Presentation on theme: "Janet Leach Head of Enfield’s Joint Service for Disabled Children Susan Tanner Head of Commissioning and Joint Planning Department for Children and Education."— Presentation transcript:
Janet Leach Head of Enfield’s Joint Service for Disabled Children Susan Tanner Head of Commissioning and Joint Planning Department for Children and Education Monday 7 th November 2011
Developing a multi-agency approach – with focus on schools new roles Sharing practice and exploring approaches to developing a ‘Local Offer’
The Government wants local authorities to set out a Local Offer which details the support and services that are available for all children with SEN or who are disabled and their families This should include how LAs work with parents, local schools and colleges, and with other local services including health. In relation to school provision, the Local Offer should describe what additional or different provision schools make for children with SEN
Aiming High Transformation The development of parent/carer participation – established forums, regional and national networks Increased children and young people’s participation The development of short breaks – Short Break Statement – leverage Improved collaboration and more effective joint working – between LAs, Health, voluntary and community groups has influenced commissioning practice Voluntary and community sector have played a significant role supporting the development of the workforce, working with parents and shaping service delivery
In Enfield we are considering how to expand and further develop our Local Offer relating to short breaks and family support services by:- Working with parents and front line professionals to consider how the existing local offer and SEN provision could be amalgamated into a single user friendly and transparent local offer.
Addressing the inherent challenges in this process, specifically how it will ‘look’ for pre- school, primary and secondary aged children and young people and for children with different impairments and needs Considering how to incorporate children’s and young people’s health services into this offer. Parents have developed expertise and knowledge – were and are involved in refining our Short Break Statement
In Enfield working with local parent groups has enabled us to develop more transparency. Parents are involved in delivering our commissioning strategy in relation to short breaks, having engaged with health, education and social care partners to develop and produce the local offer in relation to these services – so they have developed knowledge and expertise. Parents, schools and all professionals will need to consider how this information should be published and disseminated to ensure all families including those with BME and those that traditionally don’t engage with professionals can have timely and appropriate access to multi-agency information – the shared local offer
Wiltshire’s approach to developing a Local Offer Short Break Transformation Programme –Owned and developed with and by parent carers –Based on a very clear vision No Assessment Process (unless for specialist services) Early, and Earlier Intervention Prevention Choice and Control Inclusion, inclusion and inclusion –This vision was the building block for the Local Offer
Wiltshire’s Local Offer Builds up –from Universal Services Libraries, play areas, leisure services, changing facilities, sports clubs etc –to Targeted Services Bridging projects, NAS youth clubs, Peer Mentoring, Wheelchair basketball, Drumming, etc – open to all no assessment The Local Offer – choice of 4: Money – direct or managed, Sat & Hol Clubs, or Combination – no assessment just simple criteria –To Specialist Services Overnight residential, FLS, DPs etc
Emerging approach to developing a wider Local Offer as a Pathfinder Vision of a service wide local offer which builds on same principles –Universal... Targeted... Specialist Clear, easy to read, to understand, transparent description of all services Developed and compiled by all stakeholders
Working with schools and colleges Challenge! –Over 200 in Wiltshire – way, way more when you include pre-school settings –Academy agenda One idea is a web-based ‘Go Compare’ type model
Responding to the Challenge – to work creatively with schools, colleges, voluntary sector partners to find new and better ways to meet the needs of disabled children and those with SEN
Question 1 How to reform the system so that an integrated Local Offer can be provided – what would be needed to make the Local Offer work? Question 2 What do you already have in place that could be used to further develop integrated working leading to an inclusive Local Offer? Question 3 Do these need to be place before a ‘joined up’ local offer can be put in place?
Any other comments you have on the proposal for a Local Offer