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Children & Families Service Policy Website Mark Grady Principal Policy Officer Children & Enterprise Directorate
Children & Families Service Policy Website Online procedures for Halton covering the full spectrum of the Halton Levels of Need Framework, including Early Intervention, assessments, CART and Children in Care Site links closely to the new Pan-Cheshire Procedures site for Halton, where key information on Child Protection processes across all agencies can be accessed The website is intended to be a live resource that will grow over time
SEND Reforms Event Briefings for Social Care Staff Pam Beaumont Project Officer SEND Reforms Debbie Houghton Principal Policy Officer Tracy Ryan Policy Officer Children & Enterprise Directorate
To raise awareness of key legislative changes To understand the implications for specific services To share Halton’s approach for implementing the SEND Reforms To participate in case studies & share good practice in the workshop activity To demonstrate the SEND Local Offer for Halton Aims & Objectives
SEND Reforms Key Messages Working Together Mediation Advocacy Streamlined Assessments Happy & Fulfilled Lives Aspirations & Better Outcomes Personal Budgets Employment Informed Planning of Services Joint Commissioning Participation Person- Centred Positive Wellbeing Disagreement Resolution Early Help Cultural Change SEND Reforms Key Messages
Children and Families Act 2014 : Overview New requirement for LAs, health and social care services to commission services jointly for SEN and disability LAs to publish a clear, transparent ‘local offer’ of services More streamlined assessment process, co-ordinated across education, health and care New 0-25 Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans for those with more complex needs New statutory protections for young people aged in FE A new duty on health commissioners to deliver the agreed health elements of EHC plans The option of a personal budget for families and young people with an EHC plan
We want children and young people with special needs and disabilities to: Have high aspirations & a focus on outcomes Achieve well in their early years, at school and college, and transition smoothly into adult life; Find meaningful employment; Lead happy and fulfilled lives; Have choice and control over the support they receive. We want children and young people with special needs and disabilities to: Have high aspirations & a focus on outcomes Achieve well in their early years, at school and college, and transition smoothly into adult life; Find meaningful employment; Lead happy and fulfilled lives; Have choice and control over the support they receive. What we want to achieve
What is an Education, Health & Care (EHC) Plan? An EHC plan is a statutory document with a legal duty on education and health support, it should be: Clear, concise, readable and accessible to parents, children, young people and professionals Specific about Special Educational Needs, outcomes, health and care provision needed, with clearly identified sections Mindful of key transition points and be portable Person-centred putting children, families and young people at the heart of the process Issued within a maximum of 20 weeks from initial request, assessment and planning Co-ordinated between education, health and social care services with joint agreement on key outcomes
EHC Plan: Eligibility Criteria From 1 st September ‘14 under the SEND Reforms, the definition of SEN has not changed Education is the key driver for an EHC Plan An EHC needs assessment may be triggered if a child or young person has learning difficulty or disability which requires special educational provision to be made for them A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they: Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 settings
The main legal duties on schools will not change, from 1 st September they will need to: use their ‘best endeavours’ to meet pupils’ SEND. Schools no longer have to record pupils as ‘school action’ or ‘school action plus’ inform parents when pupils receive support for special educational needs & involve them in reviews of progress Schools Post-16 settings Further Education colleges, Sixth Form colleges and approved Independent Specialist Providers will be under new legal duties from September 2014 Extends comparable rights and protections for young people aged in further education as to those found for children/their parents in school Should use ‘best endeavours’ for all young people (up to the age of 25) with SEND, regardless of whether or not they have an EHC plan
Preparing for Adulthood A single system from 0-25 for EHC plans, removing the current ‘cliff edge’ at 16; Focus on outcomes and preparing for adulthood – employment, health, independent living and community inclusion Local authorities to involve training providers when reviewing their special educational provision and developing their local offer Role for local authorities in commissioning post-16 provision, to deliver outcomes for young people, including supported internships, study programmes and specialist provision Young people with EHC plans can remain in the SEN system between age 19 and 25, where the extra time will allow them to consolidate their learning
