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The latest publications on all aspects relating to children and young people in Wales are posted here.

Children and young people first

Children and Young People First

09/07/14
Welsh Government/Youth Justice Board joint strategy to improve services for young people from Wales at risk of becoming involved in, or in, the youth justice system.
 

The Youth Work Curriculum Statement for Wales (2007)

12/05/14
Youth work is delivered by both the statutory and voluntary youth service in Wales through a voluntary relationship between young people and youth workers.
 
Reduce the risk of cot death

Reduce the risk of cot death

20/03/14
Research is continuing to help us understand more about cot death.
 

Family Justice Network

23/01/14
Following the publication of the Family Justice Review in November 2011, a Family Justice Network for Wales was established in May 2012.
 

UK Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission – Annual report 2013 – Evidence from Wales

02/09/13
The Welsh Government has given evidence to a UK wide commission setting out its unique approach to tackling child poverty and raising the educational performance of children from the poorest households.
 

Guidance on the implementation of the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000

28/08/13
This guidance sets out the duties for local authorities in supporting their care leavers as outlined in the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000.
 
Choosing childcare in Wales: Support for parents and financial help with Childcare costs

Choosing childcare in Wales: Support for parents and financial help with Childcare costs

22/07/13
This booklet explains the financial help available for childcare.
 
Choosing childcare in Wales: How to choose quality Childcare

Choosing childcare in Wales: How to choose quality Childcare

22/07/13
This booklet offers guidance to help choose childcare in Wales.
 

Consent in health care - information for children and young people age under 18 in Wales.

22/04/13
This leaflet is about their health care and the right to be involved in decisions about their health, health care or treatment.
 

Response to the Children’s Commissioner for Wales report ‘Missing voices’

28/02/13
Our response to the recommendations and progress so far are set out in the report.
 

National Independent Advocacy Board - Legacy Report

26/02/13
The primary objective of the report is to register and put on record the achievements of the board.
 

Children’s rights scheme

04/02/13
Report on the compliance with the duty under section 1 of the Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011.
 
Safeguarding of Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation

Safeguarding of Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation

22/01/13
Guidance to safeguard children and young people from being sexually exploited.
 

Welsh Government Response to the Children and Young People Committee Inquiry into Adoption

07/01/13
A detailed response to the 16 recommendations and detailed actions identified by the Committee.
 

Protecting children in Wales

21/12/12
From 1 January 2013, Child Practice Reviews (CPR) replace Serious Case Reviews in Wales.
 

Children and young people’s continuing care guidance

27/11/12
Guidance for Local Health Boards, Local Authorities and their partners who plan and provide children’s continuing care services.
 

Intercountry adoption guide

21/11/12
This guide is designed to assist local authorities and voluntary adoption agencies in their understanding of the law as it applies to intercountry adoption in Wales.
 

Play sufficiency assessment - Toolkit

12/11/12
It has been designed to provide support to all local authorities in fulfilling their duty to assess play opportunities.
 

Junior Independent Saving Account scheme for looked after children

15/10/12
This circular introduces the scheme which comes into effect immediately.
 

Welsh Government Circular WGC 015/2012: Reconnecting to Care for former relevant children in Wales

03/10/12
Statutory guidance on local authority responsibilities towards former relevant young people.
 

Audit on the implementation of the National minimum maintenance allowance for foster carers in Wales

23/07/12
An analysis of the responses to the Welsh Government's audit.
 

Best practice guidance - Breaks for carers of disabled children (Wales) Regulations 2012

06/07/12
The guidance has been produced to help local authorities understand their legal duties.
 

Finance documentation

02/07/12
Families First financial guidance and information for local authorities.
 

Providing Effective Advocacy Services for Children and Young People Making a Representation or Complaint under the Children Act 1989

29/03/12
Guidance for local authorities providing advocacy services for children and young people making a complaint under the Children Act 1989.
 

Formal Advocacy Training

20/03/12
An exciting new training opportunity available from Tros Gynnal Plant.
 

Response from the Welsh Government to the 10th annual report of the children’s commissioner for Wales 2010-11

19/03/12
Foreword by Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales.
 
National Minimum Standards for Regulated Child Care

National minimum standards for regulated child care - March 2012

09/03/12
These standards determine whether childcare settings are providing adequate care for children under eight.
 

