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Have Your Say ... Current Consultations


National and local Government use consultations to find out the general public's opinions. Here you will find current consultations which we consider relevant to parents, carers and their families.

The consultations and surveys which we have listed appear to be relevant to Worcestershire parents and other family carers; taking part is a way to have your say about issues which may affect your family.

Information about any consultations being run by Worcestershire County Council can be found by accessing the Worcestershire consultation portal (you can also access completed consultations from the link).

Worcestershire County Council Education Reviews and Consultations can be found at: bit.ly/1jqA8LP.

Local Consultations

Worcestershire's three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) want to know what you think about reducing access to assisted conception treatments (such as IVF). This could mean that couples have just one treatment cycle.

You can find a link to the document with background details of what they are considering and why here: bit.ly/2mZAtqX.

You can then take part in this survey to give your views about this: bit.ly/2o5txMm.

This consultation closes at 5pm on Wednesday 12th April 2017.


The Clinical Commissioning Groups are currently seeking views on proposals to restrict the prescription of various medicines, gluten-free food products, baby milk and oral nutritional supplements.

You can find a link to the document with background details of what they are considering and why here: bit.ly/2mZAtqX.

You can then take part in this survey to give your views about this:  http://bit.ly/2o5D71E.


Healthwatch Worcestershire is an independent consumer champion, aiming to give the public, patients and users of health and social care services in Worcestershire a voice. They currently have a survey for parents and carers of children aged 5-16 years. The survey is about health and emotional well-being information, advice and support services.

You can find the survey here: http://bit.ly/2aiOPPj.


Healthwatch Worcestershire has a survey about your experiences of going to the doctors which you can find here: http://bit.ly/24RmuqY.

They especially want to know what people think about making appointments and visiting the surgery. The survey should not take long to complete and at the end you are asked how you found out about it; please select "Other organisation" and specify Parents' Voice, thank you!



National Consultations

Taking part in a national consultation can sound scary, but it's really pretty straightforward! The minimum you have to do to take part usually is to tick a box for each question.

Each consultation has relevant documents which you can download and a response form. You can download the response form to complete and then send it by email or print and post it; you can also respond online.

The views of parents/carers are wanted; most of the consultations listed below have a box for parent/carer to describe yourself as a respondent (some also have a box for young person or child/young person). You can also ask for your response to remain confidential. There is room for comments if you wish to make any.

Current consultations are listed on the Department for Education site. You can also find outcomes of consultations and publications listed on the Government's Publications page.

We are unaware of any relevant national Government consultations at the moment.


Other current Surveys/Consultations/Calls for Evidence

  • The Department for Education are seeking views on proposed revisions  to the statutory guidance on the exclusion of pupils. They say "We have made changes in a small number of areas to make the rules that apply to exclusions and the process of review clearer."

    This is an open consultation which started on 14th March and which will close on 25th April.

    You can find the consultation (documents and online survey) here:  http://bit.ly/2nQ3QjO.

This consultation closes on 25th April 2017.

  • Social media and cyberbullying
    YoungMinds are holding an inquiry in Parliament, in partnership with The Children’s Society and Alex Chalk MP about the impact of social media on the mental health of children and young people.

    To help answer the inquiry's questions, there is an online survey for young people aged 11 – 25 to learn about their experiences of using social media and the impact it has on their mental health.

    The survey should take around 10-15 minutes and can be found here: http://bit.ly/2nhUKuo.

    Please pass these details on to any young people aged 11 - 25.


  • Action for Children have an online survey - you do not have to answer all the questions (though there are some that must be answered). A lot of the survey is about how parents/family carers use Apps and websites to find information.

    You can find the survey here: http://bit.ly/2nWtWQX.


The Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR) at Warwick University is conducting research for the Department for Education about Disagreement Resolution. People with recent experience (since September 2014) of seeking to resolve a disagreement about an issue relating to special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) through the First-tier Tribunal (SEND) or otherwise can take part.

You can find out more about this research and how to take part here: http://bit.ly/29bBM46.