Social Care The SEND Reforms will allow a more joined up assessment process for children and young people with SEND, across education, health and social care The majority of children and young people’s needs will still be met by: – Commissioned services – Occupational Therapy services – Short Breaks – Access to information via Charities The locality-based Early Intervention Teams will still undertake CAF’s Children’s Social Care will still undertake single assessments EHC Plan reviews should be synchronised with social care statutory reviews and must always meet the needs of the individual child
If you are working with a child and still involved at the time of the conversion to an EHC Plan you will be asked to contribute to the process Health or social care may be treated as Special Educational provision in an EHC Plan if it is reasonably required by the child or young person to support their education in school and/or training, for example o Where a child requires support with feeding o for an escort getting to/from school due to their behaviour Conversions from SEN Statement and Learning Difficulty Assessments will take place over a 3 year period on a phased basis o A step down process would need to considered for any child or young person whose SEN Statement wasn’t converted to an EHC Plan - eligibility criteria not met Social Care, EHC Plan & Conversions
Triggering an EHC Assessment “ anyone else can bring a child or YP who has or may have SEN to the attention of the LA & may need EHC assessment – e.g. foster carers, health/social care professionals, early years practitioners, youth offending teams, those responsible for education in custody, school or college staff or a family friend…..” Only 1-2% of children and young people overall with the most complex needs will require an EHC Plan Currently around 15 children/young people known to social care – Early Intervention is key – Robust School Offer – Needs engagement from parents, carers and young people – Diverse range of services in place – must emphasise universal services
This can include any services assessed under a CAF and/or under S17 or S47 of the Children Act 1989 This can include services for parents/carers which will support the child’s outcomes, such as access to short breaks or respite provision The introduction of the EHC plan does not affect a local authority’s duties to provide social care services to disabled children and young people. Children’s Social Care will still have a key role in providing practical assistance to disabled children and young people under the Chronically Sick & Disabled Persons Act to enable then to access education, recreational facilities, holidays etc must be included in the EHC Plan for child or young person under 18 For example: A single parent needs two people to safely hoist a child and has no one to assist them A disabled child with challenging behaviour may be so challenging that one parent cannot safely manage, and safety cannot be achieved with aids and adaptations nor behaviour modification The parent has a broken leg or is pregnant and cannot lift the child and does not have a partner or another friend or family member who can provide temporary assistance Children over 16 years old, where a young person wants to be cared for by the same gender and this cannot be facilitated in the family or friendship networks Social Care
We need to ensure that education, health, care are co-ordinated effectively within the process of care and pathway planning to avoid duplication and delay for looked after children and care leavers Will require liaising with Virtual School Head & relevant staff Assessments and Termly PEPs may identify a child’s potential SEN Independent Reviewing Managers may also make recommendations following a statutory CiC Review CiCOLA - an EHC assessment MUST be carried out by the authority where the child lives i.e. ordinarily resident If disagreement arises, the LA that looks after the child will act as the corporate parent in any disagreement resolution Co-ordination of reviews/meetings: Children in Care
CiN/Child Protection Process Under S17 where a child is subject to a Child Protection or a CiC, the legislative framework hasn’t changed If during this process the Social Worker identifies that they are working with a child or young person who: may have SEND they need to know how to trigger an assessment has an existing EHC Plan - liaison with the Assessment Co-ordinator is key to ensure the current EHC Plan is shared for relevant information that may be required for social care statutory reviews
Personal Budgets As part of our local offer, we have set out a co- produced local policy for personal budgets. It focuses on short breaks Continuing care Education top-up funding will be explored further
So what is Changing?