Nurturing Children, Supporting Families - Progress Report December 2011

28/02/12
This report details the progress on the actions outlined in ‘Nurturing Children, Supporting Families' and the work we are undertaking to deliver high quality, affordable and accessible childcare.
 

National minimum maintenance allowances for foster carers 2011 - 2014

23/12/11
Local authorities and independent fostering providers are required to complete the questionnaire by no later than 6 January 2012.
 

The Welsh safeguarding children forum

20/10/11
Making recommendations on strengthening safeguarding arrangements for children in Wales.
 
The Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Strategic Action Plan for Wales

The Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Strategic Action Plan for Wales

10/08/11
The Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Strategic Action Plan for Wales will drive improvements across services for children, young people and adults in health, social services and education services.
 
Children and Young People’s Planning guidance 2011–14

Children and Young People’s Planning guidance 2011–14

28/07/11
For local authorities and all relevant partners from the statutory and third sector who provide services to children and young people from 0–25 in a local authority area.
 

The Care Standards Act 2000 (Notification) (Wales) Regulations 2011 and Guidance

18/07/11
New measures introduced by amendments to the Care Standards Act 2000 increase the range of enforcement options available to the Care and Social Service Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW).
 

Visits to Former Looked After Children in Detention (Wales) Regulations and Guidance 2011

18/07/11
Statutory guidance on local authority responsibilities towards former looked after children in custody.
 
Protecting Children Supporting Foster Carers – Dealing with Allegations against Foster Carers Protocol and Training Toolkit

Protecting Children Supporting Foster Carers – Dealing with Allegations against Foster Carers Protocol and Training Toolkit

27/06/11
It is essential that foster carers are properly supported should an allegation of abuse be made against them.
 

Consequences of Case Law Following the Court of Appeal Decision in Re A (A Child) [2009] EWCA 41

26/05/11
Welsh Government Guidance on the use of paragraph 19(1) in Schedule 2 to the Children Act 1989 in placing a child with relatives abroad prior to adoption.
 
Visits to Children in Long-term Residential Care Regulations 2011

Visits to Children in Long-term Residential Care Regulations 2011

12/05/11
Sections 17 to 19 of the Children and Young Persons Act 2008 amend the Children Act 1989 to strengthen local authorities’ duties to ensure the welfare of children is safeguarded and promoted when they are placed in health, education or other establishments for consecutive periods of 3 months or mor ...
 
The Journey so Far: An update to the Policy Agenda We are on the Way

The Journey so Far: An update to the policy agenda ‘We are on the Way'

12/04/11
Here you can download the document ‘The Journey so far’. This is an update to the policy agenda ‘We are on the way’.
 

Delegated authority for foster carers

05/04/11
The National Assembly’s Children and Young People Committee’s Inquiry into the Placement of Children in Care included in their recommendations to the Welsh Assembly Government that approved foster carers should have more autonomy in relation to the everyday decisions about the children in their car ...
 

National minimum maintenance allowances for foster carers 2011 - 2014

24/02/11
The Welsh Assembly Government greatly values the contribution that foster carers make in caring for vulnerable children, and are committed to ensuring they are supported.
 
Childcare policy statement, Nurturing children, supporting families

Childcare policy statement: Nurturing children, supporting families

16/02/11
Priorities, actions and reporting procedures for childcare in Wales.
 
Review of the Capacity and Delivery of Play Training in Wales

Review of the Capacity and Delivery of Play Training in Wales

12/01/11
Examines the current models of play training, availability of play training and qualifications and future needs of the workforce.
 

Research into an allowance and fees framework for foster carers

14/10/10
The Welsh Assembly Government greatly values the contribution that foster carers make in caring for vulnerable children, and are committed to ensuring they are supported.
 

Provision of Accommodation for 16 & 17 year old young people who may be homeless

15/09/10
Guidance to children’s social services authorities and local housing authorities about their duties under Part 3 of the Children Act 1989 and Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 to secure or provide accommodation for homeless 16 and 17 year old young people.
 

Welsh Assembly Government Response to the Child and Young People Committee Inquiry on : Arrangements for the Placement of Children into Care

13/07/10
Please see the Welsh Assembly Government’s response to the report and recommendations published by the National Assembly for Wales’ Children and Young People Committee on 21 May 2010 following its inquiry into the Arrangements for the Placement of Children into Care.
 

