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SEND Reform in West Berkshire. Briefings for parents, schools and practitioners July 2014. What will be covered. Overview of SEND Reforms and underlying principles – Jane Seymour The new Education Health and Care assessment process & EHC Plans – Jane Seymour

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Send reform in west berkshire

SEND Reform in West Berkshire

Briefings for parents, schools and practitioners July 2014

What will be covered
What will be covered

  • Overview of SEND Reforms and underlying principles – Jane Seymour

  • The new Education Health and Care assessment process & EHC Plans – Jane Seymour

  • Conversion of existing Statements to EHC Plans – Nicola Ponton/Tina Norton/Lucy Baker-Smith


The children families act 2014
The Children & Families Act 2014

  • Reform of systems and processes for meeting needs of children with SEN & Disabilities (SEND) arise from Children & Families Act 2014

  • Takes effect 1st September 2014

  • Detail is contained in the “SEN & Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years”, June 2014

  • There are also several sets of regulations which accompany The Children & Families Act

Key principles of send reforms
Key principles of SEND Reforms

  • Child and family at the centre of assessment, planning, decision making – “person centred” approaches

  • More choice and control for families

  • More flexible and creative solutions, personalised to the individual

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Key principles of SEND Reforms

  • High aspirations for young people with SEND

  • Effective collaboration between agencies

  • Holistic, joined up planning

  • Focus on outcomes including long term life outcomes

Life outcomes for young people with send
Life outcomes for young people with SEND

  • Paid employment, wherever possible

  • Living as independently as possible

  • Optimum physical and mental health

  • Friends and relationships

  • Being part of community

Overview of send reforms
Overview of SEND Reforms

  • School Action & School Action Plus replaced by one SEN category - SEN Support

  • Local Authorities must publish a “Local Offer” setting out all services available for children with SEND and their families

  • Statementing process replaced by Education Health and Care Assessments/ EHC Plans

  • Families have right to request a Personal Budget as part of EHC Plan

Overview of send reforms cont
Overview of SEND Reforms cont.

  • LAs have responsibility for young people with SEND up to age 25 – FE Colleges come within same legislation as schools

  • Young people with SEND over compulsory school age have legal rights previously held by parents

  • Information, advice & guidance services (Parent Partnership) must be offered to children with SEND as well as their parents

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Overview of SEND Reforms cont.

  • Information, advice & guidance services must cover health and social care as well as SEN

  • Children and young people must be offered advocacy service where needed

  • Increased requirements on LAs to offer disagreement resolution and mediation services

  • More joint commissioning of services across education, social care and health


Ehc assessment process
EHC Assessment Process

  • A new process for EHC Assessments has been developed with parents, schools and other agencies

  • This will replace the statementing process from 1st September 2014

  • The criteria for EHC Assessment are essentially same as for statementing

  • Process will be led by EHC Assessment Coordinators (3 new appointments)

Ehc assessment process how will it be different
EHC Assessment Process – how will it be different?

  • Much more involvement of child and parents throughout whole process

  • Holistic assessment and plan – covering education, health and care needs and provision

  • EHC Plan will look and feel very different from a Statement – more accessible and user friendly

  • Must be completed in 20 weeks (currently 26)

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EHC Assessment Process

  • Parent / school requests EHC Assessment

  • Parent is sent “We want to tell you…” pack and offered support to complete

  • Covers 6 areas: communication, learning, behaviour & emotions, health, everyday life, family & community

  • Information requested from school (if not a school request)

  • Decision re whether EHC Assessment needed

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EHC Assessment Process

  • If decision is not to proceed, SEN Manager/Assistant Manager meets family with school and other professionals to plan support

  • If EHC assessment agreed, Assessment Coordinator allocated to family

  • Assessment Coordinator meets family and reviews “We want to tell you…” document to ensure child and parents’ views fully represented, including desired outcomes

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EHC Assessment Process

  • Assessment Coordinator agrees with family what assessments are needed by which professionals

  • Professional reports requested – 6 week timescale

  • Assessment Coordinator ensures all professionals providing reports liaise with one another to avoid duplication and do joint visits / assessments where appropriate

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EHC Assessment Process

  • Assessments are completed

  • Assessment Coordinator discusses reports with parents and offers meeting if needed

  • EHC Panel considers reports and allocates indicative budgets

  • EHC Planning meeting held involving family, school & other professionals - chaired by EHC Assessment Coordinator

  • Assessment Coordinator drafts EHC Plan

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EHC Assessment Process

  • Draft EHC Plan issued, including any direct payments if requested / agreed

  • Draft EHC Plan must be issued within 16 weeks of EHC request (no school named at this stage)

  • Further discussion with parents if needed

  • Final EHC Plan issued (with school named)

  • Whole process must be completed within 20 weeks

Personal budgets
Personal Budgets

  • A “personal budget” is the total resource spent on a young person, some of which may be given as a “direct payment” (cash)

  • Families will be able to request a direct payment for the education, health and/or care aspects of the EHC Plan

  • Direct payments are already given in some cases for families to purchase social care provision (children’s and adults’ services)

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Personal budgets

  • Criteria for SEN direct payments are being developed – requests will be considered case by case

  • Health are also developing processes for health Personal Budgets / Direct Payments – will only apply to children who meet Continuing Healthcare Criteria

Ehc plan
EHC Plan

  • “Xxxxxx’s Plan” + photo (if child / parents wish)

  • Contents page

  • One page profile at beginning – what others like about me/ what is important to me/ how best to support me/ my hopes for the future

  • Strengths, difficulties & desired outcomes – communication, learning, behaviour & emotions, health, everyday life, family & community (in table format)

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EHC Plan

  • Name of educational placement

  • Type of placement

  • EHC Funding including any Direct Payments

  • Review arrangements

  • Signature

  • Appendices

Ehc plans
EHC Plans

  • Will specify health and social care provision as well as SEN provision

  • Only SEN provision is subject to appeal to SEN Tribunal

  • Parents must consider mediation before going to Tribunal

  • Parents can go to mediation about health and care aspects of EHC Plan or follow normal complaint processes if in disagreement

Reviews of ehc plans
Reviews of EHC Plans

  • Will be subject to Annual Reviews which will be carried out by schools on behalf of Local Authority (as now)

  • Annual Reviews of EHC Plans from Year 9 must consider transition to adulthood

  • Young person can have an EHC Plan in FE College, (or apprenticeship or traineeship) but not in Higher Education