Presentation on theme: "By Gareth D Morewood Director of Curriculum Support"— Presentation transcript:
1 Creating strong links between schools and SEN professionals in multi-agency teams ByGareth D MorewoodDirector of Curriculum SupportPriestnall School, Stockport14th September 2010
2 What is going to happen?Give you a context where positive multi-agency working has recorded some successHighlight some of the barriers that need to be challengedOffer some ideas on how to develop further effective partnerships
3 Background My own journey My current context Ranges of needs Structure of Curriculum SupportProvision & Access MapSupporting students in mainstream schools – working in partnership
4 Distributing leadership and responsibility... Strand Manager positionsStrength in-depthCreating strong and sustainable linksProviding pro-active support as part of a whole-school responseEnsuring corporate responsibility
5 Does Every Child Matter? Being HealthyStaying SafeEnjoying and AchievingMaking a Positive ContributionEconomic Wellbeing
6 Evidence from where… Success of the young people Parent/carer feedback Student’s own views and thoughtsViews of other professionalsOFSTEDSEF and own monitoring and evaluation
7 Why work in partnership? There are many well documented reports on outcomes of partnerships and collaborations in supporting vulnerable young people.Think about your setting – why does a partnership give you higher chances of positive outcomes?
8 What are the reasons for working together What are the reasons for working together? Why do we need to work together?Often a lack of information sharing across agencies and servicesDuplicated assessments to identify needs and subsequent provisionPoorly co-ordinated integrated activities across agenciesToo much ‘buck passing’ and referring on of clients between agenciesLack of continuity and inconsistent levels of service provisionUnclear accountabilityRita Cheminais, 2009
9 There are now requirements... The Children Act (2004) requires Local Authorities (LAs) to:identify the needs, circumstances and aspirations of children and young people,agree the contribution each agency will make to meeting the Every Child Matters outcomes,improve information sharing between agencies,oversee arrangements for agencies to work collaboratively in the commissioning, delivery and integration of services.
10 So, where to start?What are the six most important aspects of working in partnership?Look at the 12 statements.Choose 9.Prioritise in the ‘diamond nine’ template.Then choose the ‘top 6’...what are they?Rita Cheminais, 2009
11 STATEMENTS – choose 9, and prioritise.... A. Taking part in joint activities and projects B. Views being listened to by others C. Able to effect change D. Knowing contributions are valued E. Sharing decision-making F. Finding solutions to problems in partnership with others G. Being respected by other practitioners H. Sharing ideas, knowledge and expertise with other practitioners I. Participating in regular inter-professional training J. Understanding different practitioners roles and responsibilities K. Having an agreed vision, aims and objectives L. Helping to remove children and young people’s barriers to learning
13 Team Around the Child... The function of the TAC includes: reviewing and agreeing information shared through CAFplanning and agreeing actions with timescalesidentifying solutions, allocating tasks and appropriate resourcesagreeing the Lead Professionalmonitoring and reviewing outcomes with timescalesreporting, as required, to other review meetings or resource panelsidentifying gaps and informing planning and commissioning
14 Underlying Principles of the Team Around the Child Process and Meetings The child’s needs must come first;The family should always be present at a Team Around the Child Meeting;Meetings follow the same format;Proformas are provided so plans are clear, understandable and provide consistency;The child’s welfare is everyone’s responsibility;All organisations must work together;The parents’ or carers’ rights must be considered.
15 Help? Some useful documents... Parents guide -Stockport Common Processes Website –http://www.stockport.gov.uk/services/cypd/childrenssocialcareandsafeguarding/commonprocesses3/
16 Stockport Common Processes Leaflet DCSF – CAF web pages
19 Away from process and TAC/CIN...how about the reality? Back to our 6 most important benefits of multi-agency working.Do they reflect the ECM agenda?Should they?
20 Be healthy physically healthy mentally and emotionally healthy sexually healthyhealthy lifestyleschoose not to take illegal drugs
21 Stay safesafe from maltreatment, neglect, violence and sexual exploitationsafe from accidental injury and deathsafe from bullying and discriminationsafe from crime and anti-social behaviour in and out of schoolhave security, stability and are cared for
22 Enjoy and achieve ready for school achieve personal and social developmentattend and enjoy schoolachieve stretching national educational standards at primary school enjoy recreationachieve stretching national educational standards at secondary school
23 Make a positive contribution engage in decision-making and support the community and environmentdevelop positive relationships and choose not to bully and discriminateengage in law-abiding and positive behaviour in and out of schooldevelop self-confidence and successfully deal with significant life changes and challengesdevelop enterprising behaviour
24 Achieve economic well-being engage in further education, employment or trainingaccess to transport and material goods on leaving schoollive in households free from low incomeready for employmentlive in decent homes and sustainable communities
27 It is important to evaluate and reflect... It is important to evaluate the impact of any partnership.Safeguarding vulnerable young people needs to be the main priority.Fight for better outcomes, if necessary.
28 Reflecting – building capacity... Gibbs' model of reflection (1988)
29 So back to Lewis – time to reflect ... your thoughts?
30 So what makes good practice? Where are strengths?How can we ensure good working relationships?How can you establish/strengthen your partnerships?Analyse yourself...
31 And finally....Working with different agencies can and should provide the best way forward for some of our most vulnerable young people. Unfortunately it is sometimes the SENCo, or other educational staff who have to take the lead to get things moving. Being knowledgeable and empowered is our greatest asset. Being able to advocate strongly and support in an uncompromising manner is our greatest ally.