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Children in Wales Members E-briefing

Children in WalesThis monthly e-briefing is prepared exclusively for you as part of your membership to Children in Wales. It provides you with information on the latest news and policy impacting on children and families in Wales, and also includes details of events and vacancies which may be of interest to you.

To view the full list of membership benefits that you can access, please click here. If you have any comments about this e-briefing please contact info@childreninwales.org.uk.

Events and training

If you are interested in buying in one of our training courses for your organisation, or commissioning a bespoke training day, please contact Claire.sharp@childreninwales.org.uk.

News

Bullying is often highlighted by children and young people as an issue for them. This was reiterated last month at the launch of Children in Wales’ brand new project, Cymru Ifanc – Young Wales, where young people chose to combine bullying and hate crime as a priority area of work for the next year.

The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 comes into force on 27 April 2015. The Welsh Government made the new law to ensure that people who are facing homelessness get help as soon as possible.

Children under the age of 15 are more likely to have used e-cigarettes than tobacco products, research by the BMJ Open has shown.

The RSPCA has been asked by the Welsh Government to lead a review into responsible dog ownership. The aim of the review is to look at how to improve safety and awareness around dogs following increases in recent years of dog attacks, and also drive up animal welfare standards.

Children in Wales is delighted to let you know that we are able to accept Redundancy Action Scheme (ReAct)  funding for our training courses.

Consultations

The Welsh Government is consulting on the Equality Objectives that will be included in its Strategic Equality plan 2016-20.

The Welsh Government is consulting on the future plans for the Welsh Government funding framework for equality and inclusion.

The Welsh Government is consulting on guidance to assist multi agency Area Planning Boards to develop a commissioning strategy for substance misuse services.

The Welsh Government is consulting on proposals for the registration of school learning support workers in Wales, and which job titles would be included in this.

Documents & Reports 

The Welsh Government has produced guidance on exclusions from school and Pupil Referral Units  (PRUs).

The Welsh Government has developed new Health and care standards to support the delivery of NHS services in Wales.

This is the Welsh Government’s guidance on the ‘When I am Ready’ scheme.

The EU Alliance for Investing in Children launched an implementation handbook on 1 April 2015. The handbook gives guidance on how to put the EU Recommendation Investing in children: Breaking the cycle of disadvantage into practice.

The Welsh Government has published its Annual Report on the Third Sector Scheme.

The Welsh Government has published its revised strategy for tackling child poverty. The strategy gives details of what the Welsh Government will do to reduce the number of children living in poverty, and to improve the lives of children living in low income households.

The Research Service of the National Assembly for Wales has produced a summary paper on The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill.

This is the first edition of the information update on progress with the National Approach to Statutory Advocacy.

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), at the request of the European Commission, conducted research on national child protection systems in the 28 EU Member States.

This guidance from the Welsh Government and the Department of Health gives advice on the arrangements for resolving disputes over mental health aftercare between local authorities in England and Wales.

The Human Rights Joint Committee, a cross-party Committee at Westminster which examines the UK Government’s work on human rights, has published a report following its inquiry into the UK’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Statistics

The Welsh Government has produced statistics on the number of applications for student support received and the number of awards granted.

These statistics from the Welsh Government give data on the number of Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) grants awarded in Wales.

The Welsh Government has produced statistics on the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training.

The Welsh Government has produced a report giving statistics on academic achievement in Wales.

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