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Services have robust systems to safeguard disabled children and young people, who are more likely to be vulnerable to abuse than non-disabled children.  

Multi-agency transition planning takes place to improve support for disabled young people entering adulthood.

The full NSF can be downloaded from

http://www.dh.gov.uk/PolicyAndGuidance/HealthAndSocialCareTopics/ChildrenServices/fs/en

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Common Assessment Framework for Children in Need

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The "Every Child Matters" Green Paper proposed the introduction of a Common Assessment Framework (CAF) as a central element of the strategy for helping children, young people and their families.

The Department for Education and Skills has published a consultation paper, inviting comments on the proposed CAF from anyone involved in working with children.

The aim is to improve the consistency and quality of assessments by introducing a non-bureaucratic, common method of assessing the needs of children and young people that can be used by the whole children's workforce.

The CAF is seen as providing the main (or only) assessment approach used at the first sign of emerging vulnerability, and the main method for establishing whether and to whom a referral to another agency is indicated. The CAF would essentially act as a common front-end to more specialist assessments, which would need modification to accommodate the standards imposed by the CAF. As such, the CAF is a development that is relevant to every practitioner and agency providing services to children and young people.

The paper is available at: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/consultations/

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Information Booklet for Disabled Parents

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The National Centre for Disabled Parents has been funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to publish an information booklet for disabled parents:

"'They said what?' Some common myths about disabled parents and community care legislation", by Jenny Morris.

The booklet (covering England and Wales) explains the assistance available to disabled parents. It is made up of a series of questions and answers, which identify and explain common misconceptions about the assistance and equipment available to disabled parents to help them look after their children.

The idea for this booklet came from disabled parents who had difficulties getting what they required. Some of the things they were told by social workers and other professionals were not accurate, but the parents usually did not have the necessary knowledge about their rights to challenge these statements.

This booklet sets out some of these statements and gives information about what disabled people are entitled to. At the end of the booklet is a list of legislation and government guidance and details of how to get hold of them. There is also information about organisations that can provide advice and information.  

Printed copies of the booklet are available free of charge from: National Centre for Disabled Parents, Unit F9, 89/93 Fonthill Road, London N4 3JH, Tel: 08702 410450 (select option 2),

e-mail: information@disabledparentsnetwork.org.uk.

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