Being a Family: Parents with Learning Disabilities in Wales

02/07/10
This research was commissioned by the Vulnerable Children Branch of the Department for Health and Social Services at the Welsh Assembly Government.
 

Childcare sufficiency - information for Local Authorities

16/06/10
The attached document details the duties of Local Authorities under the Childcare Act 2006. It provides specific guidance on the preparation of a childcare sufficiency assessment.
 

Qualification of care staff in registered children’s homes in Wales

12/05/10
The Welsh Assembly Government undertook an audit of children’s homes in January and February 2010.
 

Adoption Register Annual Report

08/04/10
The Adoption Register for England and Wales is a service for vulnerable children who need adoptive families.
 
My Life, My Way: A young person's guide to transition

My Life, My Way: A young person's guide to transition

05/03/10
If you make plans and start thinking about transition early it will be easier. This leaflet will help you find out what should happen, and when.
 

First Stage Evaluation of Children and Young People’s Frameworks, Early Entitlement and Cymorth

04/03/10
Independent consultants York Consulting Ltd. have undertaken a first stage national evaluation of the implementation of Children and Young People's Frameworks, Early Entitlement and Cymorth. This document is the final summary report of the evaluation.
 

Private fostering

03/03/10
New legislation, standards and guidance have been introduced in Wales from 1 April 2006 to strengthen the requirements of the notification system first introduced by the Children Act 1989. Private foster carers and parents of children placed are required to notify the social services department in ...
 

Help at hand: Taking a Positive Approach to Parenting

25/02/10
This booklet is intended to provide ideas for parents of young children on helpful ways of dealing with children’s behaviour, including alternatives to smacking. Children in Wales has written this booklet in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government and members of the ‘Sdim Curo Plant!/Childre ...
 
From breakfast to bedtime: Helping you and your toddler through the day!

From breakfast to bedtime: Helping you and your toddler through the day!

25/02/10
All parents know the good times with their children; it may be just that today’s busy lifestyles make them harder to see.
 
Over-the-top behaviour in the under tens: Normal Childhood Behaviour or Problem Behaviour?

Over-the-top behaviour in the under tens: Normal Childhood Behaviour or Problem Behaviour?

25/02/10
This leaflet tries to show some of the differences between normal childhood behaviour and when there are more serious problems.
 

The Independent Review of Determinations (Adoption and Fostering) Regulations Wales 2010 and The Fostering Services (Amendment) Wales Regulations 2010

24/02/10
This guidance alerts local authority and independent fostering providers, prospective and current foster carers to the Independent Review of Determinations (Adoption and Fostering) (Wales) Regulations 2010 and the Fostering Services Amendment) Wales Regulations 2010.
 

Key messages from Child Poverty Seminar

29/10/09
Outputs from cross-Government workshops on 15th July 2009.
 

If this were my child: A councillor’s guide to being a good corporate parent to children in care and care leavers

04/08/09
This guidance is intended to remind elected members of their responsibility to act as good corporate parents to looked after children and care leavers.
 

Common Assessment Framework

21/05/09
The electronic Common Assessment Framework was developed to help identify and deliver preventative services to children and young people with additional needs.
 

Impact of the current economic climate on the child poverty agenda

05/03/09
Following their 3rd meeting on the 10 October 2008 members of the Child Poverty Expert Group wrote to the Minister for Social Justice and Local Government expressing concern about the impact of the current economic climate on the child poverty agenda and presenting the Assembly Government with two ...
 

WISE Online: An Internet and Mobile Phone Guide

31/12/08
The guide was produced by WISE KIDS for the Welsh Assembly Government.
 

Digital literacy and e-safety: A teacher's guide

31/12/08
The guide was produced by WISE KIDS for the Welsh Assembly Government.
 

An evaluation of the introduction of a Youth Inclusion Programme in rural Wales

03/12/08
This research study provides an insight into the implementation and delivery of a Youth Inclusion Programme (YIP) in Penparcau and Tregaron Uplands in Ceredigion. The research outlines the variety of challenges encountered in the developmental phase of a YIP and highlights some of the lessons learn ...
 
Safeguarding children who may have been trafficked

Safeguarding children who may have been trafficked

20/06/08
This document provides good practice guidance to professionals and volunteers from all agencies.
 

My Individual Learning Plan (Pilot 2008)

04/03/08
It was an aspiration of the All Wales Youth Offending Strategy that all young people in the Criminal Justice System would have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP).
 

