HCAN policy committee update Feb 2017

The committee met three times in 2016, this included joint meetings with R&S and FCYP policy committees. Guests at these meetings included the DoH, the MoJ, DfE, the Council for Disabled Children, NHS England and the National Audit Office. Key areas of focus included SEND reforms, adoption, welfare secure and mental health. HCAN submitted evidence to the Education Select Committee’s inquiry on foster care on behalf of the Association. HCAN members are representing ADCS on 28 separate external groups.


In 2017 the committee will continue its focus on SEND, mental health, complex needs, children in care and care leavers. It will pick up the government’s response to Sir Martin Narey’s review of residential care, including engagement with the residential leadership board and the fostering stocktake. Other areas of planned focus include transforming care and a continued emphasis on children and young people’s mental health services, the committee will also respond to the recently announced green paper on CAMHS. Joint meetings are planned with FCYP, R&S, EA and WD policy committees.

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