BACD Quality Principles for Paediatric Disabled Services (2016) If you are involved in delivering, commissioning or receiving services for disabled children and young people, which includes all with special educational needs, this document should be of interest to you. Please read it and reflect across agencies in your locality as to how your services compare and make action plans for continuous improvement.
BACD & BACCH Survey on the Impact of Austerity Measures on Disabled Children
In November 2014 BACD and BACCH surveyed members on the impact of austerity measures on families with disabled children. This was followed up in January 2015 with an addition survey. . BACD's chair Dr Karen Horridge was interviewed for BBC News on Wednesday 18 February 2015.
Safeguarding children and improving their care in the UK This paper emphasises the need for a consistent identifier to be used to share information between agencies for children in the same way as for adults.
Lord Willis Shape of Caring Review Click here to view the joint letter in response to the Review, regarding Child Health Nurses. We encourage everyone to look out for the formal consultation when it comes and to respond to it!
The Children’s Society report ‘4 in every 10 disabled children living in poverty' makes key recommendations to ministers detailing how families can be lifted out of poverty, including urging the Government to make sure that all families with disabled children are aware of, and able to take up, their full entitlement to benefits.
RGGP Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Toolkit for Adults in England and Wales 2011 - The Mental Capacity Act 2005 was implemented in England and Wales in 2007 to provide the legal framework for acting and making decisions on behalf of individuals who lack the mental capacity to make particular decisions for themselves. The safeguards contained within the Act provide a framework for assessment and decision-making as well as defining a process regarding who should be consulted and the time scales for doing so. This tool kit is designed provide information and support for the application of the Mental Capacity Act to GPs and Primary Care Staff.
Personal Health Budgets: what are the experiences of early adopters? Personal budgets for healthcare are being piloted in English PCTs. We are evaluating this initiative in order to find out whether personal health budgets lead to better health and social care outcomes, compared to conventional service delivery. This interim report was written after interviewing 58 people from 17 PCTs about their experiences so far, generally three months after the offer of a personal health budget (PHB).
To read the findings in full, the report can be downloaded from: http://php.york.ac.uk/inst/spru/pubs/2084/
Health and Social Care Bill This was published on 19 January and can be downloaded here. BACD has contributed to the National children's Bureau joint statement along with other children's associations, which can be downloaded here. A briefing by NCB in response to the Bill can be read here.