs). Read more about ULOs here and here. To find out more about this initiative contact Bernd Sass on Bernd.Sass@disabilityrightsuk.org.
The Children’s Commissioner has published an analysis of disabled children’s experiences of living in low income families. The study consisted of interviews with 79 young disabled people and 17 parents; it is based on eight rights themes. A steering group of young disabled children selected the themes by looking at three human rights treaties.
Do you work for a VCS organisation supporting looked after children or care leavers? Your views are being sought through a short survey – commissioned by the Department for Education, and carried out by the National Children’s Bureau, as part of the Children’s Partnership.
Cabinet Office publishes guide to encourage young people to voteThe Cabinet Office has published Rock Enrol! a guide created to encourage young people to vote and become engaged in politics. The key aim of the guide is to inspire young people to discuss and debate issues they are concerned about, and consider why they should vote.
The Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund, a new funding stream through the Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action, has up to £2m to help grow ambitious social action programmes to inspire England’s most vulnerable young people. It will be administered by the Social Investment Business on behalf of the Cabinet Office.
BBC's Children in Need has produced a report evaluating their Fun and Friendship project. Running from 2010 to 2013, the programme supported 10 organisations working with disabled young people aged between 12 and 18.
The University of Edinburgh with partners from Strathclyde and Coventry Universities are undertaking an NSPCC funded research study exploring the experiences and views of disabled young people about child protection services.
The Communication Commitment is an interactive website which provides a simple way to ensure all pupils communicate to the best of their ability by developing a whole-school approach to communication.
The Council for Disabled Children has worked with the Department for Education to write two guides for young people who would like to know more about the draft 0 to 25 special educational needs (SEN) Code of Practice and who would like to respond to the Government’s consultation.
World-renowned writer Alan Grant (2000AD and Batman) and infamous artist Robin Smith (2000AD and The Bogie Man) have teamed up for the first time in 20 years to work on a comic with Artlink Edinburgh and a young man, Scott Davidson, who has autism.
Go see Project Wild Thing the movie and be part of the growing movement to get kids – ALL kids – outside and into nature. That’s nature on their doorsteps, in their streets, in their communities and adventures throughout their childhoods and teenage years.
For Becky Bruzas and Jason Eade, selecting films to include in the Oska Bright Film Festival brings joy and pain in equal measure. Oska Bright is the world’s first and only festival of short films made by people with learning disabilities that is produced, managed and presented by a learning disabled team.
Evidence shows that children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are significantly more likely to be bullied or victimised than those without SEND.
The Preparing for Adulthood programme has launched a new guide to help local areas improve their services and support for disabled young people. The guide is called 'Delivering support and aspiration for disabled young people'. It sets out the learning from the Preparing for Adulthood programme about how to deliver the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms for 14-25 year olds.
No Limits! is a photographic competition organised by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and Contact a Family. What is No Limits! To the judges, No Limits! is an attention-grabbing image that is positive, empowering and demonstrates that there are No Limits! and every disabled person has the right to live their life and work towards their goals without limitations.
On 4 October 2013 Peter Mucklow, National Director for Young People at the Education Funding Agency (EFA), wrote to directors of children’s services to set out information on high-needs funding for 5- to 25-year-olds in the academic year 2014 to 2015.
The government has today released a draft version of both the 0 to 25 Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice and regulations for consultation. These set out the detail of the proposed new SEN legal framework within the Children and Families Bill that is currently in Parliament.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care services in England. CQC makes sure that care services, such as hospitals, dentists, doctors, are good and safe and making things better. CQC is taking a special look at the way young people aged 14-25 with complex physical health needs move from children’s to adult health services.
Access to higher education is still not up to scratch according to the Trailblazers report launched today. The report, University Challenge, shares experiences, guidance and hints and tips to future students, but also revealed that many students are unable to access essential facilities such as lecture theatres and libraries, with institutions also failing to signpost vital information, from details of accessible university accommodation to advice for wheelchair-users on how to navigate campuses.
The National Autism Strategy aims to help all adults with autism into work. Kellie Nauls, project coordinator for the Moving On Employment Project in the Shetland Islands, talks about how a pilot in the region is helping young people with autism to find and keep a job.
Celebrate the first anniversary of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Saturday 7 September with the very best of disability sports and arts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
It’s time to get your questions answered
NCB has been given an exciting opportunity by the Department of Health to capture children and young people’s views about health on film. Do you want to get involved?
Today, 2 July 2013, the Government publishes Fulfilling Potential – Making it Happen, alongside the Fulfilling Potential: Making it Happen Action Plan.
vInspired Talent supports unemployed 16-25 year olds in achieving qualifications and work experience.
RNIB, in partnership with other key organisations, has produced transition guidance for young people who are blind or partially sighted across the UK. These guides outline support and services available to assist young people through their journey from school, to further and higher education, and into employment.
Traineeships - government programme to help young people gain skills for Apprenticeships and employment.
Following a public consultation in 2012 on extending access to careers guidance, all further education colleges and sixth form colleges will be subject to a new requirement to secure access to independent careers guidance from September 2013.
The SEND pathfinder support team have published a series of introductory information packs, which draw together key emerging principles and case study learning from the pathfinder programme to support other areas to prepare to implement the SEND reforms themselves.
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.
New research report containing an evaluation of the first 18 months of the SEND pathfinder programme
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 September 2013.
The GP Champions project is a three-year project funded by the Department of Health. It is run by the Association for Young People’s Health in co-ordination with the charity Youth Access and the RCGP Adolescent Health Group.
Making it Personal is a project run by KIDS to provide support and advice to parents and carers of disabled children and young people and also to commissioners, about personalisation and personal budgets.
The VIPER research project looked at opportunities for young disabled people to have a say in how health and social care services are run, designed and commissioned and found that they face significant barriers preventing them from having a voice when these decisions are being made.