Building safer communities where children and young people are valued

21/01/08
This research examines the profile of risk and protective factors experienced by young people growing up in the various communities and local authorities in Wales. It aims to understand more fully where those differences originate and to establish what can be done to improve the risk and protection ...
 

A Study of Models of Accomodation and Support for Young Single Homeless People

05/11/07
This research is aimed to provide information which will equip local authorities (and others) with the evidence base and strategic framework for planning an appropriate spectrum of provision for young single homeless people in the medium to long term.
 

Shared Planning for Better Outcomes

30/09/07
This statutory guidance requires Local Authorities, working with their local partners, to publish Children and Young People’s Plans, as set out in section 26 of the Children Act 2004.
 

Preparing and Assessing Prospective Adopters: Practice Guidance (July 2007)

07/08/07
This practice guidance is designed to assist practitioners as they assess prospective adopters, whether they intend to adopt a child from this country or from abroad.
 

CRB Guidance for Fostering Providers

20/07/07
This guidance, which is aimed at fostering providers, provides clarification on eligibility for disclosure checks. The guidance outlines the government's expectation of when these checks should be requested.
 

Towards a stable life and a brighter future: Regulations and guidance coming into force on 1 July 2007

06/07/07
The changes strengthen the placement, health, education and wellbeing of looked after children and young people, and amend the Responsible Commissioner arrangements.
 
Identifying & supporting people with autistic spectrum disorders within the Youth Justice System in Wrexham & Flintshire

Identifying and supporting people with autistic spectrum disorders within the Youth Justice System in Wrexham and Flintshire

23/04/07
A study identifying how the police and other agencies can increase their understanding of autistic spectrum disorders.
 
'Help at Hand' - An evaluation report of a programme of activities promoting alternatives to smacking children

'Help at Hand' - An evaluation report of a programme of activities promoting alternatives to smacking children

23/04/07
Research investigating how to make the physical punishment of children less socially acceptable. The study also identifies the support that best helps parents avoid using physical punishment.
 
Safeguarding Children: Working Together Under the Children Act 2004

Safeguarding Children: Working Together Under the Children Act 2004

28/02/07
This Guidance is aimed at Chief Officers and all managers and practitioners in those bodies named in section 28 and 31 of the Children Act 2004.
 

Child Poverty Implementation Plan - Phase 1 Proposals

02/11/06
This describes detailed proposals designed to help meet the objectives in our child poverty strategy, A Fair Future for Our Children.
 

Eradicating Child Poverty in Wales - Measuring Success

23/10/06
The milestones and targets we have adopted to measure progress toward eradicating child poverty by 2020.
 

Access to information regulations and the Data Protection Act

08/09/06
It is likely that every application for disclosure of information under these regulations will be unique and practitioners in the field may need to exercise their discretion and seek advice from their legal services on a case by case basis.
 

The Access to Information (Postcommencement Adoptions) (Wales) Regulations 2005: Guidance (July 2006)

07/09/06
This guidance is designed to support the introduction of the Access to Information (Post-Commencement Adoptions) (Wales) Regulations 2005 under the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
 

Stronger Partnerships for Better Outcomes

31/08/06
This circular contains statutory guidance under sections 25(8), 26(5), and 27(4) of the Children Act 2004. These provisions place a duty of local co-operation on local authorities in Wales and a range of partners to improve the well being of children and young people in each local authority area.
 

NAFWC 16/02 Adoption Register Guide and Form

23/08/06
NAFWC 16/02 Adoption Register Guide and Form
 

Special Guardianship (Wales) Regulations 2005: Guidance

17/07/06
Local authorities will need to review their existing policies and practice in the light of the Regulations and this guidance and give the same priority to these responsibilities as to other statutory duties.
 

Twin track planning within care proceedings

14/07/06
This flow chart has been produced purely as an aide and is not a statement of law.
 

The Local Authority Adoption Service (Wales) Regulations 2006

28/06/06
These Regulations are made under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (“the 2002 Act”) and the Care Standards Act 2000 (“the 2000 Act”) and apply to Welsh local authorities. They replace the Local Authority Adoption Service (Wales) Regulations 2005.
 

National Minimum Standards for Adoption Support Agencies

27/06/06
This document contains the national minimum standards (NMS) which will, following full implementation of the Adoption and Children Act 2002, be applicable to adoption support agencies (ASAs) and those who wish to be registered as ASAs in Wales.
 

