It is unacceptable that vulnerable children across the UK are experiencing restraint, seclusion and other restrictions in the very places they are supposed to be safe and well cared for, including schools.
The Children and Young People’s Health Policy Influencing Group wrote a letter to the Secretary of State, Matt Hancock, as a response to recent discussions on the Integration and Innovation White Paper and the forthcoming Health and Care Bill, saying “The evidence is crystal clear that in order to achieve your goal of improving population health, tackling health inequalities, and preventing poor health later in life, there must be a strong focus on children and young people. However, we have serious concerns that these proposed changes have not been planned with children and young people in mind.”
The letter raises concerns, including:
- The benefits of integration have only been considered from the perspectives of adults and the services adults use;
- There has been little focus on how the proposed changes will affect existing duties on the NHS and other bodies as they relate to children and young people; and
- There is a risk that children and young people will become invisible within Integrated Care Systems.
The CBF is one of 35 members of the Children and Young People’s Health Policy Influencing Group.
In addition to the work focussed on children The CBF will continue to influence the Bill on behalf of people of all ages with a severe learning disability and their families.
The Family Support Caseworker will offer casework support to family carers and provide information and guidance about challenging behaviour associated with severe learning disabilities.