Implementing the SEND reforms

On the 1st September 2014 the Children and Families Act came into effect and with it a raft of reforms and new duties on local authorities for how services and support are delivered for disabled children and young people and those with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

As part of their transition and implementation arrangements, the Government awarded a series of contracts to provide information, advice and support to those effected by the reforms. To help you find what's available to you we've pulled together a menu of support listing all the services, training and advice that is funded this year.

The Department for Education has also commissioned a number of organisations to provide specialist support on areas including dyslexia, autism, sensory impairment, SPLD, and young offenders with SEN. You can find a full list of these providers and a break down of the support they're offering on our resources page here.

Menu of Support


Support for Parent Carers

Contact a Family

Parents can get information about the changes to SEND provision  through the Contact a Family helpline and online resources. Their national helpline runs Monday to Friday between 9.30am-5.00pm on freephone number 0808 808 3555.

www.cafamily.org.uk

National Network of Parent Carer Forums

The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) provide information and advice to parent carer's and support their active participation both locally and nationally. They also offer assistance to local authorities and health partners on any emerging issues or challenges that may require additional support.

www.nnpcf.org.uk

Information, Advice and Support Services

Parent carers can access free and impartial support through their local Information, Advice and Support (IAS) service. To find out where you local IAS is located using the link below.

www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/find-your-local-ias-service 

Independent Support

To support children, young people and families through the transition from SEN Statements to the new Education Health and Care plans the Government launched Independent Support to provide additional help. To find your local Independent Support team visit the Independent Support website.

www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/find-my-is-provider

SENDirect

The SENDirect web portal has been designed to help children, young people and their parent carers find activities and support that suit their interests, preferences, lifestyle and budget.

www.sendirect.org.uk

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For Children and Young People

Information, Advice and Support Services

Children and young people can access free and impartial support through their local Information, Advice and Support (IAS) service. 

http://cyp.iassnetwork.org.uk/

Independent Support

To support children, young people and families through the transition from SEN Statements to the new Education Health and Care plans the Government launched Independent Support to provide additional help. To find your local Independent Support team visit the Independent Support website.

www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/find-my-is-provider

SENDirect

The SENDirect web portal has been designed to help children, young people and their parent carers find activities and support that suit their interests, preferences, lifestyle and budget.

www.sendirect.org.uk

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For Education Professionals

SEND Gateway

The SEND Gateway is an online portal developed by Nasen, offering education professionals free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

www.sendgateway.org.uk

Focus on SEND training

Focus on SEND training is a free course aiming to help teachers and educational practitioners working across the 0 – 25 years age range to develop high quality practice in order to better meet the needs of their learners with SEND. It is based on the evidence of what constitutes good continuing professional development (CPD) and so takes a practice- led, enquiry-based and collaborative approach.

oln.nasen.org.uk/

The Communication Trust

The Communication Trust support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication. They have developed a wealth of information, resouorces and useful tool kits to help professionals to communicate more effectively with children with SLCN.

www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/policy-and-practice/send-reforms/

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For Health Professionals

Designated Medical/Clinical Officers 

The health team at CDC host a series of regional workshops for Designated Medical/Clinical Officers 

Key to the success of the SEND reforms is ensuring that practitioners across the sectors are working together to share information and collaborate effectively. To support that objective we are providing regions with a combination of network support and one-to-one advice.

  • Regional Joint Working Workshop: We are hosting one-day workshops in each region to bring together local authorities and health commissioners to look at context, process and best practice in joint commissioning. In particular we will look at how joint commissioning works alongside other national programmes such as IPC, Transforming Care and CAMHS.
  • Targeted Support: We are offering each region up to 10 days support to address any concerns or meet a particular need. The support could include regional-workshops, action planning, targeted resoruces or targeted intervention for problem-solving.
  • Accelerated Working Group on Health: If there is an appetite in your region for an Accelerated Working Group then we can help facilitate this with key partners within your area.
  • Thematic Training Days: We will also be hosting a number of training days on key themes such as key working, health, early years, Outcomes and working with children and young people.

For further information about how to access any of the support listed above please contact Anna Gardiner at agardiner@ncb.org.uk

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For Social Workers

Council for the Disabled Children

We acts as a key point of contact for support, advice and development of practice around implementation of the reforms in social care including social care support days through the SEND Regional Networks. For support around implementation of policy or application to practice, contact aharvey@ncb.org.uk.

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For Local Authorities

SEND Regional Network

There is a SEND Regional Network in each of the 9 English regions with a regional lead committed to coordinating local authorities activity around implementation of the SEND reforms. You can find your regional lead using the link below. The network also provides information packs and resources on some of the key reform themes including the Local Offer, Personal Budgets and Joint Comissioning.

www.sendpathfinder.co.uk

Senior Management Leadership Programme

Part of the support offer to local authorities is a leadership programme for senior leaders which provides a combination of legal training, personal development and practical advice on delivery. The programme was successfully piloted in 2015 to 40 local authority representatives and will run again in 2016.

For more information visit www.ndti.org.uk/how-we-do-it/training/leadership-training/

Council for Disabled Children Online Modules

We have created a series of online modules that set out the new duties under the Children and Families Act and provide practical advice on how to deliver the reforms in practice.

www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk./our-services

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For Practitioners and Service Providers

Council for Disabled Children

We provide an information service for practitioners and professionals working in the SEND sector as well as a member service for voluntary and community sector organisations.

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