Adoption Agencies (Wales) Regulations 2005: Guidance

26/06/06
The Adoption Agencies (Wales) Regulations are in eight parts and have six schedules. They set out the essential requirements for adoption agencies in preparing and arranging a child’s adoption.
 

Adoption Support Services (Local Authorities) (Wales) Regulations 2005

26/06/06
This guidance is designed to provide guidance on interpretation of The Adoption Support Services (Local Authorities)(Wales) Regulations 2005.
 

Parenting Action Plan: Supporting mothers, fathers and carers with raising children in Wales

31/12/05
Being a parent is a big job. Everyone who looks after children needs support and encouragement. They also need advice and information about a range of things as their children grow up.
 

Do you look after someone else’s child?

01/11/05
Children in foster care fall into two main groups: those looked after by the local authority; and those fostered privately.
 

Important transitional guidance for adoption

01/10/05
Important transitional guidance for adoption
 

Practice Guidance on Assessing the Support Needs of Adoptive Families (Wales)

01/02/05
This is good practice guidance for frontline practitioners in Wales who are involved on a day to day basis in assessing the support needs of people affected by adoption.
 

Care Leavers Survey 2005: Overall Summary

12/01/05
The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 was implemented in Wales in 2001. In August 2002 Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (SSIW) undertook a thematic inspection of services for young people leaving care. A report of the Inspection was published in 2004.
 

Is someone else looking after your child?

11/01/05
If your child is in private fostering, you should read this leaflet. It will help you to ensure that your child is properly cared for.
 

A Study of Advocacy Services for Children and Young People in Wales

07/01/05
This report provides the ‘key messages’ from our study and presents these in six sections.
 

Framework for Restrictive Physical Intervention Policy and Practice

03/01/05
Restrictive physical interventions must be regarded in the same way as any other professional involvement with an individual. At all times the human and legal rights of service users must be of paramount importance.
 

Adoption Support Services Guidance Wales

01/08/04
Adoption Support Services
 

Report of the Child Poverty Task Group

01/06/04
This report provides recommendations to the Assembly Government in relation to the development of a long-term strategic direction for combating child poverty in Wales.
 
Strategic Framework:

Strategic Framework: "Choice and Stability" - Developing a range of quality placements for looked after children and young people in Wales

10/02/04
The availability of a choice of quality placements close to children's home environments is essential to providing stability in their lives and better outcomes from care.
 

Independent Reviewing Officers Guidance Wales: Adoption and Children Act 2002 and The Review of Children’s Cases (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2004.

09/01/04
The Children First programme encouraged the development of the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) role in Local Authorities. The appointment of IROs was seen as one means by which care planning and decision-making could be improved leading to improved life chances for looked after children.
 

The Adoption Agencies (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2003

01/01/04
Date Published: 12/2003 Date Published To Internet: 01/2004
 

National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services

31/12/03
Together, the Fostering Service (Wales) Regulations 2003 and these standards form the basis of the new regulatory framework under the Care Standards Act 2000 (CSA) for the conduct of fostering services.
 

Learning, Earning and Living: A Multi-Agency conference focussing on achieving success for Care Leavers in Education and Employment

01/10/03
We know that looked after children often experience poor educational outcomes and that these outcomes impact negatively on their employment prospects and life chances.
 

Sexual health and Looked After Children

01/09/03
Six leaflets concerning sexual health and Looked After Children. They address issues including puberty, sex education and contraception.
 
National Standards for the Provision of Children’s Advocacy Services

National Standards for the Provision of Children’s Advocacy Services

01/02/03
These advocacy standards will provide a framework to plan, develop and review advocacy practice at all levels.
 

The Children (Leaving Care) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2002

16/07/02
These Regulations amend the Children (Leaving Care) Regulations 2001 ("the 2001 Regulations"). The 2001 Regulations make provision about support for children and young people aged 16 and over, who are, or have been, looked after by a local authority.
 

Assessing Children in Need and their Families: Practice Guidance

06/01/01
Understanding what is happening to a child when there are concerns that the child’s health and development are being impaired remains a core professional activity for those working with children and families.
 

Framework for the assessment of children in need and their families

06/01/01
A framework providing a way of analysing, understanding and recording what is happening to children and young people within their families and the community in which they live.