In order to carry on improving the quality of teaching and provision of children’s services, the Department for Education has published a series of research guides to give professionals the opportunity to discuss what areas need to be overhauled. As well as stimulating debate, any information used could be used as research to influence policy.

The collection of papers include adoption, children in care, early education and childcare, social work and child protection. To take part in the research, access the documents at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/research-priorities-for-education-and-childrens-services#documents  

Alongside these DfE guides, the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) has produced a series of health guides for parents and carers, covering a range of medical and health conditions.

There is a total of 14 publications, written by specialists within each field and some have been produced with the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group.They include Ageing and its Consequences, Depression, Gastrointestinal Problems in Children, Sexual Health, Eye Problems and Diabetes, They can be downloaded at www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/information/for-familiescarers/health-series.html