Presentation on theme: "North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Chris Chart POLICY OFFICER Policy Up-date."— Presentation transcript:
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Chris Chart POLICY OFFICER Policy Up-date
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Time of Change Health Reforms Welfare Reforms Care Bill Children and Families Bill Austerity
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Health Reforms Clinical Commissioning Groups Health and Wellbeing Boards Health and Care working together to agree priorities for commissioning Disabled Children’s Charter for Health and Wellbeing Boards – Every Disabled Child Maters – 7 commitments http://www.edcm.org.uk/media/140960/disabled-childrens-charter-for-hwb.pdf
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Welfare Reforms Benefit cap Bedroom tax Changes to Disability Living Allowance – care and mobility components suspended after 84 days in hospital – Contact a Family and The Children’s Trust urging the government to change the rule. Personal Independent Payments
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Care Bill Although about how adults access social services, contains important changes relating to children’s transition to adult services. Duty on Local Authorities to conduct a child’s needs assessment before 18. Links Education, Health and Care Plans with adult social care assessments going into the future. Report Stage in House of Commons 10 March
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Children and Families Bill Children and Families Bill takes forward the Coalition Government’s commitment to improve services for vulnerable children and support strong families. March 2011 Green Paper - Support and Aspirations: A new approach to Special Educational Needs and Disability. Due to receive Royal Assent and be implemented September 2014.
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Children and Families Bill Main provisions: Adoption and Virtual School Heads. Family Justice System. Special Educational Needs (including those who are disabled). Childcare. Children’s Commissioner. Shared Parent Leave and Flexible Working.
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Part 3: Children and Families Bill SEN and Disability Progress: Has undertaken all committee and consultation stages Council for Disabled Children – Strategic Partner to Department for Education. 13 Pathfinders covering 20 local areas piloting reforms 9 Local Champions (NE – Hartlepool) SQW Evaluation Reports Produced: Key Working, and EHC Plans. To Produce: Social Care, Health, Post 16 and Schools
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Part 3 – SEN and Disability Current Position (March 2014) : Royal Assent - Implementation September 2014 Re-drafting the Code of Practice Pathfinders extended to March 2015 Programme of “Readiness” particular focus on personal budgets, preparing for adulthood and developing high quality EHC plans. Evaluation of Pathfinders and Evaluation Reports £30m to Council for Disabled Children for Independent Support Programme
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Independent Support Programme Managed by Council for Disabled Children 1800 Independent Supporters – 12 in every local authority area To help families navigate through and take full advantage of the reforms. One-to-one independent help and advice through the assessment, planning and redress processes.
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Children and Families Bill Amendments – successful lobbing Includes all Disabled Children not just those with SEN. Local Authorities have to identify all disabled children and include provision in the Local Offer. The proviso that local authorities must “have regard to a young person’s age” when assessing for a EHC Plan has been deleted. Local Authorities are required to identify the action they are taking in the consultation and writing of their Local Offer. Duty to provide Education and Health services identified in the EHC Plan. There will be guidance relating to Care and how it links with Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (1970)
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 How will it impact on Short Break Provision? Key aspects of the Bill: Requirement to produce a Local Offer that contains education, health and care provision from birth to 25. Must contain short break provision. Education, Health and Care Plans replace “statements”. Duty to provide education and health provision but not social care provision. Personal Budgets – requirement to prepare personal budgets in relation to EHC plans including Direct Payments. Requirement for Joint Commissioning – Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups Engagement and Participation of children, young people, parents and cares. Views must be taken into account.
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Principles underpinning the Code of Practice Involve children, parents and young people at every stage – family centred system. Participation as fully as possible in decisions. Clarity and transparency Collaboration and multi-agency working. Choice and control Personal budgets – putting families in the driving seat Key working
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Cultural Change Where possible provide at mainstream universal level Person Centred Single Plan and Assessment Outcome Focused not Output Transparent – Fair – Clear Communication Timely – (transition points and early intervention) Multi Agency Working Co-production - (fully engage with parents and children – at strategic and operational levels)
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Children and Families Bill Readiness How informed and ready are you for the reforms? How ready are you for the cultural change? Are parents carers children and young people aware of the changes ? Has your Local Authority made any structural changes in preparation of a fully integrated SEND service ?
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Resources and Links Pathfinder Information Packs : (www.SENDpathfinder.co.uk) http://www.sendpathfinder.co.uk/pathfinderchampions/http://www.sendpathfinder.co.uk/pathfinderchampions/ Council for Disabled Children – Strategic Reform Partner : The CDC website has searchable directory of organisations funded by government in relation to the SEN and Disability reforms, including Delivery Partners. (www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/getting-involved/sen-and- disability-reform-support-organisations) Delivery Partners - 7 Delivery Partners working with CDC and DfE - www.sendpathfinder.co.uk/deliverypartners Impact report available at : https://gov.uk/government/publications/impact-evaluation-of-the-send-pathfinder-programme Evaluation of Key Working: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-pathfinder-key-working-and-workforce-development-part-1 Evaluation of Assessment and Pathway Planning https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/275104/RR326B_EHC_planning_pathway_- _FINAL.pdfhttps://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/275104/RR326B_EHC_planning_pathway_- _FINAL.pdf
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 What are we doing? What do you want us to do?
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Short Breaks Network Policy Initiatives Readiness for SEND reforms Promoting good practice – Self Assessment Quality Tool Recruiting Short Break Carers – Personal care and inclusive/community based short breaks – Clarifying regulations Cuts in Short Breaks – people’s experiences ?
North East Regional Meeting 13 March 2014 Short Breaks Network Questions What are your priority policy areas ? What are your current challenges ? What successes have you had ? Are you aware of innovation/new ideas in short breaks? How can Short Breaks Network support you in developing and promoting best practice ?