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Children and Families Bill where are we now?. Julie Jennings Manager, Children, Young People and Families Team RNIB. Definitions and scope. We welcomed the extension of LA responsibilities to a wider group of CYP with SEND

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Children and Families Billwhere are we now?

Julie Jennings

Manager, Children, Young People and Families Team


Definitions and scope

We welcomed

  • the extension of LA responsibilities to a wider group of CYP with SEND

  • application of the new legal framework directly to academies and free schools

  • closely involving CYP and parent carers in decisions that affect them

Definitions and scope


  • the Bill should explicitly include disabled CYP including those with long term health conditions who may have health and social care needs but not SEN

  • early years provision should cover the PVI sector and home-based support

So what now

  • The government, following lobbying by SEC and EDCM laid down an amendment to include disabled CYP without SEN

  • Home based support gets a stronger reference in COP, especially SI, but still concerns about the PVI sector and naming them in a plan

Local integration and information

We welcomed

  • the emphasis on joint working and co-operation across services

  • stronger duties on health, social care and education to review and commission services jointly

Local integration and information


  • there need to be clear links between children's trust arrangements and Health and Wellbeing Board duties

  • accountability needs to be clear - not left to parents

So what now

  • Joint planning and commissioning has been strengthened with a joint ministerial letter (DfE/DH) and COP recommendation on regional planning especially for low incidence groups

  • Accountability is still an issue for parents and YP - Government announced 2 year funding for Independent Supporters to support CYPF during implementation

Local offer

We welcomed

  • the principle of a local offer

  • the local offer includes a wider range of services such as employment

Local offer


  • there needs to be an underpinning duty to provide what is set out in the offer

  • some form of national framework should inform the development of each local offer

So what now

  • The Government agreed to a change that strengthens the requirement to publish actions on parents' comments on what is set out in the local offer

  • There is a national framework for what a local offer should contain, but not the format

EHC assessment and plan

We welcomed

  • the concept of a single assessment process and multiagency plan from birth to 25 years

  • extension of statutory entitlements into FE, including training, apprenticeships and, in certain circumstances, YP who are NEET

  • recent statement on new health duties

EHC assessment and plan


  • CYP with health and care needs should be able to access an assessment and plan, where necessary

  • extension of statutory entitlements to include HE

  • there should be duties on social care services to deliver what is set out in EHC plans with a single point of appeal for parents and young people

So what now

  • CYP with long term conditions and no SEN are unlikely to get an EHC plan - their requirements will be set out in a care plan

  • There are stronger statements about HE in COP

  • The duty on health to deliver what is in the plan is good, and there is a stronger duty on social care through the CSDP Act

  • There will be a pilot to test a single point of complaints and appeals processes

Outstanding issues

  • General principle of presumption for inclusion not just rights of individual child

  • Special academies to admit children without EHC Plans

  • VI Registers

  • Mandatory qualification

Mandatory qualification

  • 2009 letter on MQ now included in a note in the COP

  • Other statements strengthen access to specialist support, including QTVI

  • Review of MQ by DfE, NCTL and NatSIP

    - Phase 1 updating spec for existing providers, including reviewing the outcomes

    - Phase 2 other providers

Context of the reforms

  • Capacity of LAs to deliver with deepening cuts to frontline services

  • Funding changes from 1 April 2013 in early years, schools and FE

  • NC review and its assessment and changes to primary and secondary accountability

  • Ofsted consultation on inspection of specialist services

Ofsted self evaluation

It is likely to include

  • Joint commissioning

  • Local offer

  • Social care needs

  • Personal budgets

  • Transition to EHC plans

  • The area’s focus on early intervention

Ofsted self evaluation


End of January

  • Finalize SET and contact local areas and providers to be involved


  • Request to local areas to complete SET

  • Visits to colleges and schools

Ofsted self evaluation



  • Initial analysis, including identification of areas for good practice visits


  • Good practice visits to LAs


  • Good practice dissemination event for LAs

What could it mean for VI services?

  • Using a single assessment framework and education, health and care plan

  • Involvement in personal budgets and direct payments

  • Framing a local offer for VI support

  • Understanding funding models

  • Different relationship for LAs

  • More open market for specialist advice

  • Focus on outcomes

And what's next?

  • Royal Assent by 21 March

  • Consideration of secondary legislation (regulations) and SEND COP

  • Phased implementation?

Early years

Preparing for adulthood

  • High aspirations need to be set at an early age…even when a child is very young…families need to know that they can go on to find work, live independently, with whatever support they need, and participate in their community.

From September 2014……

' the biggest reforms for 30 years' for CYP with SEND

Thank you!

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