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The review of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) has moved on a stage, with the steering group issuing a general invitation to submit evidence, with a deadline of Friday 12 April. Information about the review and the call for evidence can now be found on the main government website.
Further information is emerging about the review of the public sector equality duty. While this indicates that some progress is being made, it is not yet clear how public sector authorities will be consulted, or if they will be consulted effectively.
This briefing outlines recent developments and makes some comments on the review programme so far. It draws attention to new guidance and research from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
The briefing is of interest to all tiers of councils; to elected members and officers with responsibility for equalities and community engagement; to corporate policy officers; to service managers and commissioners of services, including in adult social care and children’s services, and to trade unions locally and nationally.
In this review of provision for children and young people in 2012, the Children’s Rights Alliance recognises progress in some areas, but it also warns that in some other areas the government has not met the challenges for their welfare posed by budget austerity in the public sector.
The terms of reference for a review of the Public Sector Equality Duty were published on 28 November. The review, to be completed by April 2013, and conducted under the Red Tape Challenge, will look at all aspects of the duty with a view to amendment or diminution. This briefing outlines the information currently available.
Given the reputational and business relevance of compliance with equality obligations, local authorities will want to respond. The time imperative means that council can take initial steps to prepare their response prior to the opening of the review.
The briefing is of interest to all tiers of councils; to elected members and officers with responsibility for equalities and community engagement; to service managers and commissioners of services, including in adult social care and children’s services, and to trade unions locally and nationally.
New LGiU research looks at the future of education governance in light of the fact that more than half of secondary schools are now academies or free schools
This briefing provides an overview of the experience of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Pathfinder programme launched to explore further the ideas outlined in the Green Paper, Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability. A briefing on the supporting Draft legislation on Reform of provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs will be available from CSN shortly.
The briefing will help colleagues including school governors learn about the pathfinder programme that has supported the development of this draft legislation. It summarises overall discussion and development within the pathfinders as currently outlined on their website. The briefing considers pathfinder thinking and developments under the headings of personal budgets, banded funding, assessment and a single education, health and care plan, and the Local Offer. Pilot work has only been partially completed, and the briefing also indicates some of the thinking of parent and practitioner groups in relation to the draft legislation.
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