Parents' Panel

Ofsted are setting up a parents' panel to ensure that parents have a say on important matters that affect their child(ren)’s education. You can find their parents' panel at svy.mk/1Mxo8nj





Parents' Voice Questions

What do you think of this website?


Do you think parents' opinions are valued in Worcestershire?

Yes No Don't Know

As a Worcestershire parent and/or carer what is your opinion on services for children and young people in this county?  What suggestions or ideas would you like to see happening to improve life for your child?

As a parent in Worcestershire what is your biggest concern for your child?

Previous (closed) Consultations

In this section we list consultations and surveys which we have told our supporters about with details of reports which were published as a result.

Sometimes we conduct a survey ourselves - we've put details of those surveys first. In the sections that follow you'll find other local consultations/surveys then national consultations.

Parents' Voice Summer 2014 Survey

We put together a short questionnaire for Worcestershire parents and carers and everyone who took part had the chance to win one of three prizes.

The survey closed in October 2014. We contacted the prizewinners (picked at random) and have used the responses when planning future activities.

Parents' Voice Bullying Survey (2013)

During the summer of 2013 we conducted a survey for parents and carers in Worcestershire. A child affected by bullying means a whole family is affected. We wanted to find out more about Worcestershire parents' experiences of bullying, especially about the support and information that parents needed and any suggestions they had for improvements.

We compiled a report and an executive summary (with some headline facts) - you can download both.

To download a copy of the executive summary, click here.

To download a copy of the full report, click here.

The report was sent to members of the Children's Trust Executive Board.


Parents' Voice Worcestershire - Questionnaire 2011

Parents had their say and gave us details about their issues and priorities. We published feedback to this in a special edition of our newsletter which can be found here.

You can have your say at any time, visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Many thanks for your support, it is very much appreciated.



Previous Local Consultations

Information about any consultations being run by Worcestershire County Council can be found by accessing the Worcestershire consultation portal; you can also access completed consultations from the link.


  1. Early Years Speech and Language Provision

Worcestershire County Council have identified two preferred providers to deliver Early Years Specialist Language provision, one for the district of Redditch and the other for the Worcester district. Sutton Park Primary School Governing Body informed the Council they would not be tendering to continue to provide this service. Worcestershire County Council are now proposing to close the Early Years Specialist Language provision at Sutton Park Primary School and identify an alternative provider for the Wyre Forest District.

The County Council is proposing opening new provision at Batchley First School in Redditch and they asked for objections and comments on the proposal. An online survey about the proposal affecting Wyre Forest closed in July 2016.


  1. Worcestershire Viewpoint 2016

Worcestershire Viewpoint is the Citizens' Panel partnership between Worcestershire County Council, Worcester City Council, Malvern Hills, Wychavon and Wyre Forest District Councils, and the three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Worcestershire. This annual survey gives the opportunity to give your views about county-wide issues as well as more local ones. The 2016 Viewpoint survey closed on 10th June 2016.


  1. The future of Healthcare Services in Worcestershire

The three Clinical Commissioning Groups in Worcestershire conducted a survey about how money should be spent in the future.

The survey closed on 30th May 2016.


  1. Malvern Play Areas

Malvern Hills District Council conducted two surveys during spring 2016 about play areas.

The first survey was about Priory Park's play area and its redevelopment.

The second survey was about play parks becoming voluntary smoke-free zones.

Both surveys closed at the end of May 2016.


  1. Consultation about Worcestershire Children's Centres (bit.ly/1N1m1nX) and a consultation about Worcestershire Integrated 0-19 (Prevention) Services (bit.ly/1IByYZz) both closed on 29th January 2016.

Worcestershire County Council is going to commission a new service to support families with children/young people aged 0-19 years, bringing together a range of existing support services (eg: Health Visiting, Breastfeeding Support, School Health Service, Family Nurse Partnership (more intensive support for first time young mothers), and some Early Help support (including some of the support delivered through Children's Centres, Parenting support and Online information and advice)). The Council asked for views to help shape the new 0-19 prevention service.


  1. Under 5's Parent/Carer Survey

Healthwatch Worcestershire is an independent organisation that gives a voice to people who use health and social care services. They wanted to hear from parents/carers of children who were under 5 years old.

