Month: June 2016


The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) has written to all parent carer forums to let them know about the Call for Evidence for the development of a new national Carers Strategy.

During the passage of the Children and Families Act through Parliament, the NNPCF was instrumental in having the legislation for Parent Carers strengthened. Parent Carers span the Children and Families Act (when our children and young people are 18 and under) and the Care Act (when our young people are over 18). We have spoken about this to Department of Health (DH) who is leading on the new Carers Strategy.

It is really important, given the legal framework, to have a joined up response from DH and Department for Education in the new Carers Strategy for Parent Carers.

In order to help understand the different Acts, click here to read a very good guide to the Children and Families Act and the Care Act:

In helping the NNPCF consider its response, they are asking for as many individual parents and carers to complete the online survey. There has already been a fantastic response to the online survey so far – over 3000 responses, of which over 85% are from carers themselves. We want to make sure that Parent Carers are well represented. The closing date of the Carers Call for Evidence is the 31st July.

Damehood for Director of Council for Disabled Children

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) are delighted to announce that Christine Lenehan, Director of CDC, has been honoured with a Damehood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2016.

She received the award in recognition of her outstanding work for disabled children and young people, and those with special educational needs, spanning over 35 years.

As a passionate advocate for disabled children, young people and their families she has worked tirelessly to see a fully inclusive society where all children can achieve their aspirations.

The team at CDC are incredibly proud to see Christine’s work rewarded in this way and they hope you will join them in congratulating her on this achievement.

Special Needs Jungle

New Ministers’ Blog on SEND Reforms

Minister of State for Children and Families, Edward Timpson, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane Ellison have written a blog on Special Needs Jungle’s website. The blog looks at the implementation of the SEND reforms and their progress.  Click on the link above to read it.

Special Needs Jungle – Ask IPSEA

Special Needs Jungle have re-launched their ‘Ask IPSEA’ feature – a link-up with the legal charity, IPSEA, who will regularly answer a series of legal queries submitted online.  The service is free of charge and is intended to build up a bank of legally-compliant reader-submitted questions that will be useful to many people whether parents or practitioners.  Click on the link above to read it.