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What are Parliamentary Inquiries and Consultations?

Before new laws or policies are introduced, it is common for parliamentary inquiries and consultations to be launched. The purpose of these inquiries and consultations is to gather evidence from expert groups and organisations which will inform the decision making process.

As a leading children’s rights charity, it is our job to respond to any relevant parliamentary inquiries that are looking to make changes that will impact the care-experienced children, young people and vulnerable adults that we support.

Submitting Industry Leading Evidence

The type of evidence NYAS submits depends on the parliamentary inquiry or consultation itself. We endeavour to submit the type of evidence that will be of the most benefit to policy makers whilst they are making key decisions about the lives of care-experienced children and young people.

Sometimes, our submissions centre around the lived experiences of the care-experienced children and young people we support if they give their permission for us to share their stories. On other occasions, we will choose to use information from one of the NYAS research projects we have carried out for a research series or campaign.

Parliamentary Inquiries for Positive Change

As a care-experienced child or young person, how does it help you if NYAS responds to parliamentary inquiries and consultations?

As a leading children’s rights charity, we speak to and support over 10,000 children and young people every year. This means that we have a lot of experiences and insight to share which will be beneficial for those making decisions that will affect care experienced children and young people.

Quite simply, we wouldn’t be doing our job well on behalf of the thousands of young people we support every year if we did not contribute to these parliamentary inquiries. If we just sat on our expertise without sharing it, we would be doing them a disservice.

Previous Submissions

Winter 2021

February 2022 - Mental Health Inequalities - Senedd Health and Social Care Committee – Wales Only
NYAS Output – Written evidence

January 2022 – Cross-border placements of children and young people into residential care in Scotland– Children and Families Directorate – England and Wales
NYAS Output – Written evidence
Consultation outcome – Updated proposal summary

January 2022 - Nationality and Borders Bill: NYAS Cymru letter to Committee Chairs – Health and Social Care and Children’s Committee – Wales Only
NYAS Output – Written evidence / Blog Summary
Consultation outcome – Legislative Consent Memorandum

Autumn 2021

November 2021 – ‘Call for Ideas’ - Independent Review of Children’s Social Care – England Only  
NYAS Output – Written evidence / Blog Summary

November 2021 – Call for Evidence Submission: Commission on Young Lives - Commission on Young Lives – England-only 
NYAS Output – Written evidence / Blog Summary

October 2021 - Consultation on the removal of eligible care leavers liability for payment of council tax - Wales Only
NYAS Output – Written evidence
Consultation outcome – Written Statement (English/Welsh) / Summary of responses (English/Welsh)

September 2021 – Government Consultation Survey - British Institute of Human Rights – England and Wales
NYAS Output - Written Evidence

 

Summer 2021

August 2021 – ‘Case for Change’ – Independent Review of Children’s Social Care – England Only 
NYAS Output - Written Evidence / Blog Summary
Consultation outcome – Case for Change feedback

July 2021 - Introducing national standards for unregulated provision – Department for Education – England Only 
NYAS Output - Blog Summary
Consultation outcome – Department for Education consultation response  / Analytical report / Young people’s views

June 2021 – UNCRC Day of General Discussion – United Nations – England and Wales 
NYAS Output - Blog Summary
Consultation outcome – Summary page

 

Spring 2021

April 2021 – Mental Health Act Reform – Department of Health and Social Care - England and Wales 
NYAS Output - Written evidence / Blog Summary
Consultation outcome –   Government response

March 2021 – ‘Call for Evidence’ – Independent Review of Children’s Social Care – England Only 
NYAS Output - Written Evidence / Blog Summary
Consultation outcome – Supporting evidence

March 2021 – Draft Children’s Rights Scheme 2021 – Welsh Government - Wales Only 
Consultation outcome – Summary of responses

 

Winter 2020/2021

January 2021 – ‘Call for Advice’ – Independent Review of Children’s Social Care – England Only 
NYAS Output - Written evidence / Blog summary
Consultation outcome – Early Findings from the ‘Call for Advice’ / Supporting Evidence

 

Summer 2020

June 2020 - The impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services – Education Select Committee – England Only 
NYAS Output - Written evidence / Blog summary
Consultation outcome – Written evidence / Oral evidence transcripts / Correspondence

 

Spring 2020

April 2020 – Unregulated provision – Department for Education – England Only 
NYAS Output - Written evidence / Blog summary
Consultation outcome –  Government consultation response / Consultation analysis

 

Summer 2019

June 2019 - Mental Health of Men and Boys – Women and Equalities Committee – England and Wales 
NYAS Output - Written Evidence / Blog summary
Consultation outcome – Correspondence

 

Spring 2019

April 2019 – Runaway and Missing Children and Adults – All-Party Parliamentary Group – England Only 
NYAS Output - Written evidence / Blog summary
Consultation outcome – ‘No Place at Home ’ report

Looking For Help?

NYAS are always available to support care experienced children and young people. This includes providing supporting evidence for any parliamentary inquiries they bring to our attention, or they want to raise themselves. 

If you are a care experienced child or young person, or you’re working with someone who is, NYAS can support you with the following:

  • Responding to a specific parliamentary inquiry or consultation
  • Responding to an inquiry or consultation you are writing by yourself
  • Addressing any thoughts or questions about past or upcoming inquiries or consultations
  • Listening to your own personal experiences so we can include your story within a submission

For any of the situations above, or if you want to discuss our submissions to parliamentary inquiries and consultations, you can email policy@nyas.net

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Got More Questions?

If you have further questions about our parliamentary enquiries and consultations, get in touch with our Policy and Research team.

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