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Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) Reforms

The Children and Families Act became law in March 2014 and is changing the way in which children and young people with disabilities will receive services. All local authorities had to start implementing these changes in September 2014.

We, as parent carer members of Southwark Parent Carer Council (PCC), have been involved in the changes by attending events and taking part in parent carer consultations by the Department for Education and Southwark Council.

We have also attended Pathfinder Council events to learn the best practice in other boroughs. Around 12 parent carers have also been parent reps on workstreams run by Southwark Council on how best to implement the new SEND reforms.

We continue to work with Southwark Council – both education and social services departments – on the SEND reforms and other issues.

 

Please also check our News and Events pages for latest developments and events

Read our latest newsletters – Parents’ Voices, which have more information on the recent SEND reforms.

Click here to see Southwark Council’s Local Offer website – this has just been launched and we’re hoping to see a lot of improvements and more information on there in the future – please send any comments to the email address supplied there, as Southwark Council must develop the Local Offer in response to parents/carers and children/young people’s views.

What are the SEND Reforms?

The SEND reforms are meant to bring a more family-friendly approach for our children and young people, and which should join up support across Education, Health and Care for those with disabilities from age 0 to 25 years. The reforms also put families at the centre of decision-making. Co-production is the word being used for a new person-centred approach of families and service providers ‘working together’. The aspirations and outcomes of the child and young person are paramount.

The main changes are:

  • Statements of SEN are being replaced by Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans and will available up to the age of 25.
  • The local authority must publish and provide a ‘Local Offer’ of all services for children and young people with disabilities.
  • Service providers and schools must also publish their ‘SEN Information’.
  • Some families are entitled to a Personal Budget, which can be a combined social care, education, and health budget, and will also have more control over how the budget is spent.
  • Personalisation is about making EHC plans and any support plan focus on outcomes and aspirations of the child or young person. It should bring a positive, family-centred approach, and give families more control over decisions about their families.

We would really appreciate any parent/carer comments about their experience of the SEND reforms and changes to the way they are receiving services – good/bad. If you have received an EHC Plan and would like to give feedback on how you found the process, please email us.

The Children and Families Act became law in March 2014 and is changing the way in which children and young people with disabilities will receive services. All local authorities had to start implementing these changes in September 2014.

We, as parent carer members of Southwark Parent Carer Council (PCC), have been involved in the changes by attending events and taking part in parent carer consultations by the Department for Education and Southwark Council.

We have also attended Pathfinder Council events to learn the best practice in other boroughs. Around 12 parent carers have also been parent reps on workstreams run by Southwark Council on how best to implement the new SEND reforms.

We continue to work with Southwark Council – both education and social services departments – on the SEND reforms and other issues

Parent carer members of the PCC, as well as other parents, have been having their say on the new services.

There are around 12 parent carers who have attended Southwark Council’s workstreams and Programme Board on the SEND reforms

The workstreams were:

  • Developing the Local Offer: with existing and new service providers and making it ready for those with Personal Budgets.
  • The Integrated Pathway: ensuring continuity of planning and support around services, with particular focus on children and young adults with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and a Learning Disability.
  • The new assessment process of the Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.
  • Personalisation and Personal Budgets
  • Preparation for Adulthood (this workstream is ongoing)

The PCC has also held information events and attended parent carer consultations led by Southwark Council. You can have your say on the reforms at any upcoming parent carer consultations – check our Events pages.

You can also fill in Southwark Council’s online survey. Complete the survey on SEND Reforms parents’ views. It is a short survey and will not take very long to complete mainly tick boxes.

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