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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