The survey closed at the start of January 2016.


  1. Mental health services for children and young people in Worcestershire

Healthwatch Worcestershire wanted to know what young people and parents thought about mental health services for children and young people in Worcestershire. The results will be used to influence future changes to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).


  1. Draft Health and Well-being Strategy and Consultation

The Strategy sets the context for commissioning of NHS, public health, social care and related children’s services - ie: this document influences where money will be spent in providing services.

The survey closed on December 4th 2015.


  1. Education consultations and reviews

Worcestershire County Council held consultations about schools and nursery provision during 2015. These were about:

- potential expansion of Red Hill CE Primary, Rushwick CE Primary and Wychbold First School (taking effect from September 2017)

- Remodelling existing State funded Early Years Specialist provision (affecting Fort Royal, Vale of Evesham, Wyre Forest Nursery, Chadsgrove and Batchley First schools).

- expansion of primary schools in Malvern

- proposals to cease the Autism Base at Sutton Park Primary School and

- a proposal to close the Nursery Plus provison at Franche Community Primary School.


  1. Wychavon District Council are developing their new strategy which sets out priorities for the next four years. In 2015 they asked for residents' feedback to help shape how they allocate people, time and money.


  1. The 2015 Worcestershire Viewpoint Survey closed on 12th June. This annual survey gives the opportunity to give your views about county-wide issues as well as more local ones.


  1. The county's three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) asked for views about the current Primary Care Mental Health Service. This was because they were redesigning the service. The survey closed on 31st May 2015.


  1. Healthwatch Worcestershire asked for opinions on the principles of Co-production and how it could work in Worcestershire.

This consultation closed in January 2015.


  1. Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board carried out a short Youth Safety survey for parents and carers of young people aged 13 - 19 years old. This closed at the end of 2014.


  1. Health Priorities

NHS South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (SWCCG) were seeking views about how to prioritise their budget.

SWCCG is responsible for commissioning and monitoring health services across south Worcestershire (including Droitwich, Evesham, Malvern, Pershore, Tenbury and Worcester).

A short online questionnaire was opened to help identify which services are the most important to people and should be protected the most. It was due to close on 23rd May 2014.

The results from the survey were expected to be available in July or August 2014.


  1. Bus Service Review

Worcestershire County Council held a consultation about the proposed withdrawal of subsidised bus services in Worcestershire.

The consultation closed on 17th January 2014.

On 6th February 2014 the County Council's Cabinet announced they would take more time to consider what action to take. There were 8,500 responses to the formal consultation;16 petitions containing 6,151 signatures were also received.

You can find further details in this news report. The Cabinet Agenda Item and Consultation Report can be found here.

The June 2014 revised network of services document details the final proposed changes to Worcestershire services.


  1. Future Lives

Future Lives concerns Adult Care and Health; it may be of interest to any parent whose teenager is making the transition to adult services.

You can find the council's Future Lives page here.


  1. Urgent Care in Worcestershire

This consultation closed on 9th April 2014.

A report on the feedback received during the consultation can be found at this link.


  1. Worcestershire Viewpoint

The Worcestershire Viewpoint survey regularly collects residents' views on a number of services across the county.

During November 2013 the Worcestershire Viewpoint survey included questions about the Children and Young People's Plan.

Another survey took place during May 2014.

Click here to visit the Viewpoint site to find out more and to find links to reports from previous surveys.

The report analysing responses to the 2014 survey can be found here.


Previous National Consultations

  1. Wraparound and Holiday Childcare

The Department for Education asked for views on draft departmental advice about how schools should respond to requests regarding wraparound and holiday childcare.

This consultation closed on 29th February 2016.

You can download the full outcome and Government guidance here: http://bit.ly/1REz1W6.


  1. Implementing the English Baccalaureate

The Department for Education wanted views about the government’s proposals on how to get at least 90% of pupils to take GCSEs in the EBacc subjects.

This consultation closed on 29th January 2016.

Feedback from the consultation responses is being analysed (August 2016).


