The Children and Families Act

Published: March, 2014

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The Council for Disabled Children Spring 2014 issue contains many very useful links and information - see this letter from Christine Lenehan and read on....

 Dear all,

As we begin to enjoy the Spring sunshine, there is an air of expectation around the place.The Children and Familes Bill has now completed its long passage through parliament and on Thursday 13th March became the Children and Families Act 2014.
The last two years have felt like a long process and has seen many people working hard to make this the best possible Act it can be. It’s been a challenging but important process and Government have been receptive to the issues raised and the changes proposed.
However, now the real work of delivery begins. Conversations within parliament and the civil service are important but real change begins on the ground, in every local area, in every school and college and in every child and families life experience.
We are now focusing on this change, working with a whole range of partnerships to develop and refine the Code of Practice and, through some work very helpfully commissioned by NHS England, working directly with a variety of staff employed by Health to help them understand the change and support them in delivering it. As always our anchor points for the work we’re doing in this area are the direct interactions we have with parents and children and young people
We are also now being supported by regional facilitators working with local authority pathfinder champions and a range of delivery partners to work with each area and support their specific challenge.
We are also continuing our work with the DfE funded delivery partners and grant holders to work together with pathfinder champions to plan and deliver the best regional and local support possible. more information on this will be available in the next two weeks.
Through this we all have real opportunities to change the lives of children, young people and families for the better, so the air of expectation continues!
Best wishes
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