Presentation on theme: "Support and Aspiration in Calderdale SEND Pathfinder Programme"— Presentation transcript:
1 Support and Aspiration in Calderdale SEND Pathfinder Programme Phil Brayshaw – Programme Manager for Disabled Children(NHS Calderdale)Chris Easton – Chief Executive(Calderdale Parents and Carers)
2 The Calderdale Approach If both personalisation and resilience training had been available to our family earlier it would have saved a lot of toil, sweat and tears as well as financial expense. If every family could have that positive start, what a difference that would make to our children’s lives.We set out to:Develop an approach that is family ledThink about families in a genuinely holistic way, hearing their storyCreate a plan that is first and foremost about identifying children and families aspirationsStreamline assessment looking at how the single plan can join processes togetherHelp families think positively about their child’s future
3 The Calderdale Approach Underpinned by:Raising families’ goals and aspirationsBuilding natural family strength and resilienceBuilding family networksSolid person centred principlesStrong partnershipsEarly intervention
4 Families need to be ready to make change We need to help families understand our ambition whilst raising awareness of some of the constraints that exist?We have to give families good information if we are to promote choice.We need to change the dynamic of assessment.We need to look at the whole piece taking into account the resources families bring.
5 Changing Conversations Service led culture has led to a culture of battle amongst some families campaigning for more serviceNeed to change the conversation to focus on family outcomesWe often talk about service culture, we also need to challenge families to look at services and support in a different way
6 Developing a Single Plan consistent with the approach The Single Plan will:Help everybody to see the child as a member of a family and a community…with their own aspirations…and help everybody work towards a single goal which are the aspirations of the child and familyA clear idea of where we are goingA set of values and beliefsA commitment in person centred approachesEnthusiastic professionals and managersLocal and national supportThe involvement of Children, young people and families
7 Preparing for the Single Plan – what we have done? Five Sessions of Group workPragmatic a number of plans in a short amount of timeFamilies learn from each other – give people a bit more than a piece of paper, share information and resources and ideas. Start building community.Community Mapping…If you had an emergency who would you call and how long would it take them to get there? How many people could you call who would get there in ten minutes?Strength of natural resource.
8 The Single Plan – Where are we now? The right foundationsWhat are your goals and aspirations?What is working and not working?What are the resources? – family, friends, community…different for everyoneThe right questions and the right information…How can childcare, schools and education services contribute – what support does the child need to learn and achieve?What input is needed from health services – universal – specifics around specialist services such as equipment, wheelchairs and therapies?Does this child or family need support from social care?Building on the right principlesFamilies are at the centre from the beginningLife outcomes before resourcesShared ownership – social inclusion is families, communities, schools, health and everybody else.Combined creativity and resources of everyone involved to best effect.Less silly questions, less intrusion and less irrelevance
9 How will it work? and What difference will it make? I have enjoyed talking about my little girl in a positive way and thinking about the future.I have used the things I have learnt to make some changes and this has helped me feel more in controlUnderpins all future supportThe single plan is centrally held and the families copy is updated.Professionals read what is there – ask nothing that has been asked – any further questions add valueIdentifies the support neededUses all of the available resources
10 What will happen next…We will have meetings for the families we have worked with to look at how we move their plans onThe families can invite who want to be there - they can as well as the people that need to be there.Professionals will meet to help think about what will it take to meet the families outcomesAnd we will work with more families to build on the learning… having made some changes
11 Elephants, Challenges and Next Steps Children can’t be supported effectively as service users, patients or pupilsHow do we shift from priorities at a service/agency level and start focusing on whole child priorities?Specific accountabilities and responsibilities can make a whole child approach complex.
12 Elephants, Challenges and Next Steps Assessment must be a tool to help families achieve, best lives not solely as a mechanism to manage resource, mitigate risk or tackle crisisFor the ‘Calderdale Approach’ to work, it must be strategically embedded and drivenWe need to make sure we don’t make discussions complicated where there is a simple solutionThe voluntary sector has had a big role in Calderdale.This has confirmed to me that parents need to be invested in at grass roots level in order to become more resilient and embark on a journey of meaningful participation in their communities
13 Elephants, Challenges and Next Steps This is a long term change that won’t happen overnight – we need to make immediate change, but keep our eye firmly on the big pictureCritically we need to focus on life outcomes, not health, education or social care outcomes
14 Further informationPlease contact Kelly Griffiths