  1. Teen Issues - a parent's perspective

Family Lives wanted to know what understanding parents have of the issues young people are facing with regards to relationships, sex and the digital age. Their short survey for parents to complete (just 11 questions) has now closed.


  1. Survey Content of the Survey of the Mental Health of Children and Young People (MHCYP) 2016

NatCen Social Research and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have been commissioned by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to carry out the Survey of the Mental Health of Children and Young People (MHCYP) 2016. They wanted views about the survey content for 2016.

This consultation closed on 5th January 2016.

You can download the report about the responses to the survey here: http://bit.ly/2aZUmK6. The most popular suggestion for new topics was online activity; the second most popular was bullying.


  1. GCSE and A-Level Reform: Geology, Politics and Physical Education

This consultation was about revised content for GCSE Physical Education and A-level Geology and Politics. It will affect the subject content from September 2017.

This consultation closed on 15th December 2015.

You can download the full outcome here: http://bit.ly/1WYukLl.


  1. Sense Play Survey

Sense wanted to identify whether young disabled children with multiple needs have enough opportunities to access play and whether there are any barriers to them doing so. Responses to their survey should be used in a report and used to inform campaigning on the issue.


  1. Further GCSE and A-Level Reform

This consultation was about reforming the subject content of 6 GCSE subjects (Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, Electronics, Film Studies, Media Studies and Statistics) and 9 A-level subjects (Accounting, Ancient History, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, Electronics, Film Studies, Law, Media Studies and Statistics).

This consultation closed on 5th November 2015.

You can download the full outcome here: http://bit.ly/1MAESbd.


  1. 4Children Children's Centre Survey

4Children wanted to find out what parents and carers think about the services they provide through children's centres and how they could improve them.


  1. Fever and Sepsis Assessment Measure survey

Plymouth University asked for parents whose child had had a fever to take part in a survey. This was about parents' experiences, communication between parents and GPs and parents' feelings about child services.


  1. Continuing Care for Children and Young People with Complex Needs

The Deparment of Health wanted views on the process for assessing, deciding and agreeing continuing care for children with complex health needs.

This consultation closed on 23rd October 2015.


  1. GCSE and A Level reform

This consultation was opened on 16th July and closed on 24th September 2015. The consultation was about reforming the subject content for various subjects at GCSE and A Level. The 7 GCSE subjects were Astronomy, Business, Economics, Engineering, Geology, Psychology and Sociology. The 5 A-level subjects were Design and Technology, Environmental Sciences, History of Art, Music Technology, Philosophy.


  1. Young Disabled children's Experiences of Early Education and Childcare

Contact a Family, Every Disabled Child Matters and the Family and Childcare Trust had a short survey to find out about family experiences of finding early education and childcare.

The survey closed in late September 2015.


  1. 2021 Census consultation

The Office for National Statistics is planning the 2021 Census in England and Wales. To inform their planning, they held a public consultation to decide which topics the census should cover.

  1. Cost of Providing Childcare Review

This consultation closed on 10th August 2015.


  1. GCSE and A Level reform - Religious Studies

This consultation closed on 29th December 2014.


  1. Adult Autism Statutory Guidance

The consultation closed on 19th December 2014. It was relevant to any parents of teenagers on the autistic spectrum (a chapter about provision of services as they move from children to adults was included).

118 responses were received. You can download the full outcome here.


  1. Review of mandatory qualifications for specialist teachers of children and young people with sensory impairment.

This call for evidence closed on 10th December 2014.


  • Improving children and young people's mental health services

This Department of Health consultation for professionals sought views on how mental health services could be improved for children and young people. It closed in December 2014.

You can read the main findings from the consultation and the proposals to improve mental healt here: http://bit.ly/2aZWx0k.

You can find more information about the Children and young people’s mental health and well-being taskforce here: bit.ly/1SrtcJS.

  1. Changes to the school admissions code

This consultation closed on 29th September 2014. It was about schools' possible prioritisation of admitting disadvantaged children and when summer born children start school.

There were 444 responses to this consultation (including one from Worcestershire County Council). You can find the government response to this consultation (including a summary of all the responses received) here.


