POLITICAL ACTION

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

One hundred and fifty English local authorities and all authorities in Wales have the strategic lead for education of children and young people. They have a legal duty to ensure that every child fulfils his or her educational potential.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT OMBUDSMAN

The LGO are the final stage for complaints about councils, all adult social care providers (including care homes and home care agencies) and some other organisations providing local public services. They are a free service. They investigate complaints in a fair and independent way - They do not take sides.


They are able to investigate some school related issues in which the local council is usually the responsible body.

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NHS CLINICAL COMMISSIONING - CAMHS

Commissioning is the process of assessing needs, planning and prioritising, purchasing and monitoring health services, to get the best health outcomes.

Services are commissioned by CCGs and NHS England on a local, regional and national basis.

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NHS INVOLVEMENT HUB

The Involvement Hub supports patients, carers, staff and the public who want to find out more about participation – both how to do it and how to get involved.

It is a source of information and resources which will help people to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to get involved in the design and delivery of health services. The site also includes examples of good practice and links to learning and involvement opportunities.

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CHILDREN'S COMMISSIONER - England

Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield promotes and protects the rights of children, especially the most vulnerable, and stands up for their views and interests.

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CHILDREN'S COMMISSIONER - Wales

Sally Holland has been the Children’s Commissioner for Wales since April 2015.

Her job is to tell people why children’s rights are so important, and to look at how the decisions made by public bodies in Wales, including Welsh Government, affect children’s rights.

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CHILDREN'S COMMISSIONER - Scotland

The Children and Young People's Commissioner is a person. Their job is to help you understand your rights and to make sure those rights are respected. Their goal is for children and young people in Scotland to be as safe and happy as possible.

The current Commissioner is Bruce Adamson

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CHILDREN'S COMMISSIONER - N. IRELAND

The Commissioner’s role is to safeguard and promote the rights and best interests of children and young people.

The current Commissioner is Koulla Yiasouma.

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PARENT CARER FORUMS

The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) is the independent national voice of parent carer forums.

Our mission is to deliver better outcomes for families living with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 

We aim to:

  • create a culture of participation and co-production across the education, health, social care and the voluntary sectors. This means that we are involved in all aspects of designing, commissioning, delivering and reviewing services as an equal partner.
  • empower our members to ensure that their voices are heard at a local, regional and national level
  • inspire our partners by sharing good practice and knowledge.

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THEY WORK FOR YOU

You shouldn’t have to be an expert to understand what goes on in Parliament. Your politicians represent you… but what exactly do they do in your name?

TheyWorkForYou takes open data from the UK Parliament, and presents it in a way that’s easy to follow – for everyone. So now you can check, with just a few clicks: are They Working For You?


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CONTACT YOUR MP

You can contact your MP when you, or people living in your area, are affected by decisions made by the UK Parliament or by the Government. MPs represent all the people in their local area, whether they vote for them or not.

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CYPMHC

We are a coalition of leading organisations from across England, with a growing base of supporters who are passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Through the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, our charities come together and speak as one on behalf of children and young people’s mental health. The Coalition was launched in the House of Lords in March 2010, previously hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, but now sits at the Centre for Mental Health as its new home in 2018.

We are chaired by Dame Sue Bailey and Dr Pooky Knightsmith 

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EDUCATION SELECT COMMITTEE

The Education Committee monitors the policy, administration and spending of the Department for Education and its associated arms length bodies, including Ofsted.

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WESTMINSTER EDUCATION FORUM

Westminster Forum Projects (WFP) has its origins in the UK national Parliament, but its work now extends to policy decided in UK devolved Parliaments and Assemblies, the Oireachtas, and the European Commission and Parliament.


WFP currently offers 16 influential, impartial and cross-party forums

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MAKING FOI REQUESTS

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) introduced a right to information held by public authorities which came fully into force in 2005. However, like all rights, it should be used responsibly by those who exercise it.

Here, FOI Man, a public sector employee with several years’ experience of advising on and answering FOI and EIR requests, outlines the best way to make sure you get the most out of both regimes without creating unnecessary burdens on public authorities.

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RESOURCES

Directors of Child Services Statutory GuidanceDownload
Surveillence and child protectionDownload
THE PARENTS UNION statement for schools about ATTENDANCEDownload
Westminster Education Forum Childrens Mental Health May18Download