Current policy consultations
As part of our work we respond to policy consultations relevant to young people’s health both for AYPH and as part of the Young People’s Health Partnership. Responses to consultations and links to relevant open consultations are set out below.
Closes 7 November 2018
The Department for Education is seeking views on draft regulations, statutory guidance and a regulatory impact assessment for relationships and sex education and health education.They are proposing that schools are required to teach relationships education at primary school, relationships and sex education at secondary school and health education at all state-funded schools. The draft regulations and associated statutory guidance build on the findings from the call for evidence and DfE’s engagement with a wide range of expert organisations and interested parties. The responses to the consultation will help inform any further refining of the draft regulations and statutory guidance before the regulations are put before Parliament and the guidance finally published.
Closes 28 September 2018
NHS England has launched a consultation on evidence based interventions – research evidence shows some interventions are not clinically effective or only effective when they are performed in specific circumstances. As medical science advances, some interventions are superseded by those that are less invasive or more effective. At both national and local levels, there is a general consensus that more needs to be done to ensure that least effective interventions are not routinely performed, or only performed in more clearly defined circumstances. NHS England is consulting on the design principles of the programme, the interventions that should be targeted initially and proposed clinical criteria. The activity goals to be set and the delivery actions, including proposed new terms in the NHS Standard Contract, are also being consulted on.
Closes 13 August 2018
The APPG on Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing has launched an inquiry into managing the impact of social media on young people’s mental health and wellbeing, which will run from Summer 2018 to early 2019. The inquiry will aim to build the evidence base on the issue, but also to inform progressive and practical solutions including a proposed industry Code of Conduct. The group will be hearing evidence, views and experiences from a variety of expert stakeholders as well as young people themselves. You can read our response to the call for evidence here.
The Green Paper sets out the Government’s plans to improve mental health support for children and young people. It includes a focus on prevention and stresses the importance of work with schools and colleges.
AYPH has highlighted the need for mental health support from prevention through to specialist services for all young people age 10 – 25. We think that everyone working with young people must be involved in improving mental health support including the VCSE and families. You can read our response to the consultation as part of the Young People’s Health Partnership here. Youth Access, acting on behalf of The Young People’s Health Partnership, was commissioned by DHSC to run four 2 hour focus groups with young people to get their thoughts on the proposals outlined in the green paper. You can read our report on what the young people thought of the proposals here.
This consultation will inform the delivery of commitments the Government made to:
- introduce statutory relationships and sex education (RSE) in all secondary schools from 2019 and statutory ‘relationships education’ in all primary schools
- update statutory guidance on relationships and sex education (last updated in 2000
- consider whether to make PSHE statutory in its entirety.
High quality PSHE is important for all young people and we will be responding to this consultation and confirming our support for PSHE to be made statutory in its entirety. You can read our response to the call for evidence as part of the Young People’s Health Partnership here.