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Schools fail to plan adequate care for children with diabetes

More than one in three parents and carers of children with Type 1 diabetes say their children’s school has not planned adequately or at all to clearly set out the support needed for their child at school to help manage their condition, according to an investigation by Diabetes UK

Read the full story on the Teaching Times website


20th Mar 2014

Landmark Children and Families Act 2014 gains royal assent

The new Children and Families Act - given royal assent today - will mean changes to the law to give greater protection to vulnerable children, better support for children whose parents are separating, a new system to help children with special educational needs and disabilities, and help for parents to balance work and family life.

Read the full Press Release here.

13th Mar 2014

Disappointment as disabled tenants lose bedroom tax challenge at court of appeal

On 21 February, the court of appeal delivered its verdict on a challenge to the bedroom tax on the grounds that it unfairly discriminated against disabled people.

The disabled people involved in the case had argued that housing benefit rules known as the bedroom tax unlawfully discriminate against people with disabilities. However the court of appeal has upheld an earlier High Court ruling that whilst the rules are discriminatory, this discrimination was justified and therefore lawful.

5th Mar 2014

New report on challenges facing mixed raced children and young people in the UK today

A new report published today by leading children's charity the National Children's Bureau highlights the challenges that children and young people from mixed race backgrounds face as the country's fastest growing minority ethnic group.

26th Feb 2014

Catering Course at St. Johns College, Cambridge

This one year entry level course, could lead to a further two years study, and gives people with a learning disability the chance to study for a nationally recognised qualification, possibly as the first step towards a career in catering or hospitality. The course is run at St John’s College, Cambridge as a partnership between Eddie's, Huntingdonshire Regional College and St John’s College, Cambridge. The course covers a range of basic catering and hospitality skills, providing those who take part with:

19th Feb 2014

Draft emotional well-being and mental health strategy for children and young people in Cambridgeshire 2014-16

Cambridgeshire County Council has just published the draft emotional well-being and mental health strategy for children and young people in Cambridgeshire for 2014-16. 

The document outlines the proposed strategic priorities for promoting and improving emotional wellbeing and mental health for children and young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. 

The County Council would like to hear your views on the following questions:

17th Feb 2014

Cambridgeshire Mencap has a new name

As of Monday the 3 February 2014

  • Cambridgeshire Mencap has been renamed as The Edmund Trust and will continue to provide a range of supported living, domiciliary and respite services for people with learning disabilities.
  • Cambridgeshire Mencap in the Community has been renamed as Eddie’s and will continue to offer a diverse range of community based services and activities for people with learning disabilities.
12th Feb 2014

Preparing for Adulthood team launch new on-line forum

The Preparing for Adulthood team has launched a new online forum. Each week they will look at an element of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms and consider how it interacts with the reforms as a whole to create positive outcomes for young people with SEN and disabled young people. Find out more about the Forum here.


7th Feb 2014

pinpoint to be temporarily hosted by Children’s Links

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Thank you for all the ongoing messages of support that we have received.

We are delighted that an arrangement has been put into place for pinpoint to be temporarily hosted by Children’s Links and we are very grateful for the support of Children’s Links and the Commissioners and appreciative of all the work which has gone into making these arrangements.

20th Jan 2014

Update on pinpoint status

Happy New Year from pinpoint! Here is an update on our current status:

8th Jan 2014