Halton SEND Partnership Service (Formerly Parent Partnership): SEND Partnership Officer Sharon Spruce Independent Supporters: New role – to support parents and young people through the statutory process Additional advice and support through various organisations and charities Mediation must be considered before SEND tribunal. To find out more about mediation services contact Halton SEND Partnership. Support, Advice and Information
What is Independent Support? A 2-year programme to provide additional support to young people and parents during the implementation of the SEND reforms Independent Support is Government funded CDC have commissioned organisations to provide Independent Support locally. (Barnados / PSS ) Halton SEND Partnership will have trained IS who will work in collaboration with local provider PSS
What happens locally? Locally, the IS service will: Work directly with a range of partners, including Halton SEND Partnership Assess local need in consultation with local partners Complement local provision and add value Retain appropriate independence
Education, Health & Care Plan Eileen O’Brien Specialist Teacher Enhanced Provision Children & Enterprise Directorate
Halton’s Template: Education, Health & Care Plan Please look at the copy of the Education, Health & Care Plan provided in your packs.
Education, Health and Care Plans EHC plans should: Establish and record the views, interests and aspirations of the parents and child or young person Provide a full description of the child or young person’s special educational needs and any health and social care needs Establish outcomes across education, health and social care based on the child or young person’s needs and aspirations Specify the provision required and how education, health and care services will work together to meet the child or young person’s needs and support the achievement of the agreed outcomes.
The EHC Assessment and Planning Process should: Focus on the child or young person as an individual Enable children and young people and their parents to express their views, wishes and feelings Be easy for children, young people and their parents or carers to understand, and use clear ordinary language and images, rather than professional jargon Highlight the child or young person’s strengths and capabilities
Tea/Coffee Break (15 mins)
SEND Local Offer for Halton Debbie Houghton Principal Policy Officer Tracy Ryan Policy Officer Children & Enterprise Directorate
SEND Local Offer requirements The SEND Local Offer describes Education, Health and Social Care provision for children and young people aged 0-25 years Information is clear, comprehensive and accessible It is not a directory – it will be responsive to local needs, involving Children, Young People and parents in development and review
Halton SEND Local Offer process Task and Finish Group established Consultation and training - partners, council staff, parents, schools and young people Website launched 1 st September 2014, however site will continue to grow and develop
An online feedback form https://www.halton.gov.uk/question naire/localoffer.htm https://www.halton.gov.uk/question naire/localoffer.htm
Case Study 1 - Tom Q1. What are the main considerations that you would be looking at within Liam’s case and how might they relate to an Education, Health & Care Plan now or in the future?
Case Study 2 – Sarah & Jenny Q1. Considering the information you have about the SEND Reform Programme, comment on what is likely to happen with Sarah’s Statement of Special Educational needs & why? Q2. Mum has also noticed that Jenny’s behaviour has become more challenging. Does this mean that Jenny has SEN? Would Jenny qualify for an Education, Health & Care Plan?
Social Care Protocols (in pack) Social Care input into the EHC Review Process Social Care Participation in SEN mtgs Disagreement Resolution and Mediation – social care focus Complaints procedures – social care focus Requesting assessments from social care to inform EHC process Pre-assessment enquiries from social care
Where can I find out more? for: Latest information packs from the pathfinders, including case studies, video clips and links to useful materials e.g. Nottingham EHC animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU2puyxuQz0&list=FLphppjsuJ3xYrXknsSBY GIw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU2puyxuQz0&list=FLphppjsuJ3xYrXknsSBY GIw Pathfinder evaluation reports Information about the Delivery Partners who are supporting the reforms and can offer help and advice For regular updates, sign up to receive CDC’s e-bulletin by ing Access the Preparing for Adulthood support materials: Independent Supporters: june-2014/public-tender-for-evidence-and-build-phase-of-independent-support- programme-is-launchedhttp://www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/news/january- june-2014/public-tender-for-evidence-and-build-phase-of-independent-support- programme-is-launched
Myth Busters Debbie Houghton Principal Policy Officer Tracy Ryan Policy Officer Pam Beaumont Project Officer SEND Reforms Children & Enterprise Directorate
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