Current policy consultations

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.

Evidence-Based Interventions

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 As medical science advances, some interventions are superseded by those that are less invasive or more effective.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.

Managing the Impact of Social Media on Young People’s Mental Health & Wellbeing

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.

Friends and Family Test development project 2018-19

Closes 31 July 2018

NHS England is carrying out a project to improve  the Friends and Family Test. The work will result in publications of refreshed FFT Guidance by April 2019. Stakeholder surveys for providers, commissioners and FFT suppliers are currently open. there are also opportunities to join working groups to inform decisions about changes to current FFT ways of working. These are made up of volunteers from across NHS organisations, along with a number of patients and people with lived experience. If you are keen to be involved, please contact the project team, using ‘FFT working groups’ in the title, by emailing

Call for evidence on approach to Loneliness Strategy

Closes 20 July 2018

The Government are asking for organisations with expertise and experience in tackling loneliness to provide views on the Loneliness Strategy framework they are developing. They are particularly interested in responses from people and organisations with experience of working to reduce loneliness and/or with specialist knowledge of working with young people; people in poor health; carers; unemployed people; and bereaved people.

Green Paper: Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision

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.

Changes to teaching of Sex and Relationships Education and PSHE

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.