  1. In July 2014 a year-long independent inquiry was launched exploring the extra costs that disabled people and families with disabled children face in England and Wales. The Extra Costs Commission, chaired by Robin Hindle Fisher, called for evidence from parents of children with disabilities (and adults with a disability) about their experiences of extra costs and how extra costs affect their life and financial situation.


  1. GCSE and A level reform

This consultation closed on 19th September 2014. The consultation was about reformed subject content for various subjects at GCSE and A Level: art and design, computer science, dance, music, physical education, ancient languages, mathematics, further mathematics and modern foreign languages.

You can find the government response and documents relating to the closed consultation here.


  1. The Mental Health Act code of practice

This Department of Health consultation closed on 12th September 2014. It asked for views about a new draft Code with a significantly updated chapter on how to support children and young people.

Feedback is being analysed; you can find the draft code and all the documents relating to the closed consultation here.

The new Code of Practice will come into force on 1st April 2015.


  1. The Early years pupil premium and funding for 2 year olds

The consultation was about
- the introduction of an early years pupil premium for all disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-olds in April 2015 and
- moving to participation funding for the early education entitlement for 2-year-olds in the financial year 2015 to 2016

The consultation closed on 22nd August 2014.

There were 461 responses to this consultation (including one from Worcestershire County Council). You can find the government response to this consultation (including a summary of all the responses received) here.


  1. Proposed new Independent School Standards

This consultation closed on 18th August 2014. Feedback is being analysed.


  1. Call for evidence by the House of Lords Select Committee on Affordable childcare. The deadline for written submissions was 15th August 2014 and the Committee will report its findings by 5th March 2015. It is focussing on childcare for children of pre-school age (0 - 5 years).

The Family and Childcare Trust also carried out a survey about out-of-school childcare.


  1. Setting the 2020 persistent child poverty target

This consultation closed on 14th August 2014.

There were 39 written responses to this consultation. You can find the government response to this consultation (including a summary of responses received) here.


  1. National Curriculum Reform (England): key stage 4 science

This consultation closed on 23rd July 2014.

The Department for Education held a consultation about a draft programme of study for key stage 4 science (ie: GCSE level).


  1. Home to School Travel

This consultation closed on 3rd June 2014.

The Department for Education proposed introducing new guidance to reflect the schools system that has developed; current guidance was published in 2007. The aim of the proposed new guidance was to allow local authorities greater freedom in developing transport policies for their area. The guidance also set out a recommended appeals process.


  1. Child Poverty Strategy 2014 - 2017

The consultation closed on 22nd May 2014.

The Government wanted to know what more could be done to end child poverty. This Department for Education consultation asked for views on the draft strategy, which set out what action was planned from 2014 to 2017 to tackle child poverty.

The Child Poverty Strategy 2014 to 2017 document was published on 26th June 2014.


  1. Childminder Agencies and changes to the local authority role

This consultation closed on 22nd May 2014.

The Department for Education held a consultation about childminder agencies and changes to the local authority role. The site said: "We are consulting on changes to the provision of early education and childcare as a result of measures in the Children and Families Act 2014."

Under Visions and Aims it said that the Government wants to make more great childcare available; that setting up childminder agencies will encourage more people to take up childminding, give greater support to childminders and give parents more choice.


  1. Revision to the SEN and Disability Code of Practice 0 - 25 years

This Department for Education consultation was open for three weeks and closed on 6th May 2014.

The new SEND Code of Practice was published on 11th June 2014, passed by both Houses of Parliament on 29th July and came into force on 1st September 2014.


  1. Fairer Schools Funding

This consultation closed on 30th April 2014.

The Government response can be found here.

Another consultation about the schools funding formula was held in March/April 2016; feedback is being analysed (August 2016).


  1. Revised Standards for Food in Schools

This consultation closed on 16th April 2014.

The new Standards for School Food in England document was published in June 2014; the revised standards came into effect on 1st January 2015.


  1. Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions

This consultation closed on 14th March 2014. In September 2014, a new duty came into force on governing bodies to make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions.

The Statutory Guidance was published when the duty came into effect on 1st September 2014. You can download the current document here: http://bit.ly/1r6tZVd.