February 2016

A new report from the charity Driver Youth Trust says that the SEN reforms have led to chaos and confusion in some areas. Joining the Dots, commissioned from think and action-tank LKMco, presents a picture of fragmented SEN provision that makes it hard for some families to access the support they need. The Government introduced the “local offer” last year, requiring all local authorities to tell parents what SEN support was available in the area, but the study shows that these offers are often incomplete and largely useless.

DWP has published Work Choice statistics for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 December 2015. It also contains quarterly data from October 2010 to 31 December 2015. The main points from this release are that between 1 April 2015 to 31 December 2015 there were: * 11,070 referrals for 10,290 individuals * 8,210 starts for 8,020 individuals * 6,830 job outcomes for 6,710 individuals A six-month cohort analysis of 6600 Work Choice programme starts between 1st January 2015 and 30th June 2015 shows 4,170 (63.2%) had obtained a job outcome by 31st December 2015.

NHS England has committed to the transformation of mental health care across the NHS, pledging to help more than a million extra people and investing more than a billion pounds a year by 2020/21. It is making the move in response to the final report of an independent taskforce, chaired by the Chief Executive of Mind Paul Farmer, set up by the NHS as part of its Five Year Forward View to build consensus on how to improve services for people of all ages.

A new report published by the Health and Safety Executive outlines an approach to managing musculoskeletal, mental health and stress complaints in the workplace. The intention is to help organisations minimise the occurrence of such work-relevant common health problems and reduce avoidable sickness absence, healthcare use and long-term disability.

The report outlines the scientific underpinnings of the approach as well as prototype content and structure for a toolbox.

The Department for Education has announced an additional; £80 million to extend opportunities to children with special educational needs and disabilities. Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson, said the £80 million would help transform the life chances of children across the country and ensure every child, regardless of the challenges they face, can ‘dream big’ and fulfil their potential.