Development of Information Standards for Children's Services

The Information Standards Board within the Department for Education is developing information standards for children’s services.

Representatives from organisations have contributed to workshops to progress the development of these standards and very considerable progress has been made in the area of Early Help.

The discussions during the workshops have revealed that we need to talk to individuals from other organisations who deliver specialist services to children. This may happen when children are referred by Early Help to receive these services. Organisations that we have made contact with include the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Chief Fire Officers Association.

We have, however, identified a number of other services delivered to children (see list below) where we have not yet been able to identify individuals who can explain the processes involved to us in any detail.  It would be helpful if you could forward this message to your contacts for the delivery of any of these services or other specialist children’s services and ask them if they are willing to assist the Information Standards Board by contacting us by email itgovernance.secretariat@education.gsi.gov.uk .

The list of identified children’s services is as follows:

  • Looked After Children
  • Asylum-seeking children
  • Children in need
  • Adoption
  • Children in custody
  • Placements
  • Fostering
  • Health
  • Safety
  • Prisoners’ children
  • Advocacy
  • Skills acquisition
  • CAMHS (with NHS)
  • Troubled Families
  • Speech and language problems
  • Sure start (children centres)
  • Specialist teachers
  • Children in employment
  • Children who can’t access service/ ‘early help’ (ie above the needs of an average child but below the social care threshold)
  • Careers advice service
  • 14-19 cohort
  • Children as careers
  • Children not eligible for children support (funds) but these are often funded by LA “no recourse to public funds”
  • Asylum seeking families
  • Child protect
  • Unaccompanied child asylum seekers
  • Children not yet born covered in child protection / social but not recognised until born
  • Youth Justice
  • Welfare to work
  • Private fostering and private foster agencies
  • Educational psychologist
  • Special service dealing with young children who move to young adults

Thank you for your help.

posted by esd support on 20th August 2014

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