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The Children and Families BillParent/Carer Conference

Judith Gainsborough and Hannah Lethbridge

Barnet Educational Psychology Team

12th March 2014

Welcome and Introduction

Children and Families Bill

  • Children’s SEN are picked up early and support is routinely put in place quickly;

  • Staff have the knowledge, understanding and skills to provide the right support for children and young people (CYP) who have SEN or are disabled;

  • Parents should know what they can reasonably expect their local school, college, LA & local services to provide, without having to fight for it;

  • Aspirations of families for their CYP is raised through an increased focus on life outcomes;

  • For more complex needs, an integrated assessment and a single Education, Health and Care Plan from birth to 25; and

  • Greater control for parents and young people over the services they and their family use.

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Children and Families Bill - Key Highlights

  • Involvement of children, young people and parents at the heart of legislation, including assessments and local offers.

  • More streamlined assessment process, which integrates education, health and care services, and involves CYP and their parents. New 0-25 Education, Health and Care Plan, replacing Statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments, which reflects the child or young person’s aspirations for the future, as well as current needs.

  • New requirement for LA, health and care services to commission services jointly re meeting the needs of CYP with SEN & disabilities.

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Children and Families Bill - Key Highlights

  • LAs to publish a clear, transparent ‘local offer’ of services for all CYP with SEN, so parents can understand what is available.

  • New statutory protections for young people aged 16-25 in FE and a stronger focus on preparing for adulthood.

  • Offer of a personal budget for families and young people with a Plan, extending choice and control over their support.

  • SEN duties will apply to Academies and Free Schools. A range of other institutions, including colleges, NMSS and independent specialist institutions will also have SEN duties

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Barnet – working towards implementation in September 2014

Three new working groups, reporting in to an Education and Skills Project Board

  • Local Offer

  • Education, Health and Care Plan and integrated assessment process

  • Personal Budgets

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The Draft SEN Code of Practice (0-25)


  • Be statutory guidance

  • Be shorter, clearer and more concise

  • Cover the new 0- 25 system

  • Include FE colleges for the first time

  • Include information for Health and Social Care professionals (they are named explicitly on the face of the Bill)

  • Include information on the new provisions in the Children and Families Bill i.e. EHC Plans, the Local Offer, Joint Commissioning etc.

  • Include information on the new single category which replaces Early Years/School Action and Early Years/School Action Plus and is known as ‘SEN Support’

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SEN Support

  • Replacing the current categories of School Action and School Action Plus (and their equivalents in early years) with a single category – SEN Support.

  • Focus on outcomes rather than processes.

  • For those who have SEN and who require support and/or interventions that are ordinarily available in their settings.

  • New SEN Code of Practice to give clear guidance on identifying children who have SEN and on the operation of this new single category of SEN.

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The Local Offer

Local Offer: key principles of emerging good practice from pathfinders

The Local Offer should:

  • be co-produced with parents and young people

  • fully involve services in its development and review (including schools and colleges, CCGs, the VCS and local health organisations)

  • be holistic and cover 0-25 education, training, transport, social care, health and support for employment and independent living

  • make clear how parent, carers & YP can access support and services,

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Local Offer: key principles of emerging good practice from pathfinders

The Local Offer should:

  • clarify how decisions are made, by whom, and what to do if things go wrong

  • be up to date, written in plain language, and available in a range of formats and locations

  • make clear to parents what provision schools and colleges will deliver from their delegated funding and what needs additional funding

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Progress of the LO Workstream

  • Draft local offer framework produced;

  • Audit of current services and sources continues;

  • Template with questions designed and ready to go out online to services and agencies.

  • On-going focus group work by Parent Partnership and parent/carer reps to plan consultation and engagement activities with parents/carers;

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Progress of the LO Workstream

  • Focus groups and social events for young people to gather views on Local Offer;

  • Engagement with Bobby Panel and Role Model Army;

  • Parent/carer conference on CaF Bill planned for 12.13.14 at Hendon Town Hall. SE7 Pathfinder adviser and parent will be speakers.

  • Working group of SENCos have met three times to finalise the schools’ offer.

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Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)and Integrated Assessments

Key Points from C&F Bill

  • Services to work together to formulate and agree a straightforward plan for the child or young person (CYP) from early years to adulthood (0-25 years)

  • Can be initiated by the CYP’s family, school or the CYP themselves (age 16+)

  • Must reflect the family/ CYP’s ambitions for the child/themselves and be person-centred

  • Must be reviewed regularly to reflect the CYP’s changing needs

  • Must provide clarity about responsibility for provision and resources and increase accountability

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Features of Integrated Assessment and EHCPs

  • Clear, concise, readable and accessible

  • Focussed on outcomes, specific about provision

  • Person centred and based on assessment of current needs, reflecting the CYP’s and parents’ aspirations for the future

  • Increased participation of CYP and their parents, who are at the centre of planning

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Features of Integrated Assessment and EHCPs

  • Increased accountability by education, health and care services by clarifying responsibilities and resourcing

  • Swifter process than statementing (20 weeks rather than 26)

  • ‘Forward looking,’ supporting preparation for key transition points

  • Specify other types of support where needed e.g. to secure paid employment and independent living

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Barnet’s Draft EHCP

  • Section 1: Personal Details

  • Section 2: All About Me

  • Section 3: My Plan

  • Section 4: Outcomes and Provision

  • Section 5: Educational Placement

  • Section 6: Resources, Budgets and Accountability

  • Section 7: Review Arrangements and Responsibilities

  • Section 8: Consent and Authorisation

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Progress of EHCP Workstream

  • Working group meetings;

  • Pathfinder learning and best practice;

  • Draft EHCP for use in pilot in Summer term;

  • Processes, protocols and handbook;

  • Audit of available resources.

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