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Transition to adulthood — 15 Mar 2013
This consortium provides specialist advice, training & support to professionals and practitioners to support them in implementing the SEND reforms.
The consortium is made up of three organisations; Mott MacDonald, NDTi and CDC. Together we deliver a range of flexible and tailored support to help improve understanding, build confidence and support best practice in relation to the reforms to SEND provision. Working with the sector we look at the issues and challenges of implementing the reforms and seek to find solutions by sharing and developing areas of good practice.
We provide a range of flexible support to local authorities through a network of 9 regional SEND leads. The regional lead is a named individual/individuals in either an individual local authority or a consortium of local authorities and their partners. They provide intelligence from the ground to highlight areas where further support is needed and provide a route to cascade information back to local authorities. The 9 regional leads are:
To support them in understanding their new legal duties and improve service provision we oversee a team of specialist SEND advisers who make regular visits to local authorities. They help identify any problems emerging and provide targeted advice and support to local authorities and their partners as needed. We also host a series of working groups that meet on a regular basis to share learning and exchange ideas for improving delivery.
To find out more about the SEND Regional Network visit https://www.sendpathfinder.co.uk/send-regional-coordinators
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 has been running since its pilot in 2015 and is now accepting applications for Sept 2019 – March 2020, with 40 spaces in total.
For more information visit https://www.ndti.org.uk/our-work/our-projects/leadership/leadership-training
This was an amazing course which really helped me understand the SEND reforms.
Assistant Director of Children Services
A key focus of the SEND reforms is around supporting children and young people as they move into adulthood. This means ensuring that they receive the right support, advice and opportunity to find employment, live independently and enjoy good health.
NDTi supports practitioners as they take on these new responsibilities through the Preparing for Adulthood programme (PfA). The programme is built on four key messages:
This year, through PfA, NDTi will be working on six key thematic areas:
Local Offers around PfA EHC Plans around PfA; Progress on integration and strategic joint commissioning; Strategic engagement of parent/carers and young people; Employment and paid work for young people; Progress on personal budgets and personalisation.
For further info please visit https://www.ndti.org.uk/our-work/our-projects/preparing-for-adulthood1/ or contact Julie.Pointer@ndti.org.uk
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, interactive tools and one-to-one advice.
CDC is leading work to support local areas joint working practice across LAs and local health systems. We are providing local areas with a combination of support at a regional level and more bespoke advice in relation to joint working and integration to support the implementation of the Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms.
Each local authority hosts an Information, Advice and Support service (formerly called Partner Partnership Services) where children, young people and parent carers can receive impartial and confidential advice. There are 150 IAS services across England offering support.
Local IAS services are supported by the IASS National Network, hosted at the Council for Disabled Chidren. They provide staff employed in IAS services with legal training, one-to-one advice and resources.
You can find out more about the IASS National Network and search for local IAS at www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/find-your-local-ias-service